On May 31, 2023, The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the first-ever launch of a category-based selection to invite applicants for permanent residence through Express Entry.

Category-based selection will allow Canada to issue invitations to apply to prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language ability. Further details on the timing of invitations for individual categories and how to apply will be announced in the coming weeks.

In June 2022, the Government of Canada made changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow for the selection of immigrants based on key attributes that support economic priorities, such as specific work experience or knowledge of French.

Every year the IRCC selects new categories based on consultations from different stakeholders such as provinces, Statistics Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, business owners, non-profit and other participating organizations, etc.,

Eligible categories for the year 2023 are as follows:

S.NoCategoryEligibility Total No of NOC’SNOC List
1French-language proficiency categoryhave French-language test results that show a minimum score of 7 in all 4 language abilities on the Niveaux de comp√©tence linguistique canadiensAll NOC’s in Teer 0,1,2,3
2Healthcare occupations categoryat least 6 months of continuous work experience in the past 3 years in a listed NOC level anywhere in the world3531100, 31101, 31102, 31103, 31110, 31111, 31112, 31121, 31200, 31201, 31202, 31203, 31204, 31209, 31300, 31301, 31302, 31302, 32101, 32102, 32103, 32109, 32120, 32121, 32122, 32200, 32201, 32209, 33101, 33102, 33103, 33109, 41301, 41320, 42203
3Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations category2420010, 20011, 20012, 21200, 21201, 21202, 21203, 21210, 21211, 21220, 21221, 21222, 21223, 21230, 21231, 21232, 21233, 21234, 21300, 21310, 21311, 21321, 21322, 41400
4Trade occupations category1072014, 72106, 72200, 72300, 72310, 72400, 72402, 72405, 72406, 73200
5Transport occupations category1070020, 72403, 72404, 72600, 72601, 72602, 72603, 72604, 73300, 93200
6Agriculture and agri-food occupations category363201, 82030, 82031

1. The healthcare occupations category

Occupation 2021 NOC code 2021 TEER category 
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine311001
Specialists in surgery311011
General practitioners and family physicians311021
Audiologists and speech language pathologists311121
Dieticians and nutritionists311211
Occupational therapists312031
Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment312041
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating312091
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors313001
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses313011
Nurse practitioners313021
Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals313031
Licensed practical nurses321012
Paramedical occupations321022
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists321032
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment321092
Medical laboratory technologists321202
Medical radiation technologists321212
Medical sonographers321222
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists322002
Massage therapists 322012
Other practitioners of natural healing322092
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations331013
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates331023
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants331033
Other assisting occupations in support of health services331093
Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies413011
Education counsellors413201
Instructors of persons with disabilities422032

2. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations category

Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
Engineering managers200100
Architecture and science managers200110
Computer and information systems managers200120
Landscape Architects212011
Urban and land use planners212021
Land surveyors212031
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries212101
Data scientists212111
Cybersecurity specialists212201
Business systems specialists212211
Information systems specialists212221
Database analysts and data administrators212231
Computer systems developers and programmers212301
Software engineers and designers212311
Software developers and programmers212321
Web designers212331
Web developers and programmers212341
Civil Engineers213001
Electrical and electronics engineers213101
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)213111
Industrial and manufacturing engineers213211
Metallurgical and materials engineers213221
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers414001

3. The trade occupations category

Occupation 2021 NOC code 2021 TEER category 
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers720142
Welders and related machine operators721062
Electricians (except industrial and power system)722002
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics724002
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics724022
Machine fitters724052
Elevator constructors and mechanics724062
Residential and commercial installers and servicers732003

4. The transport occupations category

Occupation 2021 NOC code 2021 TEER category 
Managers in transportation700200
Railway carmen/women724032
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors724042
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors726002
Air traffic controllers and related occupations726012
Deck officers, water transport726022
Engineer officers, water transport726032
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators726042
Transport truck drivers733003
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors932003

5. The agriculture and agri-food occupations category

Occupation 2021 NOC code 2021 TEER category 
Butchers- retail and wholesale632013
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors820302
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services820312

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