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In-Demand Occupations in Canada: Express Entry Categories

Updated: Jan 29

Express Entry Categories: Addressing Market Needs

To align immigration with labor force demands, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has implemented Express Entry category-based selection draws. These draws target candidates in the Express Entry pool with expertise in professions critical to Canada's workforce needs. The categories span five fields: Healthcare, STEM, Trade, Transport, and Agriculture, reflecting IRCC's strategic approach to support the Canadian labor market through immigration.

In-Demand Occupations: A Comprehensive Overview

The targeted professions identified by IRCC align with those highlighted by human resource consulting firms and popular job boards, indicating a shared recognition of the in-demand occupations. Here is a glimpse into some of the most sought-after professions across the specified categories:

Healthcare Occupations:

  • Licensed Practical Nurses (NOC 32101)

  • Nurse Aides, Orderlies, and Patient Service Associates (NOC 33102)

  • Nurse Practitioners (NOC 31302)

  • Physician Assistants, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals (NOC 31303)

  • Nursing Coordinators and Supervisors (NOC 31300)

  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (NOC 31301)

STEM Occupations:

  • Civil Engineers (NOC 21300)

  • Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers and Designers) (NOC 21311)

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NOC 21310)

  • Engineering Managers (NOC 20010)

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (NOC 21321)

  • Metallurgic and Materials Engineers (NOC 21322)

  • Software Engineers and Designers (NOC 21231)

Trades Occupations:

  • Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers (NOC 73200)

  • Elevator Constructors and Mechanics (NOC 72406)

  • Machine Fitters (NOC 72405)

  • Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Mechanics (NOC 72402)

  • Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (NOC 72400)

  • Carpenters (NOC 72310)

  • Plumbers (NOC 72300)

  • Electricians (except Industrial and Power System) (NOC 72200)

  • Welders and Related Machine Operators (NOC 72106)

  • Contractors and Supervisors, Other Construction Trades, Installers, Repairers, and Servicers (NOC 72014)

Transport Occupations:

  • Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors (NOC 93200)

  • Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 73300)

  • Railway Traffic Controllers and Marine Traffic Regulators (NOC 72604)

  • Engineer Officers, Water Transport (NOC 72603)

  • Deck Officers, Water Transport (NOC 72602)

  • Air Traffic Controllers and Related Occupations (NOC 72601)

  • Air Pilots, Flight Engineers, and Flying Instructors (NOC 72600)

  • Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors (NOC 72404)

  • Railway Carmen/Women (NOC 72403)

  • Managers in Transportation (NOC 70020)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations:

  • Contractors and Supervisors, Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, and Horticulture Services (NOC 82031)

  • Agriculture Service Contractors and Farm Supervisors (NOC 82030)

  • Butchers—Retail and Wholesale (NOC 63201)

Eligibility and Application Process: Paving the Way to Permanent Residence

Candidates aiming for category-based selection must have at least six months of continuous work experience in the last three years, either in Canada or abroad. They need to submit a profile under one of the three Express Entry managed programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Subsequently, candidates await relevant Express Entry draws for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on professional categories or Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores. Upon receiving an ITA, applicants have 60 days to submit a full PR application. Successful applicants are granted PR status, signified by a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), allowing them to settle permanently in Canada.

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