Occupation-targeted Express Entry system draws include railway carmen and carwomen with Canada jobs available in the field, creating an opportunity for qualified foreign nationals to gain their permanent residence.
“Over the period 2022-2031, the number of job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand for railway carmen and carwomen and aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors is expected to total 8,200, while the number of jobseekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility is expected to total 5,800,” notes the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS).
“Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are expected to be substantially higher to job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2022 – 2031 period.”
Retiring Baby Boomers and growth in the transportation sector across Canada is expected to drive demand for these workers.
“The outlook for the fabrication of railroad equipment also looks quite optimistic as the transportation of oil by train is increasing at a rapid pace in North America due to the lack of pipeline capacity,” notes the COPS website.
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When Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Canada’s Express Entry system would begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including railway carmen and carwomen, it 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.
Candidates hoping to immigrate through Express Entry occupation-targeted draws 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.
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Railway carmen and carwomen, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 72403, inspect and repair railway cars.
The Job Bank federal job-hunting and career-planning website gives a ranking of very good, its highest rating, for the job prospects of railway carmen and carwomen in British Columbia and Ontario over the next three years.
The median hourly wage for railway carmen and carwomen in Canada is $37.10 but that varies from a low of $25 right up to $41, reveals Job Bank.
Railway Carmen And Carwomen Can Earn Up To $79,950 Annually In Canada
Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means instructors of persons with disabilities can expect to earn up to $79,950 per year in Canada.
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.
“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.
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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.”
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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