Express Entry Category-Based Draws

Canada’s New Strategy: Category-Specific Express Entry Draws

In a strategic move to diversify and enrich its immigrant pool, Canada has introduced category-specific Express Entry draws. These draws are tailored to pinpoint and attract professionals from six pivotal sectors for Canadian permanent residency.

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Express Entry Category-Based Draws

Traditional vs. Specialized Draws: What’s the Difference?

While these specialized draws are a new introduction, they will function in conjunction with the traditional Express Entry draws steered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Typically, the regular Express Entry procedure selects aspirants based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores. Additionally, certain candidates might be chosen due to their fitment with specific programs, notably the Provincial Nominee Program.

Zooming in on the Six Priority Sectors

Diving deeper into the six sectors prioritized by the IRCC for these category-centric draws, they are:

  • Healthcare Professionals: Given the global health scenario, healthcare practitioners are more crucial than ever.
  • STEM Specialists: Professionals who have carved their niche within the domains of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Trade Experts: This category encapsulates individuals with expertise in trades, highlighting roles such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors.
  • Transportation Industry Personnel: Encompassing those pivotal to the logistics and transportation sectors.
  • Agriculture and Agri-food Enthusiasts: As the backbone of the nation, those skilled in agriculture and the agri-food sector are in the limelight.
  • French Language Maestros: With bilingualism being a valued asset, strong proficiency in the French language receives special attention.

Making the Cut: How to be Considered

To be considered for these special draws, applicants must meet all the rules set by the IRCC. When these draws happen, the IRCC carefully checks and ranks those who qualify. Only the very best, those at the top, get invited for Canadian permanent residency.


List of Occupations Eligible for Category-Based Draws

Category NameJob Title(s)NOC Number
Agriculture and agri-food occupationsButchers - retail and wholesale63201
Agriculture and agri-food occupationsAgricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
Agriculture and agri-food occupationsContractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
Transport occupationsManagers in transportation70020
Transport occupationsRailway carmen/women72403
Transport occupationsAircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors72404
Transport occupationsAir pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors72600
Transport occupationsAir traffic controllers and related occupations72601
Transport occupationsDeck officers, water transport72602
Transport occupationsEngineer officers, water transport72603
Transport occupationsRailway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators72604
Transport occupationsTransport truck drivers73300
Transport occupationsAircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors93200
Trade occupationsContractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers72014
Trade occupationsWelders and related machine operators72106
Trade occupationsElectricians (except industrial and power system)72200
Trade occupationsPlumbers72300
Trade occupationsCarpenters72310
Trade occupationsConstruction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
Trade occupationsHeating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics72402
Trade occupationsMachine fitters72405
Trade occupationsElevator constructors and mechanics72406
Trade occupationsResidential and commercial installers and servicers73200
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsEngineering managers20010
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsArchitecture and science managers20011
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsComputer and information systems managers20012
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsArchitects21200
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsLandscape architects21201
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsUrban and land use planners21202
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsLand surveyors21203
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsMathematicians, statisticians and actuaries21210
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsData scientists21211
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsCybersecurity specialists21220
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsBusiness systems specialists21221
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsInformation systems specialists21222
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsDatabase analysts and data administrators21223
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsComputer systems developers and programmers21230
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsSoftware engineers and designers21231
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsSoftware developers and programmers21232
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsWeb designers21233
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsWeb developers and programmers21234
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsCivil engineers21300
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsElectrical and electronics engineers21310
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsComputer engineers (except software engineers and designers)21311
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsIndustrial and manufacturing engineers21321
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsMetallurgical and materials engineers21322
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupationsNatural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers41400
Healthcare occupationsSpecialists in clinical and laboratory medicine31100
Healthcare occupationsSpecialists in surgery31101
Healthcare occupationsGeneral practitioners and family physicians31102
Healthcare occupationsVeterinarians31103
Healthcare occupationsDentists31110
Healthcare occupationsOptometrists31111
Healthcare occupationsAudiologists and speech-language pathologists31112
Healthcare occupationsDietitians and nutritionists31121
Healthcare occupationsPsychologists31200
Healthcare occupationsChiropractors31201
Healthcare occupationsPhysiotherapists31202
Healthcare occupationsOccupational therapists31203
Healthcare occupationsKinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment31204
Healthcare occupationsOther professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating31209
Healthcare occupationsNursing coordinators and supervisors31300
Healthcare occupationsRegistered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses31301
Healthcare occupationsNurse practitioners31302
Healthcare occupationsPhysician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals31303
Healthcare occupationsLicensed practical nurses32101
Healthcare occupationsParamedical occupations32102
Healthcare occupationsRespiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists32103
Healthcare occupationsOther technical occupations in therapy and assessment32109
Healthcare occupationsMedical laboratory technologists32120
Healthcare occupationsMedical radiation technologists32121
Healthcare occupationsMedical sonographers32122
Healthcare occupationsTraditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists32200
Healthcare occupationsMassage therapists32201
Healthcare occupationsOther practitioners of natural healing32209
Healthcare occupationsMedical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations33101
Healthcare occupationsNurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates33102
Healthcare occupationsPharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants33103
Healthcare occupationsOther assisting occupations in support of health services33109
Healthcare occupationsTherapists in counselling and related specialized therapies41301
Healthcare occupationsEducational counsellors41320
Healthcare occupationsInstructors of persons with disabilities42203