Canada Express Entry Immigration: Every Job That Qualifies Through Federal Programs

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Canada Express Entry Immigration: Every Job That Qualifies Through Federal Programs
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Canada’s record-breaking immigration targets for the next three years are vital for businesses to fill jobs, and most newcomers will come through the Express Entry system.

“Years ago, we needed more jobs for our people, and now we need more people for our jobs,” Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said in a tweet in late November.

Under the latest Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025, the immigration target for next year is 465,000 new permanent residents. In 2024, Canada is hoping to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents and then another 500,000 in 2025.


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Express Entry immigration programs provide an opportunity for both employers to find the employees they need and foreign nationals to gain permanent residence status in Canada.

Here is a breakdown of those programs and every job that qualifies for Express Entry immigration.

FSW, FST and CEC All Offer Express Entry Immigration to Canada

Those programs are the Federal Skilled Worker(FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canada Experience Class (CEC).

The FSW has 370 eligible occupations listed under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system for candidates in the Express Entry pool who are ranked through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Those eligible occupations are:

TEER Category NOC Code Class title
1 0 10010 Financial managers
2 0 10011 Human resources managers
3 0 10012 Purchasing managers
4 0 10019 Other administrative services managers
5 0 10020 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
6 0 10021 Banking, credit and other investment managers
7 0 10022 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
8 0 10029 Other business services managers
9 0 10030 Telecommunication carriers managers
10 0 20010 Engineering managers
11 0 20011 Architecture and science managers
12 0 20012 Computer and information systems managers
13 0 30010 Managers in healthcare
14 0 40010 Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
15 0 40011 Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
16 0 40012 Government managers – education policy development and program administration
17 0 40019 Other managers in public administration
18 0 40020 Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
19 0 40021 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
20 0 40030 Managers in social, community and correctional services
21 0 40040 Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services
22 0 40041 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
23 0 40042 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces
24 0 50010 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
25 0 50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
26 0 50012 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
27 0 60010 Corporate sales managers
28 0 60020 Retail and wholesale trade managers
29 0 60030 Restaurant and food service managers
30 0 60031 Accommodation service managers
31 0 60040 Managers in customer and personal services
32 0 70010 Construction managers
33 0 70011 Home building and renovation managers
34 0 70012 Facility operation and maintenance managers
35 0 70020 Managers in transportation
36 0 70021 Postal and courier services managers
37 0 80010 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
38 0 80020 Managers in agriculture
39 0 80021 Managers in horticulture
40 0 80022 Managers in aquaculture
41 0 90010 Manufacturing managers
42 0 90011 Utilities managers
43 1 11100 Financial auditors and accountants
44 1 11101 Financial and investment analysts
45 1 11102 Financial advisors
46 1 11103 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
47 1 11109 Other financial officers
48 1 11200 Human resources professionals
49 1 11201 Professional occupations in business management consulting
50 1 11202 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
51 1 21100 Physicists and astronomers
52 1 21101 Chemists
53 1 21102 Geoscientists and oceanographers
54 1 21103 Meteorologists and climatologists
55 1 21109 Other professional occupations in physical sciences
56 1 21110 Biologists and related scientists
57 1 21111 Forestry professionals
58 1 21112 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
59 1 21120 Public and environmental health and safety professionals
60 1 21200 Architects
61 1 21201 Landscape architects
62 1 21202 Urban and land use planners
63 1 21203 Land surveyors
64 1 21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
65 1 21211 Data scientists
66 1 21220 Cybersecurity specialists
67 1 21221 Business systems specialists
68 1 21222 Information systems specialists
69 1 21223 Database analysts and data administrators
70 1 21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
71 1 21231 Software engineers and designers
72 1 21232 Software developers and programmers
73 1 21233 Web designers
74 1 21234 Web developers and programmers
75 1 21300 Civil engineers
76 1 21301 Mechanical engineers
77 1 21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
78 1 21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
79 1 21320 Chemical engineers
80 1 21321 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
81 1 21322 Metallurgical and materials engineers
82 1 21330 Mining engineers
83 1 21331 Geological engineers
84 1 21332 Petroleum engineers
85 1 21390 Aerospace engineers
86 1 21399 Other professional engineers
87 1 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
88 1 31101 Specialists in surgery
89 1 31102 General practitioners and family physicians
90 1 31103 Veterinarians
91 1 31110 Dentists
92 1 31111 Optometrists
93 1 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
94 1 31120 Pharmacists
95 1 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
96 1 31200 Psychologists
97 1 31201 Chiropractors
98 1 31202 Physiotherapists
99 1 31203 Occupational therapists
100 1 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
101 1 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
102 1 31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
103 1 31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
104 1 31302 Nurse practitioners
105 1 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
106 1 41100 Judges
107 1 41101 Lawyers and Quebec notaries
108 1 41200 University professors and lecturers
109 1 41201 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
110 1 41210 College and other vocational instructors
111 1 41220 Secondary school teachers
112 1 41221 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
113 1 41300 Social workers
114 1 41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
115 1 41302 Religious leaders
116 1 41310 Police investigators and other investigative occupations
117 1 41311 Probation and parole officers
118 1 41320 Educational counsellors
119 1 41321 Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)
120 1 41400 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
121 1 41401 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
122 1 41402 Business development officers and market researchers and analysts
123 1 41403 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
124 1 41404 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
125 1 41405 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
126 1 41406 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
127 1 41407 Program officers unique to government
128 1 41409 Other professional occupations in social science
129 1 51100 Librarians
130 1 51101 Conservators and curators
131 1 51102 Archivists
132 1 51110 Editors
133 1 51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
134 1 51112 Technical writers
135 1 51113 Journalists
136 1 51114 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
137 1 51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
138 1 51121 Conductors, composers and arrangers
139 1 51122 Musicians and singers
140 2 12010 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
141 2 12011 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
142 2 12012 Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
143 2 12013 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations
144 2 12100 Executive assistants
145 2 12101 Human resources and recruitment officers
146 2 12102 Procurement and purchasing agents and officers
147 2 12103 Conference and event planners
148 2 12104 Employment insurance and revenue officers
149 2 12110 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
150 2 12111 Health information management occupations
151 2 12112 Records management technicians
152 2 12113 Statistical officers and related research support occupations
153 2 12200 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
154 2 12201 Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
155 2 12202 Insurance underwriters
156 2 12203 Assessors, business valuators and appraisers
157 2 22100 Chemical technologists and technicians
158 2 22101 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
159 2 22110 Biological technologists and technicians
160 2 22111 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
161 2 22112 Forestry technologists and technicians
162 2 22113 Conservation and fishery officers
163 2 22114 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
164 2 22210 Architectural technologists and technicians
165 2 22211 Industrial designers
166 2 22212 Drafting technologists and technicians
167 2 22213 Land survey technologists and technicians
168 2 22214 Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
169 2 22220 Computer network and web technicians
170 2 22221 User support technicians
171 2 22222 Information systems testing technicians
172 2 22230 Non-destructive testers and inspectors
173 2 22231 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
174 2 22232 Occupational health and safety specialists
175 2 22233 Construction inspectors
176 2 22300 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
177 2 22301 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
178 2 22302 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
179 2 22303 Construction estimators
180 2 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
181 2 22311 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
182 2 22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
183 2 22313 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
184 2 32100 Opticians
185 2 32101 Licensed practical nurses
186 2 32102 Paramedical occupations
187 2 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
188 2 32104 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
189 2 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
190 2 32110 Denturists
191 2 32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
192 2 32112 Dental technologists and technicians
193 2 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
194 2 32121 Medical radiation technologists
195 2 32122 Medical sonographers
196 2 32123 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
197 2 32124 Pharmacy technicians
198 2 32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
199 2 32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
200 2 32201 Massage therapists
201 2 32209 Other practitioners of natural healing
202 2 42100 Police officers (except commissioned)
203 2 42101 Firefighters
204 2 42102 Specialized members of the Canadian Armed Forces
205 2 42200 Paralegals and related occupations
206 2 42201 Social and community service workers
207 2 42202 Early childhood educators and assistants
208 2 42203 Instructors of persons with disabilities
209 2 42204 Religion workers
210 2 52100 Library and public archive technicians
211 2 52110 Film and video camera operators
212 2 52111 Graphic arts technicians
213 2 52112 Broadcast technicians
214 2 52113 Audio and video recording technicians
215 2 52114 Announcers and other broadcasters
216 2 52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
217 2 52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
218 2 52121 Interior designers and interior decorators
219 2 62010 Retail sales supervisors
220 2 62020 Food service supervisors
221 2 62021 Executive housekeepers
222 2 62022 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
223 2 62023 Customer and information services supervisors
224 2 62024 Cleaning supervisors
225 2 62029 Other services supervisors
226 2 62100 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
227 2 62101 Retail and wholesale buyers
228 2 62200 Chefs
229 2 62201 Funeral directors and embalmers
230 2 62202 Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
231 2 72010 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
232 2 72011 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
233 2 72012 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
234 2 72013 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
235 2 72014 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
236 2 72020 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
237 2 72021 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
238 2 72022 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
239 2 72023 Supervisors, railway transport operations
240 2 72024 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
241 2 72025 Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
242 2 72100 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
243 2 72101 Tool and die makers
244 2 72102 Sheet metal workers
245 2 72103 Boilermakers
246 2 72104 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
247 2 72105 Ironworkers
248 2 72106 Welders and related machine operators
249 2 72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
250 2 72201 Industrial electricians
251 2 72202 Power system electricians
252 2 72203 Electrical power line and cable workers
253 2 72204 Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
254 2 72205 Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
255 2 72300 Plumbers
256 2 72301 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
257 2 72302 Gas fitters
258 2 72310 Carpenters
259 2 72311 Cabinetmakers
260 2 72320 Bricklayers
261 2 72321 Insulators
262 2 72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
263 2 72401 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
264 2 72402 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
265 2 72403 Railway carmen/women
266 2 72404 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
267 2 72405 Machine fitters
268 2 72406 Elevator constructors and mechanics
269 2 72410 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
270 2 72411 Auto body collision, refinishing and glass technicians and damage repair estimators
271 2 72420 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
272 2 72421 Appliance servicers and repairers
273 2 72422 Electrical mechanics
274 2 72423 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
275 2 72429 Other small engine and small equipment repairers
276 2 72500 Crane operators
277 2 72501 Water well drillers
278 2 72600 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
279 2 72601 Air traffic controllers and related occupations
280 2 72602 Deck officers, water transport
281 2 72603 Engineer officers, water transport
282 2 72604 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
283 2 72999 Other technical trades and related occupations
284 2 82010 Supervisors, logging and forestry
285 2 82020 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
286 2 82021 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
287 2 82030 Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
288 2 82031 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
289 2 92010 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
290 2 92011 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
291 2 92012 Supervisors, food and beverage processing
292 2 92013 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
293 2 92014 Supervisors, forest products processing
294 2 92015 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
295 2 92020 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
296 2 92021 Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
297 2 92022 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
298 2 92023 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
299 2 92024 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
300 2 92100 Power engineers and power systems operators
301 2 92101 Water and waste treatment plant operators
302 3 13100 Administrative officers
303 3 13101 Property administrators
304 3 13102 Payroll administrators
305 3 13110 Administrative assistants
306 3 13111 Legal administrative assistants
307 3 13112 Medical administrative assistants
308 3 13200 Customs, ship and other brokers
309 3 13201 Production and transportation logistics coordinators
310 3 33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
311 3 33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
312 3 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
313 3 33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
314 3 33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
315 3 43100 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
316 3 43109 Other instructors
317 3 43200 Sheriffs and bailiffs
318 3 43201 Correctional service officers
319 3 43202 By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
320 3 43203 Border services, customs, and immigration officers
321 3 43204 Operations members of the Canadian Armed Forces
322 3 53100 Registrars, restorers, interpreters and other occupations related to museum and art galleries
323 3 53110 Photographers
324 3 53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators
325 3 53120 Dancers
326 3 53121 Actors, comedians and circus performers
327 3 53122 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
328 3 53123 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
329 3 53124 Artisans and craftspersons
330 3 53125 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
331 3 53200 Athletes
332 3 53201 Coaches
333 3 53202 Sports officials and referees
334 3 63100 Insurance agents and brokers
335 3 63101 Real estate agents and salespersons
336 3 63102 Financial sales representatives
337 3 63200 Cooks
338 3 63201 Butchers – retail and wholesale
339 3 63202 Bakers
340 3 63210 Hairstylists and barbers
341 3 63211 Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
342 3 63220 Shoe repairers and shoemakers
343 3 63221 Upholsterers
344 3 73100 Concrete finishers
345 3 73101 Tilesetters
346 3 73102 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
347 3 73110 Roofers and shinglers
348 3 73111 Glaziers
349 3 73112 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
350 3 73113 Floor covering installers
351 3 73200 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
352 3 73201 General building maintenance workers and building superintendents
353 3 73202 Pest controllers and fumigators
354 3 73209 Other repairers and servicers
355 3 73300 Transport truck drivers
356 3 73301 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
357 3 73310 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
358 3 73311 Railway conductors and brakemen/women
359 3 73400 Heavy equipment operators
360 3 73401 Printing press operators
361 3 73402 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
362 3 83100 Underground production and development miners
363 3 83101 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
364 3 83110 Logging machinery operators
365 3 83120 Fishing masters and officers
366 3 83121 Fishermen/women
367 3 93100 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
368 3 93101 Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing
369 3 93102 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
370 3 93200 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

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Under the FST, trades people can come to take jobs in Canada listed under the NOC in six major groups and one minor – as well as under the unit group 62200 for chefs.

FST Allows Immigration For Jobs Under Six Major Groups, One Minor One And Unit Group

Those major and minor groups are:

  • Major Group 72, technical trades and transportation officers and controllers
    • excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllers
  • Major Group 73, general trades
  • Major Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related production
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllers
  • Major Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
  • Minor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakers
  • Unit Group 62200, chefs

Applicants must meet the required language level of skill for writing, reading, listening, and speaking. They must meet the minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing.

They must also have at least two years of full-time, paid work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the five years before they apply and meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the NOC, except for those needing a certificate of qualification.

Candidates under the program must also have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.

Applicants to the CEC must also meet the language requirements and have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the last three years but that work can have been either:

  • a full-time job for up to 30 hours per week for 12 months for a minimum of 1,560 hours, or;
  • the equal amount of experience through any combination of part-time jobs provided it added up to at least 1,560 hours.

That also includes any work experience a foreign national may have gained by working in Canada while under a temporary resident visa with authorization to work. But it has to be paid work.

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