Sixteen Pathways Now Eligible for Express Entry Permanent Residency in Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced the implementation of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system starting on November 16, 2022. The new NOC classifications will allow Canada to bring in global talent in high-demand sectors like health care, construction, and transportation.

Nurse aides, long-term care aides, hospital attendants, elementary and secondary school teacher assistants, and transport truck drivers are examples of some of the 16 occupations now included in Express Entry.

What is the NOC System?

The NOC system is Canada’s official job classification system that tracks and categorize all jobs in the Canadian labour market. It is updated as there are changes in the economy and in the nature of work. As Canada is experiencing severe labour shortages, the changes to the NOC system support the goal to expand pathways to permanent residency for temporary workers and international students. There will now be more jobs that are eligible for the programs managed under Express Entry, including 16 occupations that were not previously eligible for permanent residency.

What are the New Occupations

Foreign nationals with work experience in the following 16 occupations are now eligible to apply through Express Entry:

  • payroll administrators
  • dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
  • nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  • sheriffs and bailiffs
  • correctional service officers
  • by-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
  • estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
  • residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • pest controllers and fumigators
  • other repairers and servicers
  • transport truck drivers
  • bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
  • heavy equipment operators
  • aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

There are many upcoming changes in the Express Entry system that we will soon see. As mentioned above, it appears that IRCC will transition away from a focus on CRS scores and conduct draws that allow Canada to welcome immigrants that help the country better focus on addressing specific areas of labour market need and weakness.

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