Healthcare and STEM make up the majority of occupations eligible for Express Entry category-based selection

Posted on June 30, 2023 at 08:00 am EDT

Healthcare and STEM occupations are the top two categories in Express Entry category-based selection.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new selection categories for Express Entry candidates on May 31.

Yesterday, IRCC held the first Express Entry category-based draw that invited healthcare workers. He says he will invite more health workers over the next week. In addition, the IRCC plans to conduct its first round of Category-Based Giveaways for STEM Workers next week.

The categories largely depend on a candidate’s occupation or work experience in a specific field in demand.

IRCC says the new categories were chosen based on labor market information, including projections and input from stakeholders across the country.

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The department used this data to select six new categories for Express Entry candidates in the next draws this year. The new categories are intended to support Canada’s economic objectives or promote French-speaking immigration outside of Canada. Quebec.

The new categories are:

  • health occupations
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations
  • business occupations
  • transportation occupations
  • Agricultural and agri-food occupations
  • command of the French language

All of these categories are considered in-demand and important to keeping Canada’s economy and workforce strong. However, two selection categories stand out for the number of eligible occupations.

Healthcare occupations lead demand

Canada’s population is aging and the birth rate is among the lowest in the world. Nine million Canadians are expected to reach age 65 by 2030. This means that in the coming years there will be increased demand on the healthcare system and fewer people to fill the gaps in the workforce left by large numbers of retirees.

Selecting immigrant candidates with proven experience in a health care occupation can reduce incoming pressure on Canada’s already under strained health care system.

Recent job vacancy data from Statistics Canada shows that there were 144,500 job vacancies in the health and social care sector as of March 2023, representing 17.7% of all job vacancies.

Nearly half of the occupations eligible for the new category-based drawings fall under the healthcare category and include a wide range of occupations:

  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • chiropractors
  • dentists
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • education counselors
  • General practitioners and family practitioners
  • Instructors of people with disabilities
  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and evaluation.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • masseurs
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
  • medical sonographers
  • Nursing aides, stretcher bearers, and patient service associates
  • nurse practitioner
  • Nursing Coordinators and Supervisors
  • occupational therapists
  • optometrists
  • Other auxiliary occupations in support of health services
  • Other Natural Healing Practitioners
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosis and treatment
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • paramedical occupations
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
  • physiotherapists
  • psychologists
  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists, and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • Surgery specialists
  • Therapists in counseling and related specialty therapies
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
  • vets

STEM occupations

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations are also in growing demand in Canada. A report by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada showed that revenue from the information, communications and technology industry reached an estimated $242 billion in 2021.

Canada is also an AI (artificial intelligence) hub with 1,032 AI and machine learning companies and Invest in Canada reports that Canada ranks fourth for global competitiveness in AI implementation, innovation and investment.

A report published by Statistics Canada last November says that the high retirement rate and the rapid evolution of technology and automation used in business and daily life are contributing to a skills gap in Canada’s workforce. He says this is causing some employers in Canada to hire less-qualified candidates, which can slow business growth.

Many of the eligible occupations under the STEM category have competitive starting salaries. A Statistics Canada report released in April of this year shows that the average starting income for international students in a STEM occupation with a bachelor’s degree (as of 2019) was $52,000.

There are 23 STEM occupations listed as eligible for category-based selection drawings.

  • architects
  • Architecture and science managers
  • Business systems specialists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • Computer systems developers and programmers
  • Cybersecurity specialists
  • data scientists
  • Database analysts and data administrators.
  • electrical and electronic engineers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers.
  • information systems specialists
  • The Surveyors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  • Software developers and programmers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Urban and land use planners
  • web designers
  • Web developers and programmers

Eligibility for the new categories

If a candidate has the required work experience for one of these categories, which is at least six months of continuous work experience in an eligible occupation (within the last three years) in Canada or abroad, they must still ensure they are eligible for a Express Entry Program. Having the necessary work experience alone is not enough to be eligible.

Express Entry is an application management system that monitors the Federal Skilled Worker Programhe Federal Skilled Trades Programand the Canadian Experience Class. All of these programs have their own work experience, education, and language criteria that must be met to enter the Express Entry application pool.

In the new selection category draws, the IRCC says it will continue to rank candidates using the Comprehensive rating system (CRS). Those who have the highest scores are still the most likely to receive a Invitation to apply for permanent residence.

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