Under the changes announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at the end of May, Express Entry will now be more responsive to labour market needs through occupation-targeted draws.
Express Entry streams include the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
Chiropractor, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 31201, is one of the 82 Canada jobs that will now be targeted under these new Express Entry draws.
“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
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“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities.”
The true extent of the shortage of chiropractors in Canada is difficult to pin down.
The Job Bank job-hunting and career-planning website operated by the federal government has data about chiropractors’ job prospects for only half the country.
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There is a paucity of data for chiropractors’ prospects throughout Atlantic Canada, the francophone province of Quebec and all three of the territories of the Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.
Job Bank listed only 43 jobs for chiropractors across Canada in early June but the Indeed job-hunting website provided many more, 672 job postings for chiropractors at that time.
Indeed had 426 jobs for chiropractors in Ontario, 114 in British Columbia, 68 in Alberta, 35 in Nova Scotia, eight in Saskatchewan, six in Manitoba, nine in Quebec, five in Newfoundland and Labrador and three in New Brunswick.
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During the next eight years, demand for chiropractors is only expected to grow. The Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) is forecasting that half of the new opportunities will come from retiring Baby Boomers and another 36 per cent from growth in the demand for chiropractic services.
In Canada, the median annual wage for chiropractors is $60,077 with that annual income ranging from a low of $27,446 to $122,316, reveals Job Bank.
Chiropractors Can Earn Up To $156,972 In Calgary, Alberta
In Calgary, Alberta, though, one job posting in early June advertised an annual salary of up to $156,972 in early June.
Until this year, the flagship Express Entry selection system has previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.
Candidates will need at least six months of continuous work experience in Canada or abroad within the past three years in one of these occupations to be eligible, experience that can have been gained while working in Canada as temporary foreign workers with a work permits or as an international student with a student visa.
Canada first signalled its intention to start occupation-specific draws through Express Entry in June last year, when changes were made to the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act to allow invitations based on occupations and other attributes, such as language ability.
The majority of Canada’s provinces have been issuing occupation-specific invitations for several years.
Under the changes to the act, the immigration minister is required to consult provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners, before announcing new categories.
IRCC must also report to parliament each year on the categories that were chosen and the reason for the choices.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) says the number of occupations facing shortages doubled between 2019 and 2021. From 2018 to 2022, federal high skilled admissions accounted for between 34 and 40 per cent of overall French-speaking admissions outside Quebec, which manages its own immigration intake.