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Express Entry’s most in-demand jobs in Canada

Securing a job is often an important step for many temporary residents (those on a work, study, or visitor visa), in not just establishing themselves in Canada economically, but also in building eligibility for economic pathways to permanent residence (PR).

In light of this, many newcomers are interested in what the in-demand jobs are in Canada. This knowledge can help to better inform their employment search and enable their immigration journey.

In an aim to better adjust immigration to labour force needs, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced Express Entry category-based selection draws to target candidates in the Express Entry pool who have experience in professions that Canada critically needs workers for. The categories that IRCC targets are made-up of in-demand occupations in five different fields:

  • Healthcare;

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);

  • Trade;

  • Transport; and

  • Agriculture and agri-food.

As such we can look to the list of targeted professions to better understand not just what jobs are in-demand in the labour market, but also which jobs IRCC believes it must target to better support the Canadian labour market through immigration. Correlating these professions identified by IRCC with other in-demand occupations identified by human resource consulting firms, and popular job boards shows overlap among many identified professions.

Note: the below lists for Healthcare and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations will cover the most common job titles according to IRCC’s list. Occupation lists for the other categories will cover in-demand professions in full. For a full list of job titles and to access the “category-based selection” draw eligibility tool, find our dedicated webpage here. National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 codes of professions are also given for reference.

Healthcare occupations

Healthcare occupations cover workers in various positions, including physicians, physiologists, psychologists, and many more. Of these professions the most common work titles include:


Targeted nursing professions here include:

  • Licensed practical nurses (NOC 32101);

  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates (NOC 33102);

  • Nurse practitioners (NOC 31302);

  • Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals (NOC 31303)

  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors (NOC 31300); and

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 31301).

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