Canada announced the category-based selections

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category-based selection

On June 28, 2023, the Canadian Government announced the category-based selection to invite skilled newcomers with work experience in healthcare to address this sector’s severe labor market shortages. 

Statistics Canada reported an all-time high of 150,100 job vacancies in health and social assistance in the third quarter of 2022, with 38 of the 58 occupational groupings that faced shortages between 2019 and 2021 concentrated in health. 

Employment and Social Development Canada’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) predicts that health care will become the largest employing sector in Canada, with over 2.5 million workers by 2031.

The use of these new features for a specific round of invitations to be sent to health workers, including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and optometrists, was announced on June 28, 2023, by the honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and the honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health. 

On June 28, the first round of category-based selection started and 500 healthcare workers were asked to submit. On July 5, 1,500 workers will be invited to apply in a second round. This phased strategy will guarantee the program’s successful launch.

This initiative will help increase access to healthcare services for Canadians and their families by focusing on applicants with experience in the industry and by bringing in the talent the nation needs. The first category-based selection rounds also promote Canada’s commitment to welcoming qualified workers and professionals into communities all around the country. 

These category-based selection rounds will continue throughout the year in addition to general invitation rounds, and additional information will continue to be released in the following weeks.

Express Entry Draws 2023


Overview of the first round of category-based selection for healthcare workers

On June 28, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the first occupation-specific Express Entry draw and issued 500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates working in healthcare occupations. In round #252, the cut-off score was 476 points. 

The tie-breaking rule for this round was November 12, 2022, at 12:47:27 UTC. As of June 28, 2023, there were 220,003 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool. 

On July 5, 2023, IRCC will hold another occupation-specific Express Entry draw for healthcare workers. This year, Canada issued 59,548 ITAs through the Express Entry draws.

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