Express Entry Transport Occupations

IRCC to Resume Express Entry Draws this Week with a Focus on Transport Occupations

After a hiatus lasting over a month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has officially announced the resumption of Express Entry draws, with a specific emphasis on candidates in the transport occupation category. This update comes as a significant development in Canada’s immigration landscape and reflects the country’s commitment to addressing labor gaps in key sectors.

The last Express Entry draw occurred on August 15, and it was an all-program draw that invited 4,300 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496.  In a press release issued on September 18, IRCC confirmed its intent to issue invitations later this week to Express Entry candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for category-based selection in the transport occupation sector.

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This category encompasses a diverse range of professionals, including commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers, among others. The objective of these draws is to address labor shortages and enhance Canada’s transportation and infrastructure sectors.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller highlighted the significance of this approach: “As Canada grows its economy, we’re committed to improving transport and infrastructure to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods and passengers across the country. Category-based selection helps us invite newcomers with experience in transport occupations to fill significant labor gaps and ensure the future success of the Canadian transport sector.”

Category-based selection represents a significant shift in Canada’s immigration strategy. The federal government of Canada made required amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). As part of this update, IRCC introduced six new categories for Express Entry candidates, each targeting individuals with specific skills and expertise.

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These categories encompass the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Professions
  • Trades, including carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Agri-food

Since the introduction of these new categories, IRCC has conducted draws for healthcare occupations, STEM occupations, French-speaking candidates, and skilled trades. A total of 10,900 candidates have received invitations through category-based selection draws in 2023.

This approach aligns with Canada’s broader strategy to attract top global talent and address specific labor market needs. According to a report by the Globe and Mail, transport occupations are expected to account for one to two percent of Express Entry category-based selection draws, highlighting the country’s commitment to filling crucial roles in its transport and infrastructure sectors.

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The resumption of Express Entry draws with a focus on transport occupations represents a strategic move by Canada to bolster its labor force and support key industries. As the draws unfold, prospective immigrants in this category can look forward to the opportunity to contribute to Canada’s thriving economy and build a new life in this welcoming and diverse nation.

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