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New Selection Categories

IRCC Announced New Selection Categories for Express Entry Candidates in Canada

The Express Entry program in Canada has recently introduced new selection categories designed to enhance the immigration system and attract skilled workers. The introduction of these categories offers exciting opportunities for prospective immigrants to pursue their dreams of living and working in Canada.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, has recently announced new category-based selection draws for Express Entry candidates. Mr. Fraser is of the opinion that by accepting more talented workers in particular fields, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may support Canada’s commitment to welcoming in-demand professionals into communities all around the nation.

Introducing the New Selection Categories for Express Entry 2023 Draws

Express Entry draws will now prioritize applicants with a strong French language proficiency or job experience in the following streams:

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Category 1: Healthcare

Category 2: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Professions

Category 3: Carpenters, Plumbers, and Contractors

Category 4: Transport

Category 5: Agriculture and Agri-Food

Note: Selection draws for Express Entry under these additional categories are anticipated by the end of the summer.

Why are There Being Added New Express Entry Categories?


According to IRCC, new categories have been introduced to fill vacancies across Canada. It is believed that immigration will be crucial in addressing the labor deficit and improving the standing of the French language in communities of French outside of Quebec.

In light of this, Fraser stated, “Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labor shortages. 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 labor 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.”

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The categories were selected in accordance with the law, which mandates that the Minister participate in open consultation with provinces and territories, business executives, labor activists, unions, employers, and organizations that offer services for settling immigrants.

How Does IRCC Decide Which Categories to Report On?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to determine the categories rely upon:

  • Information and estimates about the labor market
  • Feedback from partners around the nation, such as the provinces and territories and stakeholders. They provide Parliament with reports each year on:
  • The categories selected the year before.
  • The rationale and selection process.
  • The guidelines for creating a category.
  • The number of invites sent out for each category.
  • Additionally,
  • Incorporate details regarding category-based selection in the Express Entry Year-End Report.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate categories.
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