“Navigating Express Entry: A Guide to Canada’s Most In-Demand Jobs”


Securing employment plays a pivotal role for temporary residents in Canada, not only for economic stability but also as a crucial step toward eligibility for permanent residence. Understanding the most in-demand jobs is key for newcomers to enhance their job search and navigate their immigration journey effectively.

Express Entry Category-Based Selection Draws: In an effort to align immigration with the country’s labor force requirements, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced Express Entry category-based selection draws. These draws target candidates with expertise in professions that Canada urgently needs workers for, focusing on five key fields: Healthcare, STEM, Trade, Transport, and Agriculture.

In-Demand Professions:

  1. Healthcare Occupations:
    • Nurses: Licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates, nurse practitioners, nursing coordinators, and supervisors, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.
    • Lab/Medical Assistants and Technical Medical Staff: Medical laboratory assistants, medical laboratory technologists, medical radiation technologists, medical sonographers, pharmacy technical assistants, and pharmacy assistants.
  2. STEM Occupations:
    • Engineers: Civil engineers, computer engineers, electrical and electronics engineers, engineering managers, industrial and manufacturing engineers, metallurgic and materials engineers, software engineers, and designers.
    • Business and Computer Systems Specialists: Computer and information systems managers, computer systems developers and programmers, cybersecurity specialists, database analysts, and data administrators, information systems specialists.
  3. Trades Occupations:
    • Residential and commercial installers and servicers, elevator constructors and mechanics, machine fitters, heating refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, construction millwrights and industrial mechanics, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, welders, and related machine operators, contractors and supervisors in construction trades.
  4. Transport Occupations:
    • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors, transport truck drivers, railway traffic controllers, marine traffic regulators, engineer officers in water transport, deck officers in water transport, air traffic controllers, air pilots, flight engineers, aircraft mechanics, railway carmen/women, managers in transportation.
  5. Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations:
    • Contractors and supervisors in landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services, agriculture service contractors, farm supervisors, butchers (retail and wholesale).

Eligibility for Category-Based Selection: To be eligible, candidates must have a minimum of six months of continuous work experience in the last three years, either in Canada or abroad, and already have a profile in the Express Entry application pool. Once a profile is submitted under one of the three Express Entry managed programs, candidates await relevant draws based on their inclusion in professional categories or their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Successful applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence, with 60 days to submit a full application. Upon approval, applicants attain permanent resident status and a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), allowing them to settle permanently in Canada.

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