Canada has introduced a fresh system to extend a warm welcome to skilled individuals who possess work experience in high-demand occupations, enabling them to become permanent residents.

The IRCC made a groundbreaking announcement on May 31st regarding the introduction of category-based selection within Canada’s Express Entry system, which manages economic immigration. This new approach will enable Canada to issue invitations to apply for permanent residency to individuals who possess specific skills, training, or language proficiency. Further information regarding the timing of invitations for each category and the application process will be disclosed in the coming weeks.

This year, category-based selection invitations will primarily target candidates who excel in the following areas:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the French language
  • Work experience in the following fields:
    • Healthcare
    • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
    • Skilled trades like carpentry, plumbing, and contracting
    • Transportation
    • Agriculture and agri-food

By expanding the invitation pool to include more skilled professionals in these sectors, category-based selection aligns with Canada’s commitment to welcoming individuals with in-demand expertise into communities throughout the country. Moreover, by emphasizing Francophone immigration, the Canadian government ensures that French-speaking communities can continue to thrive in Canada while preserving their preferred official language.

Category-based selection will enhance the responsiveness of Express Entry to Canada’s evolving economic and labor market requirements, while building upon the successful high human capital approach of the country’s economic immigration system. These priorities maintain the focus on attracting skilled workers who have the potential to integrate and make significant contributions to Canada’s future.

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