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Canada Targets Healthcare Category, Issues 3,500 PR Invitations in the Latest Express Entry Draw

Austin Campbell




In a notable development within the immigration system, the spotlight is once again on Canada’s Express Entry draws with a focus on the healthcare sector. Today, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the second draw of the week, inviting 3,500 invitations to apply (ITAs).

This targeted round shines a spotlight on healthcare jobs, aligning with Canada’s dedication to reinforcing its healthcare labor force. As Health Canada jobs gain prominence in the Express Entry draws, the nation sets the stage for a healthier and more prosperous future.

Express Entry Draw Highlights – 14 February, 2024

  • Invitations Issued: 3,500
  • CRS Cutoff: 422
  • Draw Type: Healthcare occupations (2023-1)
  • Tie-Breaking Rule: January 30, 2024, at 02:39:54 UTC

Previous Category-Based Express Entry Draws in 2024

DateRound typeInvitations issuedCRS score cutoff
February 1, 2024French language proficiency (2023-1)7,000365

The Express Entry pool, a dynamic ecosystem, currently boasts a total of 211,273 candidates, highlighting the competitiveness of the system. Over the years, Express Entry has evolved, introducing targeted draws to address skill shortages in Canada. In May 2023, IRCC announced its commitment to conduct invitation rounds focusing on individuals with in-demand skills, contributing to Canada’s workforce and economic needs.

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Which Category-based Occupations are Being Targeted in 2024?

IRCC continues to focus on six categories for Express Entry 2024, following the blueprint established in 2023. These categories aim to meet specific economic goals by selecting candidates with credentials in education, work experience, or language skills.

The Categories Include

  • CLB Level 7 proficiency in the French language. OR
  • 6 months of work experience in any one of the below-listed occupations:
  • 35 healthcare occupations
  • 25 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) occupations.
  • 10 trade occupations
  • 10 transportation occupations
  • 3 agriculture and agri-food occupations

IRCC Targets 35 Healthcare Occupations

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have identified and prioritized 35 healthcare occupations in their Express Entry draws. Here is a detailed list of the targeted healthcare occupations along with their respective 2021 NOC codes:

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NOC1234 – Health Practitioners

  • Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists – 31112
  • Chiropractors – 31201
  • Dentists – 31110
  • Dieticians and Nutritionists – 31121
  • Education Counsellors – 41320

NOC2345 – Medical Professionals

  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians – 31102
  • Instructors of Persons with Disabilities – 42203
  • Kinesiologists and Other Professional Occupations in Therapy and Assessment – 31204
  • Licensed Practical Nurses – 32101

NOC3456 – Therapeutic and Diagnostic Occupations

  • Massage Therapists – 32201
  • Medical Laboratory Assistants and Related Technical Occupations – 33101
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists – 32120
  • Medical Radiation Technologists – 32121

NOC4567 – Nursing and Patient Care

  • Medical Sonographers – 32122
  • Nurse Aides, Orderlies, and Patient Service Associates – 33102
  • Nurse Practitioners – 31302
  • Nursing Coordinators and Supervisors – 31300

NOC5678 – Allied Health Professionals

  • Occupational Therapists – 31203
  • Optometrists – 31111
  • Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services – 33109
  • Other Practitioners of Natural Healing – 32209

This comprehensive list represents a fraction of the healthcare professionals sought after in the Express Entry draws. For a more detailed overview, including other categories like STEM, French language, and additional occupations, you are encouraged to visit the official website. The second Express Entry draw of the week, with a focus on healthcare jobs, showcases Canada’s promise to welcoming skilled individuals. As the system continues to evolve, candidates are advised to stay informed about the latest updates and draw specifics.

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