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Express Entry’s Most In-Demand Jobs in Canada: A Pathway to Permanent Residence

Understanding the job market in Canada is crucial for temporary residents seeking to establish their lives and careers in the country. For those on work, study, or visitor visas, securing a job in an in-demand field can be a significant step towards gaining eligibility for economic pathways to permanent residence (PR).


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced category-based selection draws in the Express Entry system, targeting candidates with experience in critical occupations needed in Canada.



Express Entry and In-Demand Occupations:

IRCC’s new approach aims to align immigration with the labor force needs, focusing on five key fields:

  1. Healthcare

  2. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

  3. Trade

  4. Transport

  5. Agriculture and Agri-food

These categories help us understand not only the labor market demands but also the specific jobs IRCC targets to support the Canadian labor market through immigration.



Healthcare Occupations:

The healthcare sector includes a range of critical positions. Key professions identified by IRCC include:

  1. Licensed practical nurses (NOC 32101)

  2. Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates (NOC 33102)

  3. Nurse practitioners (NOC 31302)

  4. Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals (NOC 31303)

  5. Nursing coordinators and supervisors (NOC 31300)

  6. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 31301)



STEM Occupations:

STEM fields cover a wide array of professions. The most in-demand titles include:

  1. Civil engineers (NOC 21300)

  2. Computer engineers (NOC 21311)

  3. Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 21310)

  4. Engineering managers (NOC 20010)

  5. Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 21321)

  6. Metallurgic and materials engineers (NOC 21322)

  7. Software engineers and designers (NOC 21231)



Trades Occupations:

Trades are essential for manufacturing, construction, and repair services. In-demand professions include:

  1. Residential and commercial installers and servicers (NOC 73200)

  2. Elevator constructors and mechanics (NOC 72406)

  3. Machine fitters (NOC 72405)

  4. Heating refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 72402)

  5. Carpenters (NOC 72310)

  6. Plumbers (NOC 72300)

  7. Electricians (NOC 72200)

  8. Welders and related machine operators (NOC 72106)



Transport Occupations:

Transport roles are vital for the movement of people and goods. Key jobs are:

  1. Aircraft assemblers and inspectors (NOC 93200)

  2. Transport truck drivers (NOC 73300)

  3. Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators (NOC 72604)

  4. Air pilots, flight engineers (NOC 72600)

  5. Aircraft mechanics and inspectors (NOC 72404)



Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations:

This sector focuses on farming and food production. In-demand roles include:

  1. Contractors and supervisors in landscaping and horticulture (NOC 82031)

  2. Agriculture service contractors and farm supervisors (NOC 82030)

  3. Butchers—retail and wholesale (NOC 63201)



Application Process:

To be eligible for category-based selection, candidates must have at least six months of continuous work experience and an active Express Entry profile. Once an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR is received, candidates have 60 days to submit a full application. Upon approval, they are granted PR status and can settle permanently in Canada.



The introduction of category-based selection draws in the Express Entry system marks a significant shift in Canadian immigration, aligning it more closely with the country's labor needs.



At Yanique Russell Law, we understand the complexities of navigating these new immigration pathways. Our team is dedicated to assisting individuals in understanding these changes and guiding them through their journey to permanent residence in Canada.

For further assistance or to discuss your specific situation, please reach out to us at Yanique Russell Law.


Source: Express Entry’s most in-demand jobs in Canada | CIC News

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