Wave 108 – Immigration – New Express Entry program in 2023

O programa "Express Entry" responde a necessidades específicas de mão de obra do mercado no Canadá e fortalece comunidades francófonas

Canada is launching a new process for the Express Entry program in 2023. The new modality for selecting candidates for permanent residence is based on prioritization of categories. This will allow Canada to issue invitations to people who have specific skills, training or proficiency in the French language.

With the growing demand to fill jobs across the country, Canadian employers see immigration as an essential solution to this challenge. Recognizing this reality, the Government of Canada believes in the good results of an immigration system that acts as a catalyst for the growth and qualification of companies. This initiative aims to meet the labor needs of some specific sectors and strengthen French-speaking communities.

This year, selection invitations by category will be concentrated on candidates with proficiency in the French language or professional experience in the following areas: healthcare, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions, transport, agriculture and agri-food, commerce and professionals such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors.

According to the government, category-based selection aims to make Express Entry more responsive to Canada’s changing economic and job market needs. This initiative aims to prioritize high human capital, which has been one of the pillars of the country’s successful economic immigration system.

“By allowing us to invite more skilled workers into these professions, category-based selection supports Canada’s commitment to welcome in-demand professionals in communities across the country. Additionally, by placing a special focus on French-speaking immigration, the Government of Canada is ensuring that French communities can continue to live their lives in Canada in the official language of their choice.” – highlights Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Fraser adds, “Wherever I go, I hear loud and clear from employers across the country who are facing chronic labor shortages. These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also expand our economy and help companies with a labor shortage, as well as increase the number of French-speaking candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities.”

Priority areas “Express Entry” in 2023

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Selection calls by category in 2023 will focus on candidates with strong French language proficiency or work experience in the following areas:

  • Health care
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions
  • Skilled professionals, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agrifood