Since IRCC has announced six new categories on May 31, it has invited 500 healthcare workers through very first category-based draw under Express Entry.
The draw invited candidates with a minimum CRS, Comprehensive Ranking Score of 476.
A second round of 1,500 workers is going to take place on July 5.
The draw for STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics occupations is also expected this week.
Among all the six new categories, the healthcare occupation covers the largest share that is 35 in total.
Following are the occupations:
- Audiologists and speech language pathologists
- Dieticians and nutritionists
- Education counsellors
- General practitioners and family physicians
- Instructors of persons with disabilities
- Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment
- Licensed practical nurses
- Massage therapists
- 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
- Other assisting occupations in support of health services
- Other practitioners of natural healing
- Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
- Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
- Paramedical occupations
- Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
- Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
- Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
- Specialists in surgery
- Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
- Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
Other categories include:
- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
- trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
- agriculture and agri-food
- strong French language proficiency
Healthcare shortage in Canada:
Due to lowest birth rates globally & aging population, Canada is having a shortage in healthcare sector. It has been estimated that 9 million Canadians will reach the retirement age of 65 within next 7 years.
According to Canadian Statistics for job vacancy data, it has 1,44,500 vacant positions within healthcare and social assistance sector as of March 2023, or 17.7% of all unfilled positions.
There are some provinces who already hold the targeted draws for healthcare professionals through PNP draws. Alberta recently launched a Designated Healthcare Pathway, under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program, British Columbia invites healthcare professionals in almost every BC PNP draw and Ontario recently invited 318 foreign workers in a healthcare occupation.
Different categories has been choosen for category based draws after having the discussion with provincial & territorial governments & the other stakeholders helps IRCC to understand where the biggest labour force gaps exist.
The candidates who’s occupations comes under the specific categories should have atleast 6 months of continous work experience in one of the listed occupations within past 3 years. The experience can be either within Canada or out of Canada.
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