Canada Introduces New Process to Welcome Skilled Immigrants for Permanent Residency


Ottawa, May 31, 2023—Recognizing the urgent need to fill numerous job vacancies throughout the country, the Government of Canada is taking significant steps to leverage immigration as a solution. By creating an immigration system that drives growth, supports businesses, addresses labor demands, and strengthens French communities, Canada aims to secure long-term economic and social prosperity for its citizens.

Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Sean Fraser, announced the introduction of a groundbreaking selection process within Canada's primary economic immigration management system, Express Entry. This new category-based selection will enable Canada to issue invitations to apply for permanent residency to individuals possessing specific skills, training, or language proficiency. More information regarding the timing of invitations for specific categories and application procedures will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

This year, the category-based selection invitations will primarily target candidates who demonstrate either a high proficiency in the French language or possess work experience in the following sectors:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  3. Skilled trades, including carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  4. Transportation
  5. Agriculture and agri-food

By inviting more skilled workers in these priority fields, the category-based selection process underscores Canada's commitment to attracting and integrating in-demand professionals across its diverse communities. Moreover, by emphasizing Francophone immigration, the Canadian government ensures that French-speaking communities can thrive and preserve their language of choice in the country.

The introduction of category-based selection within Express Entry will enhance its responsiveness to Canada's evolving economic and labor market requirements. This approach builds upon Canada's successful economic immigration system, which has prioritized individuals with high human capital, fostering their integration and contribution to the nation's future.

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