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IRCC announces new selection categories for Express Entry candidates

Immigration Minister of Canada, Sean Fraser, has updated the category-based selection draws for Express Entry candidates.

The draw will prefer the applicants who have a strong French Language proficiency or work experience in the following fields:

  • healthcare
  • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • transport
  • agriculture and agri-food

The minister said that, by allowing IRCC to invite more skilled workers in these targeted professions will support the country’s commitment to welcome in-demand professionals into different communities.

The new categorised draws are expected to start later this summer.

Why new Express Entry Categories?

Immigration is the biggest source for reducing labour shortage and for growing the importance of French in minority communities outside of Quebec.

The new categories change will fill the vacant positions throughout the Canada.

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages” says Fraser. “These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities. Put simply, Canada’s immigration system has never been more responsive to the country’s social or economic needs.”

Here’s the complete explanation of the new Category-based selection draws:

How are the new categories choosen?

The categories were chosen following legislative requirements that the Minister participate in public consultation with provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners.

Each year, IRCC will report to Parliament on:

  • the categories were chosen the previous year
  • why and how they were chosen
  • the instructions to establish a category
  • the number of invitations issued for each category

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