Workers in 16 new occupations are now eligible for permanent residency

OTTAWAON , November 16, 2022 /CNW/ – Immigration is not only good for our communities and our economy. It’s essential. This is why the government of Canada strives to welcome newcomers who bring the skills our economy needs to help fill critical labor shortages across the country.

The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced the implementation of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for immigration programs managed under the system. Express entry. The use of the new NOC categories will allow Canada to attract global talent in high-demand sectors like healthcare, construction and transportation.

Nurse aides, long-term care aides, hospital attendants, elementary and secondary school teacher aides, and transport truck drivers are examples of some of the 16 occupations now included in Express Entry.

The NOC system is used to track and categorize all jobs in the Canadian labor market and is updated to reflect changes in the economy and the nature of work. Changes to the NOC system support the Minister’s commitment to expand pathways to permanent residency for temporary workers and international students as more jobs become eligible for programs run under Express Entry . With this update, 16 occupations that were not previously eligible can now benefit from expanded pathways to permanent residency.


“We are using all the tools at our disposal to tackle labor shortages, especially in key sectors like healthcare, construction and transportation. These changes will help Canadians who need these services, and they will help employers by providing them with a stronger workforce that we can count on to move our economy forward for a prosperous future. I am delighted to announce the expansion of pathways to permanent residence in Canada for these in-demand workers.”
– The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“CNP 2021 is good news for Canadian employers, for newcomers Canada ready to take on the jobs they are qualified for, and for a group of newly eligible workers who will now have an Express Entry pathway to permanent residency available to them. With these changes, we are better positioned to proactively address labor shortages and grow our economy with a stronger, more skilled workforce. »
–The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

“The Canadian Association of Support Workers (CANSWA) applauds this decision to alleviate the shortage of personal support workers in our healthcare system. Personal support workers provide the majority of bedside nursing care to vulnerable Canadians across the country and are desperately needed to ensure that basic patient care can be provided. CANSWA and our members welcome the help of these new Canadians and hope that they will find a fulfilling new life in their new home.
–Miranda Ferrier, CEO Canadian Association of Support Workers

“All sectors of the Canadian economy depend on the trucking industry. Today’s announcement by Minister Fraser will help secure supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, by giving trucking companies access to an international workforce that was not not previously available in our area.
–Stephen Laskowski, President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance

Fast facts

  • The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the national benchmark for occupations Canada. It provides a systematic classification structure that categorizes all professional activity into Canada for the collection, analysis and dissemination of occupational data for labor market information and the administration of employment-related programs. Occupational information supports labor market and career intelligence, skills development, occupational forecasting, labor supply and demand analysis, labor equity jobs and many other programs and services.

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada uses the NOC to determine and assess employment eligibility criteria for its temporary and permanent resident programs.

  • Employment and Social Development Canada and Statistics Canada work together to update the NOC on an ongoing basis, with major revisions every 10 years, to ensure it reflects changes in the labor market. The review includes extensive research, analysis and evaluation of input received through consultations and research into the professions. Public and stakeholder feedback is an integral part of the review process.

  • Foreign nationals with work experience in the following 16 occupations can now apply through Express Entry:

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