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After a long wait, we are thrilled to bring you the latest update from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regarding the Targeted Express Entry Draws in 2023. IRCC has announced a new category-based selection process within its Express Entry system, aimed at attracting skilled newcomers with work experience in a list of priority occupations to become permanent residents.

This innovative approach is designed to address the urgent need for skilled workers across various sectors in the country, while also strengthening French-speaking communities. The announcement was made by the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister, who emphasized the positive impact this initiative will have on Canada’s economy and society.

The upcoming targeted draws include 82 occupations under 6 broad categories. Some prime examples of occupations include Truck Drivers, Health Care Workers, IT Professionals, Tradesmen, Farmers, and many more.

In this article, we will dive into the details of these exciting changes, their implications for aspiring immigrants, and how they can enhance your chances of securing permanent residency in Canada.

Targeted Express Entry Rounds of Invitations: Category-Based Selection

These draws will focus on specific occupations under the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER, aiming to address the evolving labor market needs in Canada.

First Invitations Expected This Summer

The initial round of invitations based on the new category system is anticipated to be sent during the upcoming summer season. This marks an important milestone in the implementation of the revised immigration process.

Choosing the Categories

The process of selecting the categories involved fulfilling the legal requirements outlined by legislation. The Minister of Immigration participated in public consultations, engaging with provinces, territories, industry representatives, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners.

Reporting to Parliament

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will provide a report to Parliament annually which will include details about the categories chosen in the previous year, the reasons behind their selection, the instructions followed to establish each category, and the number of invitations issued for each specific category. This transparency aims to keep the public informed about the decision-making process and outcomes.

6 Categories and 82 Occupations Selected for Targeted Express Entry Draws 2023

The recent announcement by the IRCC introduces several new selection categories for Express Entry candidates, aimed at further enhancing the system’s efficiency and inclusiveness.

To be eligible for these targeted Express Entry draws, candidates must have a minimum of six months of continuous work experience (in Canada or abroad) during the last 3 years, in any of the occupations listed below.

  • French-language proficiency
  • Healthcare Occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Skilled Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations (including Truck Drivers)
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

Let’s check out the NOC TEER Codes of the various eligible candidates in the following sections.

1. French Language Proficiency

To qualify for the French-language proficiency category, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. French-Language Test Results: You must provide French-language test results that demonstrate a minimum score of 7 in all four language abilities according to the Niveaux de comp├ętence linguistique canadiens (Canadian Language Benchmarks).
  2. Draw-Specific Requirements: You must fulfill all the requirements specified in the instructions for the particular round you are applying for. These instructions will outline additional criteria and guidelines that must be met.

Please note that comprehensive eligibility details for this category will be provided in the instructions for each round. It is important to review the instructions thoroughly to ensure you meet all the necessary criteria for a successful application.

2. Healthcare Occupations

This group includes various supporting roles in the healthcare industry which includes assisting healthcare professionals in their work as well. Some examples of these roles are dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants, medical laboratory assistants, nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates, pharmacy technical assistants, pharmacy assistants, and other similar healthcare support roles. Check the detailed NOC TEER codes eligible for targeted Express Entry Draws under the Healthcare occupations below:

Occupation2021 NOC code
Audiologists and speech language pathologists31112
Dieticians and nutritionists31121
Education counsellors41320
General practitioners and family physicians31102
Instructors of persons with disabilities42203
Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment31204
Licensed practical nurses32101
Massage therapists32201
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations33101
Medical laboratory technologists32120
Medical radiation technologists32121
Medical sonographers32122
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates33102
Nurse practitioners31302
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors31300
Occupational therapists31203
Other assisting occupations in support of health services33109
Other practitioners of natural healing32209
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating31209
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment32109
Paramedical occupations32102
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants33103
Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals31303
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses31301
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists32103
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine31100
Specialists in surgery31101
Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies41301
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists32200
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3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations

STEM occupations are job roles that focus on using knowledge and skills from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to drive advancements and innovations. These occupations prioritize the application of STEM expertise as a key aspect of the job. The NOC TEER codes for the candidates eligible for targeted Express Entry draws are given below:

Occupation2021 NOC Code
Architecture and science managers20011
Business systems specialists21221
Civil Engineers21300
Computer and information systems managers20012
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)21311
Computer systems developers and programmers21230
Cybersecurity specialists21220
Data scientists21211
Database analysts and data administrators21223
Electrical and electronics engineers21310
Engineering managers20010
Industrial and manufacturing engineers21321
Information systems specialists21222
Land surveyors21203
Landscape Architects21201
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries21210
Metallurgical and materials engineers21322
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers41400
Software developers and programmers21232
Software engineers and designers21231
Urban and land use planners21202
Web designers21233
Web developers and programmers21234

4. Skilled Trade Occupations

Skilled trade occupations in Canada encompass a wide range of fields, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, welding, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), automotive service, and many others. These trades require specialized knowledge, technical expertise, and hands-on experience. The list of eligible occupations under this category is mentioned below:

Occupation2021 NOC code
Residential and commercial installers and servicers73200
Elevator constructors and mechanics72406
Machine fitters72405
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics72402
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
Electricians (except industrial and power system)72200
Welders and related machine operators72106
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers72014

5. Transport occupations

These are some examples of transport occupations categorized under the NOC TEER system in Canada. Each occupation has specific requirements and may require relevant licenses or certifications depending on the province or territory where you intend to work.

Transport truck drivers have become a significant category within the Express Entry system due to recent changes. These changes have emphasized the importance of this occupation, making it one of the key categories. You can learn about Truck Driver PR in Canada Through Express Entry here.

Occupation2021 NOC code
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors93200
Transport truck drivers73300
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators72604
Engineer officers, water transport72603
Deck officers, water transport72602
Air traffic controllers and related occupations72601
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors72600
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors72404
Railway carmen/women72403
Managers in transportation70020

6. Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations

Agriculture and agri-food occupations refer to job roles that are directly related to the agricultural and food production industry. These occupations involve tasks such as farming, crop cultivation, livestock management, food processing, and distribution. The eligible occupations under this category are mentioned below:

Occupations2021 NOC Code
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
Butchers- retail and wholesale63201

For further details, please visit IRCC’s official website here.

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Impact of Targeted Express Entry Draws on CRS Score

The targeted Express Entry draws are anticipated to have a specific impact on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score as follows:

Decrease in CRS Cutoff Score

Express Entry profiles with work experience in one of the targeted occupations or National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes are expected to observe a drop in the CRS cutoff score. This means that individuals who possess skills and experience aligned with the targeted occupations will have a higher chance of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Increase in CRS Cutoff Score

On the other hand, profiles that do not fall within the targeted occupations or NOC codes may experience an increase in the CRS cutoff score. This implies that individuals whose skills and experience do not match the targeted occupations may face a more competitive environment and might require a higher CRS score to receive an invitation to apply.

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  • On-going support from an RCIC throughout the process and even after

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