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This week, the IRCC will invite 1,500 Express Entry candidates in the third round of invitations.

For the third day in a row, IRCC has invited Express Entry candidates.

Candidates who are qualified for category-based selection in healthcare jobs received invitations today. A total of 1,500 people were invited. A minimum CRS score of 463 was required for candidates. This is the lowest CRS score of any Express Entry round awarded in 2023.

Category based express entry 2023
Category based express entry 2023

This is an ongoing narrative. CIC News will keep you updated when IRCC releases more Express Entry results today.

The healthcare category draw was expected after IRCC stated last week that it will send out invitations to 1,500 healthcare workers this week. This came after the first-ever category-based draw on June 28, in which 500 healthcare employees with a CRS of 476 or above were awarded ITAs.

On July 5, the first-ever invitations to candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions were issued. 500 STEM candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486 obtained ITAs in yesterday's round of invites.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also invited 700 candidates in an all-program draw on July 4 with a minimum CRS score of 511. Express Entry evaluates candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program in an all-program draw.

Occupations in healthcare for category-based selection:

Healthcare occupations have the most eligible occupations among the six new categories, with 35 in total:

  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

  • Chiropractors

  • Dentists

  • Dieticians and nutritionists

  • Education counselors

  • General practitioners and family physicians

  • Instructors of persons with disabilities

  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment

  • Licensed practical nurses

  • Massage therapists

  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

  • Medical laboratory technologists

  • Medical radiation technologists

  • Medical sonographers

  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates

  • Nurse practitioners

  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors

  • Occupational therapists

  • Optometrists

  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services

  • Other practitioners of natural healing

  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating

  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

  • Paramedical occupations

  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

  • Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals

  • Physiotherapists

  • Psychologists

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

  • Respiratory therapists, clinical percussionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists

  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine

  • Specialists in surgery

  • Therapists in counseling and related specialized therapies

  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

  • Veterinarians

Immigrants account for 23% of registered nurses, 36% of registered physicians, and 54% of dental technologists in Canada. Canada relies on immigration to meet critical labor-force deficits. According to Statistics Canada's most recent job vacancy data, there were 153,000 open positions in health care and social assistance in April 2023. This is the most vacancies across all employment sectors.

Draws based on categories:

category based express entry 2023
category based express entry 2023

On May 31, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, stated that additional categories for new category-based Express Entry drawings had been completed.

Following a modification to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022, the statement was expected. The amendment empowers Canada's immigration minister to pick economic immigration candidates who possess important characteristics that match Canada's economic aims or the minister's responsibility to promote the French language outside of Quebec.

The following are the new categories:

  • Healthcare

  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions

  • Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors

  • Transport

  • Agriculture and agri-food

  • Strong French-language proficiency

The categories were determined using employment market estimates and conversations with IRCC partners and stakeholders, as well as provincial and territorial governments.


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