Canada's immigration system continues to evolve, welcoming skilled professionals for economic growth and development. In a recent Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announcement, the first-ever category-based draw was held on June 28, 2023, inviting 500 Healthcare Workers.
Express Entry Draws for Healthcare Workers
In a groundbreaking move, the IRCC conducted Canada's inaugural category-based Express Entry draw, emphasizing healthcare occupations. This draw is a reflection of Canada's recognition of the invaluable contributions made by healthcare professionals, especially in the wake of the global pandemic. The draw, which took place on June 28, invited 500 Healthcare Workers to apply for permanent residency. To qualify, candidates needed to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 476 points.
Eligibility for Healthcare Occupations Category
To be eligible for the healthcare occupations category, applicants must satisfy specific requirements.
Accumulated Work Experience: Candidates should have a minimum of six months of continuous work experience, acquired within the past three years. This work experience can be obtained in Canada or abroad and must be in a single occupation listed in the table below.
Audiologists and speech language pathologists
Dieticians and nutritionists
General practitioners and family physicians
Instructors of persons with disabilities
Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment
Licensed practical nurses
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
Medical laboratory technologists
Medical radiation technologists
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
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
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
Specialists in surgery
Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the first STEM round for category-based selection will open the week of July 5. This focus on candidates with STEM expertise – including data scientists, software developers and programmers, mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries, and electrical and electronics engineers – will help Canada’s science and technology sector, bringing in the skilled talent that businesses need to drive innovation and achieve their growth potential.