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The Government of Canada recognizes the crucial role immigration plays in addressing labour shortages and driving economic growth. To support this, the federal government is implementing a category-based selection system within the Express Entry immigration management system. This new process will enable Canada to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language proficiency. The initial invitations will prioritize candidates with strong French language abilities and work experience in priority fields, including healthcare, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) professions, trades, transportation, agriculture, and agri-food.

The introduction of category-based selection aligns with Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled professionals and supporting French-speaking communities. By enhancing Express Entry’s responsiveness to economic and labour market needs, this initiative substantially supports the construction industry.

Quick facts:

  • Express Entry is Canada’s primary application management system for permanent immigration, encompassing the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
  • The new selection process aligns with legislative requirements and extensive consultations with provincial and territorial partners, stakeholders, and the public.
  • The first invitations based on the new categories are expected to be issued in the coming months.
  • Immigration is instrumental in addressing labor shortages, with almost 100% of Canada’s labor force growth attributed to immigration.
  • The construction industry is among the sectors benefiting from this federal initiative.

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Canada launches new process to welcome skilled newcomers with work experience in priority jobs as permanent residents