Canadian businesses recruited more senior and middle managers, administrative staff and other professionals through the Express Entry system last year than they did before the pandemic, the latest data reveals.
Last year, 21,530 foreign nationals became new permanent residents of Canada through the Express Entry system to fill those kinds of positions, up from 22,015 new permanent residents in 2019.
As COVID-19 led to travel and public health restrictions in 2020, only 13,820 foreign nationals were able to get their permanent residency by filling such jobs.
But as those restrictions were relaxed and immigration soared to record-breaking heights in 2021, so did the number of business people able to take jobs in Canada through Express Entry immigration. In 2021, IRCC data shows 32,645 new permanent residents settled here through Express Entry after landing those kinds of jobs.
In the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system, these occupations come with the following codes:
- Senior government managers and officials – (NOC) 00011
- Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services – (NOC) 00012
- Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations – (NOC) 00013
- Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services – (NOC) 00014
- Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities – (NOC) 00015
- Financial managers – (NOC) 10010
- Human resources managers – (NOC) 10011
- Purchasing managers – (NOC) 10012
- Other administrative services managers – (NOC) 10019
- Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers – (NOC) 10020
- Banking, credit and other investment managers – (NOC) 10021
- Advertising, marketing and public relations managers – (NOC) 10022
- Other business services managers – (NOC) 10029
- Telecommunication carriers managers – (NOC) 10030
- Financial auditors and accountants – (NOC) 11100
- Financial and investment analysts – (NOC) 11101
- Financial advisors – (NOC) 11102
- Other financial officers – (NOC) 11109
- Human resources professionals – (NOC) 11200
- Professional occupations in business management consulting – (NOC) 11201
- Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers – (NOC) 12010
- Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers – (NOC) 12012
- Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations – (NOC) 12013
- Administrative officers – (NOC) 13100
- Property administrators – (NOC) 13101
- Administrative assistants – (NOC) 13110
- Legal administrative assistants – (NOC) 13111
- General office support workers – (NOC) 14100
- Engineering managers – (NOC) 20010
- Managers in health care – (NOC) 30010
- Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration – (NOC) 40010
- Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration- (NOC) 40011
- Government managers – education policy development and program administration – (NOC) 40012
- Other managers in public administration – (NOC) 40019
- Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training – (NOC) 40020
- Managers in social, community and correctional services – (NOC) 40030
- Corporate sales managers – (NOC) 60010
- Retail and wholesale trade managers – (NOC) 60020
- Restaurant and food service managers – (NOC) 60030
- Accommodation service managers – (NOC) 60031
- Managers in customer and personal services – (NOC) 60040
- Construction managers – (NOC) 70010
- Managers in transportation – (NOC) 70020
- Postal and courier services managers – (NOC) 70021
- Managers in natural resources production and fishing – (NOC) 80010
- Managers in agriculture – (NOC) 80020
- Managers in horticulture – (NOC) 80021
- Managers in aquaculture – (NOC) 80022
- Manufacturing managers – (NOC) 90010
- Utilities managers – (NOC) 90011
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In November last year, the Canadian immigration department adopted the National Occupational Classification 2021 and, then, earlier this year, upgraded its immigration plan to allow even more foreign nationals to become new permanent residents of Canada.
In its 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan, Ottawa has set the target for 2023 at 465,000 new permanent residents. The country is to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024 and another 500,000 in 2025.
That’s a total of 1.45 million immigrants to Canada over the coming three years.
Express Entry Programs
Foreign nationals who want to immigrate to Canada can do so through one the three Express Entry system programs and apply for permanent residency online if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Those three Express Entry programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) and Canada Experience Class Program (CEC).
There are also participating provincial immigration programs which use the Express Entry system.
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Candidates’ profiles are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranked candidates will be considered for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Those receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay processing fees, within a delay of 90-days.
Network Of Provincial Programs
Through a network of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), almost all of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories can also nominate skilled worker candidates for admission to Canada when they have the specific skills required by local economies.
Successful candidates who receive a provincial or territorial nomination can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through federal immigration authorities.
Canadian employers can also recruit and hire foreign nationals through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).
The Global Talent Stream (GTS), a part of the TFWP, can under normal processing situations lead to the granting of Canadian work permits and processing of visa applications within two weeks.