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

Immigrate To Canada As A Medical Radiation Technologist: All You Need To Know
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Canada has opportunities for qualified foreign nationals to gain their permanent residence here through occupation-targeted Express Entry system draws for medical radiation technologists.

“The growing number of seniors is anticipated to lead to an increase in the demand for diagnostic services related to respiratory and cardiovascular health conditions,” notes the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS).

“The arrival of new medical technologies and techniques, as well as the introduction of more advanced equipment, will increase the demand for technologists.

In the decade ending in 2031, the COPS website forecasts there will be 20,100 new jobs for respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists, medical radiation technologists and medical sonographers but only 19,400 applicants to fill them.

That’s an additional shortfall of 700 people to fill those jobs. Canada is hoping to resolve that labour shortage by boosting immigration.

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In May, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) changed Canada’s Express Entry system to allow it to target 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture starting this summer – including medical radiation technologists – and so opened the door to a new pathway to immigration for them.

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

“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.”

In late September, there were 704 job postings for medical radiation technologists on the job-hunting website.

The federal government’s job-hunting and career-planning website, Jobbank, ranks the job prospects of medical radiation technologists as good over the next three years in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan and as very good, its highest rating, in New Brunswick.

Occupation-Targeted Draws Started For Express Entry Programs This Summer

In Canada, the median hourly wage for medical radiation technologists,  categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 32121, is $36.22 but that varies from a low of $25 right up to $46.15, reveals Jobbank.

Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means these workers could expect to earn a top median annual income of $89,992.

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.

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.