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Express Entry: Targeted Occupations for 2023

As a leading global economy, Canada continually opens its doors to skilled professionals through the Express Entry program. The Government of Canada has transformed the Express Entry selection system to choose applicants based on job type in key sectors of the economy that need skilled workers.

Are you on the targeted occupations for 2023?

Express Entry 2023

A Glimpse into Canada's Express Entry Program

The Express Entry program forms the backbone of Canada’s immigration system that selects permanent residence. By ranking candidates based on their qualifications, skills, and work experience, the program meticulously identifies and invites top-ranking professionals to apply for permanent residence, ensuring a thriving and diverse workforce.

From IT to Healthcare, Engineering, Trades and Transport, to Agriculture and Agri-food.

Key Sectors Targeted in 2023

As we navigate through 2023, several sectors are seeing unprecedented demand.

01. Healthcare

The global health landscape places a premium on healthcare professionals, from general practitioners to specialists such as cardiologists and neurologists. Ancillary healthcare roles, like health informatics specialists, are also in high demand. Canada has a shortage of 50,000 health care professionals.

02. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The IT sector continues to dominate, with software developers, IT project managers, and cybersecurity experts in high demand. This need is driven by the digital transformation wave impacting all industry sectors in Canada.

03.Trade Occupations

Skilled trades occupations, such as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders, and heavy equipment operators, play crucial roles in Canada's construction industry.

04. Transport Occupation

The trades and transport sector is an integral part of Canada's economy. Pilots, heavy-duty mechanics, and logistics coordinators are among the most sought-after professions in this sector.

05. Agriculture and Agri-food

Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector seeks individuals skilled in agronomy, food science, and sustainable farming practices. Farmers, agricultural scientists, and food production managers are critical roles in this sector.

New List of Targeted Occupations in Express Entry.

Category-based selection is an integral part of the Express Entry system in Canada. It involves the selection of candidates from the Express Entry pool based on specific criteria or categories. These categories are designed to fulfill the economic needs and priorities of the Canadian government and provinces.

Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
Audiologists and speech language pathologists311121
Dieticians and nutritionists311211
Education counsellors413201
General practitioners and family physicians311021
Instructors of persons with disabilities422032
Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy312041
Licensed practical nurses321012
Massage therapists322012
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations331013
Medical laboratory technologists321202
Medical radiation technologists321212
Medical sonographers321222
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates331023
Nurse practitioners313021
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors313001
Occupational therapists312031
Other assisting occupations in support of health services331093
Other practitioners of natural healing322092
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating312091
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment321092
Paramedical occupations321022
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants331033
Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals313031
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses313011
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists321032
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine311001
Specialists in surgery311011
Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies413011
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists322002
Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
Architecture and science managers200110
Business systems specialists212211
Civil Engineers213001
Computer and information systems managers200120
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)213111
Computer systems developers and programmers212301
Cybersecurity specialists212201
Data scientists212111
Database analysts and data administrators212231
Electrical and electronics engineers213101
Engineering managers200100
Industrial and manufacturing engineers213211
Information systems specialists212221
Land surveyors212031
Landscape Architects212011
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries212101
Metallurgical and materials engineers213221
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers414001
Software developers and programmers212321
Software engineers and designers212311
Urban and land use planners212021
Web designers212331
Web developers and programmers212341
Occupation 2021 NOC code 2021 TEER category
Residential and commercial installers and servicers732003
Elevator constructors and mechanics724062
Machine fitters724052
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics724022
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics724002
Electricians (except industrial and power system)722002
Welders and related machine operators721062
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers720142
Occupation 2021 NOC code 2021 TEER category 
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors932003
Transport truck drivers733003
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators726042
Engineer officers, water transport726032
Deck officers, water transport726022
Air traffic controllers and related occupations726012
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors726002
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors724042
Railway carmen/women724032
Managers in transportation70020


Occupation 2021 NOC code 2021 TEER category
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services820312
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors820302
Butchers- retail and wholesale632013

Frequently Asked Questions

The Express Entry immigration system is a merit-based program introduced by the Canadian government in 2015. It aims to facilitate the selection and admission of skilled workers who possess the qualifications and experience required to contribute to Canada’s economy. Through this system, candidates are evaluated based on various factors, such as their age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability. By awarding points for these factors, the Express Entry system ranks candidates in the pool and invites them to apply for permanent residency.

The Express Entry system operates in three main steps:

Step 1: Eligibility Assessment

Before entering the Express Entry pool, you must determine your eligibility for the program. This involves assessing your qualifications, work experience, language proficiency, and other relevant factors against the program’s requirements. If you meet the criteria, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Creation of Express Entry Profile

In this step, you will create an online profile in the Express Entry system. You will need to provide detailed information about your skills, education, work experience, language proficiency, and any additional factors that may contribute to your eligibility. Once your profile is complete, it will be assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the information you provided.

Step 3: Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

The highest-scoring candidates in the Express Entry pool are invited to apply for permanent residency through regular draws conducted by the Canadian government. If you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you will have a specified period to submit a complete application for permanent residency, including supporting documents and fees. Once your application is approved, you can embark on your journey to Canada.

The Express Entry immigration system offers several advantages for skilled workers looking to immigrate to Canada. Here are some of the key benefits:

  1. Efficiency: The Express Entry system is designed to be fast and efficient, with most applications being processed within six months.
  2. Simplicity: The program has simplified the immigration process by centralizing the application system and reducing paperwork.
  3. Flexibility: Express Entry allows candidates to update their profiles at any time, providing flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances or improving their scores.
  4. Job Opportunities: The system connects candidates with Canadian employers through the Job Bank, increasing their chances of securing employment offers.
  5. Family Inclusion: Express Entry gives candidates the opportunity to include their spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependent children, in their application.

Yes, you can apply for Express Entry without a job offer. While having a job offer can increase your CRS score, it is not a mandatory requirement. The program considers various factors, and having a job offer is just one of them.

There are several ways to improve your CRS score:

  • Enhance your language proficiency
  • Obtain additional education or credentials
  • Gain more work experience
  • Obtain a provincial nomination
  • Secure a valid job offer from a Canadian employer

Individuals with a criminal record or certain medical conditions may be deemed inadmissible to Canada. However, each case is assessed on an individual basis. It is recommended to consult an immigration professional or lawyer to understand the implications of your specific circumstances.

No, the Express Entry program is not limited to specific occupations. Candidates from various fields, such as IT, healthcare, engineering, and finance, can apply under the program, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Yes, you can include your spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependent children, in your Express Entry application. However, each family member must meet the eligibility requirements and undergo medical and security checks.

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