Express Entry Draw: 1,500 Trade Occupations Candidates Invited

Recently, the Canadian government has introduced category-based draws to invite candidates in the Express Entry pool with eligibility under a specific category. This decision forms part of the country’s attempt to meet its economic goal. 

On the 3rd of August, the Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent out a total of 1,500 invites to candidates in the trades as part of its first-ever Express Entry Occupation Specific Draw of 2023. Candidates with the minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 388 are eligible to apply under the latest Express Entry Draw

The IRCC had declared its decision to conduct its first targeted draw for candidates with significant experience in trades professions, under Express Entry occupation specific draw. This category includes occupations like carpentry, welding, and plumbing. This latest Express Entry Draw will help the Canadian government attract more skilled workers into its construction sector. 

The Canadian Express Entry system has gone through significant changes in the recent months. Former Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, had launched the category-based selection through Express Entry on 31st of May. This decision can be seen as the government’s attempt to address the labor shortages in Canada, by inviting skilled workers with eligible work experience through general invitation rounds. 

This specific round of category-based selection understands the importance of skilled workers in Canada and views it as an effective solution in helping the construction sector with the required workforce. 

The following table depicts the occupations that are eligible for the category-based Express Entry Draw conducted for trades workers. 

Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics724002
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers720142
Electricians (except industrial and power system)722002
Elevator constructors and mechanics724062
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics724022
Machine fitters724052
Residential and commercial installers and servicers732003
Welders and related machine operators721062

What is the Express Entry Category Based Draw? 

Express Entry category-based draws have been launched to extend invitations to applicants for permanent residence who fit into the following six categories:

  • healthcare
  • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
  • transport
  • agriculture and agri-food
  • or, strong French language proficiency.

The additional Express Entry Draws held by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to be category-based. The other type of Express Entry Draws are invitations to apply (ITA) for Canada PR based on meeting the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off among all other candidates in the pool, as well as draws that invite candidates based on eligibility for a certain immigration pathway program, e.g., the Provincial Nominee Program

What is the Express Entry System? 

Express Entry is an electronically operated system used to manage and handle immigration applications from skilled workers. Eligible candidates are ranked on the basis of factors such as their age, educational qualifications, work experience, and language proficiency. The Canadian government holds Express Entry draws inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canada PR. 

There are three Express Entry Programs, as has been mentioned below:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): for international skilled workers with work experience

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): for skilled workers qualified in a skilled trade

Canadian Experience Class (CEC): for skilled workers with Canadian work experience 

If you become eligible for any of the above-listed programs, you may also apply for Express Entry through the Provincial Nominee Program. Upon nomination, you become eligible to earn extra points, which help you get an invitation to apply quickly. 

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
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