Canada’s New Immigration System: What Jobs Are in Demand?

Canada has overhauled its Express Entry system to give prominence to skilled individuals in vital sectors, aiming to create a more efficient pathway for talented newcomers and address labor shortages while bolstering economic growth.

As you may be aware Canada has recently launched a new category-based selection system for Express Entry, its flagship application management system for skilled immigrants. The new system prioritizes candidates with work experience in priority occupations, such as carpentry, plumbing, and welding.

This shift intends to cater to the needs of Canada’s construction sector, which requires a steady influx of skilled talent nationwide.

This article provides a complete list of eligible jobs for the new categories available in Canada. It also discusses how to find out if your job qualifies eligibility criteria and other details about the new immigration system.

Express Entry in a Nutshell

Express Entry serves as Canada’s premier application management system for individuals seeking permanent residency through various programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.


The Launch of Category-Based Selection

“This is a major step forward in our commitment to attract top global talent and help meet the need for skilled workers in Canada,” said Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

“By focusing on candidates with work experience in priority occupations, we can ensure that we are filling the jobs that are most needed in our economy.”

Defining the Categories

The selection categories were meticulously determined through extensive consultations with provincial and territorial partners, stakeholders, and the public, and an assessment of labour market needs. The new category-based selection system is divided into five categories:

The categories for 2023 include:

  1. French-language proficiency
  2. Healthcare occupations
  3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  4. Trade occupations
  5. Transport occupations
  6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

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To be eligible for the new system, candidates must have at least one year of work experience in one of the eligible occupations. They must also meet the language and other requirements for Express Entry.

The first round of invitations under the new system will be issued on June 1, 2023. Candidates who are invited to apply will have 90 days to submit their complete application for permanent residence.

The new category-based selection system is a significant change to Canada’s immigration system. It is designed to make it easier for skilled immigrants to come to Canada and fill the jobs that are most needed in the economy.


Additional Details About the New System

The new system will be used to select candidates for all three economic immigration streams under Express Entry: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Candidates who are selected under the new system will receive an additional 50 points in their Express Entry score. This will give them a significant advantage in the competition for invitations to apply for permanent residence.

The new system is expected to help Canada attract an additional 100,000 skilled immigrants per year.


These changes to Canada’s Express Entry system signal a forward-thinking approach, ensuring the nation remains competitive on the global stage while addressing the immediate labour needs of its key sectors.


As skilled tradespeople and professionals from various fields find new opportunities to call Canada their home, the nation’s economic growth and vitality are set to flourish.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

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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