Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted its fifth Express Entry draw of the month.
Today’s draw is the second of the week. Yesterday, on December 18, IRCC invited 1,325 candidates with a CRS score of 542, in an all-program draw. The week before, IRCC issued 11,650 invitations across three back-to-back Express Entry draws.
The latest Express Entry draw held on December 19, 2023, issued 1,000 invitations in a category-based selection draw for candidates with professional experience in Trade Occupations. Invited candidates required a minimum CRS score of 425 to be considered for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
This was only the second time IRCC held a category-based draw that was targeted at candidates under the Trade Occupations category. The previous such draw was held on August 03, 2023.
Express Entry: Quick Eligibility
Type of draw: Trade Occupations (2023-1)
If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.
*Invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program may be issued through this round of invitations.
To be eligible to apply under the Trade Occupations category, you must:
Targeted Professions for Trade Occupations Category
NOC 73200 - Residential and commercial installers and servicers
NOC 72406 - Elevator constructors and mechanics
NOC 72405 - Machine fitters
NOC 72402 - Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
NOC 72400 - Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
NOC 72310 - Carpenters
NOC 72300 - Plumbers
NOC 72200 - Electricians (except industrial and power systems)
NOC 72106 - Welders and related machine operators
NOC 72014 - Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers
The demand for Trade Occupations in Canada remains strong as these jobs continue to play a crucial role in various industries throughout the country. Skilled trades, such as Electricians, Plumbers, and Carpenters, are essential for constructing homes, buildings, and infrastructure. The growing population and ongoing construction projects contribute to the consistent need for these trades.
Additionally, the maintenance and repair of existing structures further drive the demand for tradespeople. Industries like Manufacturing, Automotive, and Technology also rely on skilled trades for specialized tasks, ensuring the smooth functioning of machinery and equipment.
Canada's commitment to sustainable practices and infrastructure development further amplifies the demand for trades associated with green technologies, such as renewable energy and energy-efficient construction.
Furthermore, the category-based selection draws allow for the selection of candidates with the most in-demand skills to be chosen to receive an invitation to apply for Canada PR.
To meet the increasing demand, there is a focus on encouraging individuals (including immigrants) to pursue trade careers through vocational training and apprenticeship programs. As older workers retire, there is a need for a new generation of skilled tradespeople to fill the gap, making these occupations not only essential but also promising for individuals seeking stable and rewarding employment opportunities in the Canadian job market.
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