The new NOC 2021 made truck drivers eligible for Express Entry
Express Entry is now available to truck drivers following the implementation of the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021. The update was announced by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in August, and 16 new jobs were added to the Federal Skilled Worker Program with the launch of the new NOC system on November 16.
Transport Truck Drivers take NOC code 73300 under this classification. It is still uncertain how truck drivers will be chosen through Express Entry. Canada might start conducting draws based on certain industries and occupations next year, so it is possible that truck drivers will be targeted then.
Shortage of truck drivers in Canada
The industry is experiencing a serious shortage of skilled workers as a result of various reasons, including high retirement rates and layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second quarter of 2021, there was 18,000 open employment in the Canadian truck driver industry, according to the 2021 Labour Market Snapshot of Trucking HR Canada.
Because trucking is such an important part of Canada’s supply chain, labor shortages and other interruptions have a major impact on the country’s economy.
According to the research, the trucking and logistics sector in Canada transports goods worth over $850 billion to both domestic and international markets. The Forest Products Association of Canada calculated that the industry was already losing $450 million in productivity because of the truck driver shortage even before the global pandemic emerged.
Express Entry for truck driver jobs in Canada.
The Express Entry immigration method, which is the quickest and most easy, is available to skilled workers. Through its three main immigration programs—the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program—it handles the processing of digital applications. Because these programs facilitate the processing of applications for permanent residence, skilled workers must register.
NOC impact on Express Entry
The NOC gives IRCC the information it needs to identify a person’s profession and the necessary level of education or experience. The NOC 2016 gave special attention to whether a role was NOC 0, A, or B. Instead, the NOC 2021 has developed a system that is based on a candidate’s education, experience, training, and responsibilities (TEER).
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