Canada’s first Category-based Express Entry draw extends invitations to healthcare professionals in the upcoming week

Invitations to healthcare professionals

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched the introduction of new selection categories for Express Entry applicants. This week, It held the first ever category-based express entry draw that extended invitations for healthcare professionals as well. Moreover, these categories are highly dependent on the candidate’s occupation and  work experience in a particular in-demand field.


IRCC states that these new categories were chosen based on labor market information that also include projections and input from stakeholders across the country. These categories aim at supporting Canada’s economic concerns and facilitate francophone immigration outside of Quebec

The new categories chosen for 2023 are:

  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Trade and Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations
  • French Language proficiency

The categories mentioned above are in-demand and considered important to build a strong economy and labor for Canada. Besides this, Healthcare and STEM stand out from the crowd for the number of eligible occupations,

Healthcare Occupations 

One of the important causes for labor shortages in Canada is the low birth rate and aging population. Statistics prove that 9 million Canadians will turn 65 by 2030. This will result in high demand for the healthcare system in the coming years. By addressing this, IRCC is prioritizing immigration candidates with healthcare experience who could help fill the 144,500 vacant positions in the healthcare and social assistance sector, accounting for 17.7% of all unfilled jobs as of March 2023 (Statistics Canada).

Some of the eligible occupations for the new category-based draws come under the healthcare category that also include:

  • Audiologists and speech language pathologists
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians and nutritionists
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • Specialists in surgery
  • Veterinarians
  • Massage Therapists


STEM Occupations

The demand for STEM occupations, especially in fields like Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) industry is immensely growing. According to the ICT report Information, Communications and Technology industry revenues reached an estimated $242 billion in 2021.

Canada is called the Artificial Intelligence (AI) hub with 1,032 AI and machine learning companies. Invest in Canada reports that Canada ranks fourth for its global competitiveness in AI implementation, innovation, and investment.

However, the retirement rate and fast technological advancements create a skill gap in the labor force causing employers in Canada to hire less qualified candidates which decreases in business growth. 

The occupations listed in the category-based draws that come under STEM are:

  • Architecture and science managers
  • Business systems specialists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Computer systems developers and programmers
  • Cybersecurity specialists
  • Data scientists
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • Information systems specialists
  • Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries
  • Software developers and programmers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Web designers

IRCC states that it will be ranking candidates using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and those applicants with higher scores are  most likely to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

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