The Canadian government has unveiled a new category-based selection process for Express Entry candidates, led by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
Specifically, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) will be prioritizing applicants with either strong French language skills or experience in high-demand areas.
The minister has proclaimed that by inviting more specialized workers, the IRCC will be honoring Canada’s agreement to accept highly sought-after professionals into various regions. This includes professionals in fields like healthcare, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and skilled workers in fields such as carpentry, plumbing, and contracting along with those in transportation, agriculture, and agri-food. It is forecasted that draws for these designated categories will commence later this summer.
Why are There New Express Entry Categories?
To address unfilled job vacancies throughout Canada, a new immigration program has been introduced. This program is believed to be instrumental in alleviating labour shortages while promoting Francophone culture and language among minority populations outside of Quebec.
All around the nation, Fraser has noticed a common issue being raised by employers; a labour shortage. The new Express Entry system changes are seen as a way to support businesses in their growth and success, allowing them to access skilled personnel who can fill any vacancies they may have.
The Canadian immigration system has been designed to accommodate the nation’s economic as well as social needs, making it easier than ever to help businesses tackle labour shortages while preserving and enhancing French-speaking communities. By bringing in more French-proficient candidates, the country is able to simultaneously boost its economy as well as ensure cultural viability.
June last year, 2022, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act was amended to introduce a new categorization method for selecting immigrants. This gives the minister the power to pick those who display qualities relevant to Canada’s economic goals. It was anticipated that this system would be implemented starting this year.