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Prepared by Royston Roshan; Hema Upreti; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on November 24, 2022

According to the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021, Canada has added 16 additional occupations to express entry – Canada’s points-based immigration application system. Some of the professions currently covered by express entry include nurse assistants, nurse aides, long-term care aides, hospital attendants, elementary and secondary school teaching assistants, and transport truck drivers to fulfil the lack of skilled workers in critical industries including healthcare, construction, and transportation.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser commented that the changes will support Canadians who need these services and will support employers by providing them with a more robust workforce who they can depend on to drive the economy forward into a prosperous future.

Foreign nationals with work experience in the following 16 occupations are now eligible to apply through Express entry:

  1. Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
  2. Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  3. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  4. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  5. Sheriffs and Bailiffs
  6. Correctional service officers
  7. By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
  8. Aestheticians, electrologists and related occupations
  9. Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  10. Pest controllers and fumigators
  11. Other repairers and servicers
  12. Transport truck drivers
  13. Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
  14. Heavy equipment operators
  15. Aircraft assemblers
  16. Aircraft assembly inspectors

The NOC system, which has been updated to reflect changes in the economy and nature of employment, is used to track and categorise every job in the Canadian labour market and evaluate the occupational eligibility requirements for its temporary as well as permanent residence programs.



Miranda Ferrier, CEO of the Canadian Support Workers Association stated that the Canadian Support Workers Association rejoices the initiative to alleviate the shortage of personal support workers in Canada’s health care system. Most vulnerable Canadians are cared for by personal support workers at the bedside and critically need basic patient care.

The President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Stephen Laskowski added that the Canadian economy relies on the trucking industry and the announcement by Minister Fraser will help secure supply chains from agriculture to manufacturing by giving trucking firms access to a global labour force that was previously unavailable to the industry.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have declared that permanent residents, which include many Indians, will be allowed to enlist in the army as the military struggles with low recruiting levels.

Contact us to know if you qualify to migrate to Canada. Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn about finding employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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