Sixteen new occupations are now eligible for Express Entry

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Sixteen new occupations are now eligible for Express Entry

On November 16, 2022, the Government of Canada expanded pathways to permanent residence in Canada for sixteen in-demand occupations. Nurse aides, long-term care aides, hospital attendants, elementary and secondary school teacher assistants, and transport truck drivers are only a few of the 16 new occupations that became eligible under Express Entry. 


Immigration benefits our communities, economy, and more. It is important. To help solve the severe labor shortages across the nation, the Canadian government is trying to welcome immigrants who bring the skills required.


The announcement of the new eligible occupations was made after the implementation of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021, which allows Canada to bring in foreign workers in high-demand sectors like health care, construction, and transportation.


According to the Honourable. Sean Fraser, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugees: 

“We are addressing labor shortages with every option at our disposal, especially in major industries like healthcare, construction, and transportation. These reforms will benefit Canadians who require these services as well as employers by giving them access to a more qualified workforce that will help drive our economy into a successful future. I’m excited to report that there are now more options for these in-demand workers to get permanent residency in Canada.


Occupations That Became Eligible

The IRCC has added 16 jobs that are now eligible through Express Entry through the NOC update since many industries are now experiencing labor shortages around the nation. This will make it easier for many foreign workers who want to immigrate to Canada as well as some people who are currently employed in entry-level positions. 

These professions consist of:

  • 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


NOC 2021 impact on immigrants:


One of Canada’s top ways for attracting skilled immigrants to the nation is through Express Entry. The new NOC 2021 will allow previously ineligible candidates to now to be accepted into the Express Entry pool if they meet the updated eligibility requirements.


According to the Honourable Carla Qualthrough, Minister of Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion:

“NOC 2021 is good news for Canadian employers, for immigrants who are ready to work in Canada, and for a newly eligible group of employees who will now have access to the Express Entry pathway to permanent residency. With these adjustments, we are more prepared to confront labor shortages face and build our economy with more comprehensive, skilled employees.”


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