Canada Introduces New Category-Based Selection for Express Entry

The Government of Canada has unveiled a transformative approach to immigration with the introduction of category-based selection. This innovative system within Express Entry aims to attract skilled workers who possess specific skills, training, or language abilities.

In response to the pressing need for skilled workers to fill numerous job vacancies across the country, Canada recognizes the significance of immigration as a solution.

The Government of Canada is committed to developing an immigration system that acts as a catalyst for economic growth, empowers businesses, meets labour demands, and reinforces French communities. These initiatives aim to ensure long-term economic and social prosperity for Canadians.

“We are launching a new process to welcome skilled workers with specific talents, training, or language ability to Canada. This innovative approach to our Express Entry system addresses labour needs and strengthens French communities across the country,” said IRCC in a Tweet.

Category-Based Selection for Express Entry

On Wednesday, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the launch of a groundbreaking category-based selection within Canada’s flagship economic immigration management system, Express Entry.

This innovative approach enables Canada to issue invitations to apply to prospective permanent residents who possess specific skills, training, or language abilities.

More detailed information regarding the timing of invitations for individual categories and the application process will be disclosed in the upcoming weeks.

Focus on French Language Proficiency and Key Professions

Under the new category-based selection, this year’s invitations will primarily focus on candidates who demonstrate a strong French language proficiency or possess work experience in key fields. The targeted professions include:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  3. Trades (such as carpentry, plumbing, and contracting)
  4. Transportation
  5. Agriculture and Agri-Food

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Strengthening Communities and Meeting Labour Demands

By inviting skilled workers in these in-demand professions, the category-based selection aligns with Canada’s commitment to welcoming professionals who can contribute to communities nationwide.

Furthermore, the government’s special emphasis on Francophone immigration ensures that French-speaking communities can maintain their way of life in Canada while integrating seamlessly.

Adaptable Express Entry System

The newly announced category-based selection represents a significant step towards a more adaptable Express Entry system that can respond to Canada’s evolving economic and labour market needs. At the same time, it builds upon Canada’s successful economic immigration system, which has long prioritized high human capital.


These measures aim to attract skilled workers who have the potential to integrate effectively and make substantial contributions to Canada’s future.

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As Canada continues to evolve and grow, the implementation of category-based selection within Express Entry underscores the government’s commitment to fulfilling labour demands, empowering businesses, and supporting the vibrant French-speaking communities across the country. By welcoming skilled professionals, Canada is paving the way for a prosperous and inclusive future for all its citizens.

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Manish Khandelwal
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Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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