Immigrate To Canada As A Medical Laboratory Technologist: All You Need To Know

Immigrate To Canada As A Medical Laboratory Technologist: All You Need To Know
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Medical laboratory technologists have excellent Canada jobs opportunities and qualified foreign nationals can gain their permanent residence here through occupation-targeted Express Entry system draws.

“For medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technician and pathologists’ assistants, over the period 2022 – 2031, new job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand are expected to total 25,600, while 23,800 new job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility are expected to be available to fill them,” forecasts Job Bank, the federal job-hunting and career-planning website.

“The labour shortage conditions seen in recent years is expected to persist into the 2022 – 2031 period.”

That’s an additional shortage of 1,800 medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technician and pathologists’ assistants during that period.

With Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) changing Canada’s Express Entry system to allow it to target 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technician and pathologists’ assistants – it opened the door to a new pathway to immigration for them.

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The flagship Express Entry selection system had previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.

Ottawa made the changes to help resolve serious labour shortages in Canada,

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said then-Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

“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.”

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Job Bank pegs the median hourly wage for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technician and pathologists’ assistants in Canada, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 32120, at $36 but that varies from a low of $25 right up to $44.75.

Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technician and pathologists’ assistants can expect to earn up to $87,262 per year in Canada.

In mid-September, the job-hunting website listed 804 jobs for these workers across Canada.

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Job Bank ranked their job prospects as very good, its highest rating, in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan and as good in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Candidates hoping to immigrate through Express Entry occupation-targeted draws 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 Hoping Occupation-Targeted Draws Will Help Resolve Labour Shortages

Under the changes announced at the end of May, the Express Entry streams, including 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) are now more responsive to labour market needs.

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.

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.