There is an opportunity for qualified foreign nationals to gain their permanent residence in Canada through occupation-targeted Express Entry system draws due to the ongoing labour shortage of architecture and science managers for Canada jobs.
The Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) lumps in architecture and science managers, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 20011, with engineering managers and is projecting a strong demand for these professionals.
The COPS website is projecting there will be 5,700 more people looking for positions in this field than there will be new jobs from now to 2031 but notes this will not be enough to resolve the on-going labour shortage.
“Over the period 2022 – 2031, the number of job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand for engineering managers and architecture and science managers are expected to total 23,100, while the number of job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility is expected to total 28,800,” notes the COPS website.
“This gap is not considered statistically significant, which means that the number of job openings and job seekers are projected to be relatively similar over the 2022 – 2031 period.
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“As such, the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years will not clear and are expected to persist over the projection period.”
Retiring Baby Boomers and growth for these services is expected to fuel the rise in job openings during that period.
In early September, the Indeed.ca job-hunting website had 554 job postings for architecture and science managers in Canada.
Jobbank, a federal job-hunting and career-planning website, pegs the median hourly wage for architecture and science managers in Canada at $54.76 but that varies from a low of $36.54 right up to $81.95.
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Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means architecture and science managers can expect to earn up to $159,802 per year in Canada.
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 architecture and science managers – 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.
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.
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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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