Targeted-Based Express Entry Draws For Healthcare Occupations

Targeted-Based Express Entry Draws For Healthcare Occupations

Sanjay Yadav Sanjay Yadav
[Published 15 Sep, 2023 | 05:02 PM]
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On May 31, Canada's Minister of Immigration Sean Fraser, announced the launch of category-based selection draws for Express Entry candidates. With the introduction of category-based draws, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to strategically address labor shortages across various key sectors in Canada.

Canada Express Entry draws in 2023 will now be focused on candidates who have a strong French language proficiency or work experience in the following fields:

  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food occupations
The categories for Express Entry draws were chosen after considering labor market projections and consulting with various Partners, Stakeholders, Provincial, and Territorial governments. By involving a wide range of perspectives - IRCC hopes that the upcoming Express Entry draws align with the country's economic needs and priorities.

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Why Were Healthcare Occupations Chosen?

Canada relies a lot on immigration to fill healthcare jobs. In the last quarter of 2022, there were 143,695 job vacancies in the Healthcare and Social Assistance category - making it the sector with the highest number of job vacancies in Canada.

Interestingly, a quarter of all registered nurses and 36% of physicians in Canada were born outside of the country.  But here's the issue: foreign-trained medical professionals often have a tough time getting accreditation from Canadian authorities and approval to work in their field in Canada.

To address this, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is making some changes to make it easier for foreign-trained healthcare workers to immigrate to Canada, especially doctors who are already in Canada on a temporary visa.

Jobs For Healthcare Occupations Category: Complete List

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists 31112
Chiropractors 31201
Dentists 31110
Dieticians and Nutritionists 31121
Education counsellors 41320
General practitioners and family physicians31102
Instructors of persons with disabilities 42203
Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 31204
Licensed practical nurses 32101
Massage therapists 32201
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations 33101
Medical laboratory technologists 32120
Medical radiation technologists 32121
Medical sonographers 32122
Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates 33102
Nurse practitioners 31302
Nursing coordinators and supervisors 31300
Occupational therapists 31203
Optometrists 31111
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 33109
Other practitioners of natural healing 32209
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating 31209
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessments 32109
Paramedical occupations 32102
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants 33103
Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals 31303
Physiotherapists 31202
Psychologists 31200
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 31301
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists 32103
Specialists in surgery 31101
Therapists in counseling and related specialized therapies 41301
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists 32200
Veterinarians 31103

Eligibility For Healthcare Occupations Category

To be eligible to apply under the Healthcare Occupations Category, you must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria of one of the Express Entry streams: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class.
  • Have at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience within the past 3 years in Canada or abroad, in a profession targeted for the Healthcare Occupations Category.
  • Meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round.
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How Does IRCC Choose and Report On Categories?

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) chooses categories based on:

  • Labor market information and projections.
  • Input received from partners, including provinces and territories, and stakeholders across the country.
Each year, they report to Parliament on:

  • The categories chosen the previous year.
  • Why and how they chose them.
  • The instructions to establish a category.
  • The number of invitations issued for each category.
They also:

  • Include information about category-based selection in the Express Entry Year-End Report.
  • Monitor and assess categories on a regular basis.

How Does IRCC Choose and Report On Categories?

Since June 2022, the Government of Canada has been planning category-based selection draws. This change was made to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow the selection of immigrants based on specific attributes that align with Canada's economic priorities.

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labor shortages. These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labor shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities. Put simply, Canada’s immigration system has never been more responsive to the country’s social or economic needs.” said Fraser.

The introduction of new categories aims to address the vacancies mentioned on the Canada Occupation In-demand List. Immigration in 2023 and beyond will continue to support the labor shortage in Canada and sustain the growth of the French language in French minority communities outside Quebec.

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