Express Entry rounds of invitations: Category-based selection

On May 31, 2023 IRCC announced the launch of new process of inviting candidates in Express Entry.

 In order to align with Canada’s economic objectives, IRCC has decided to implement Category-based rounds to invite highly ranked candidates. These rounds will complement the existing general and program-specific rounds. Furthermore, IRCC will continue to invite candidates with provincial or territorial nominations through both general rounds and those specific to the Provincial Nominee Program.

 The categories will be selected based on the

    • labour market information and projections
    • input we received from our partners, including provinces and territories, and stakeholders across the country.

Categories chosen for 2023:

    1. French-language proficiency
    2. Healthcare occupations
    3. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
    4. Trade occupations
    5. Transport occupations
    6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

In addition to some basic requirements, candidates must meet all of the requirements for that round. Category wise basic requirements are given below:

General eligibility for the French-language proficiency category

  • have French-language test results that show a minimum score of 7 in all 4 language abilities on the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens
  • meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round

General eligibility for other occupation category

  • have accumulated, within the past 3 years, at least 6 months of continuous work experience (in Canada or abroad) in a single occupation listed in the table below
Healthcare Occupation chosen for 20232021 NOC code 
Audiologists and speech language pathologists31112
Dieticians and nutritionists31121
Education counsellors41320
General practitioners and family physicians31102
Instructors of persons with disabilities42203
Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment31204
Licensed practical nurses32101
Massage therapists 32201
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations33101
Medical laboratory technologists32120
Medical radiation technologists32121
Medical sonographers32122
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates33102
Nurse practitioners31302
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors31300
Occupational therapists31203
Other assisting occupations in support of health services33109
Other practitioners of natural healing32209
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating31209
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment32109
Paramedical occupations32102
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants33103
Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals31303
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses31301
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists32103
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine31100
Specialists in surgery31101
Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies41301
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists32200
STEM Occupation chosen for 2023 2021 NOC code
Architecture and science managers20011
Business systems specialists21221
Civil Engineers21300
Computer and information systems managers20012
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)21311
Computer systems developers and programmers21230
Cybersecurity specialists21220
Data scientists21211
Database analysts and data administrators21223
Electrical and electronics engineers21310
Engineering managers20010
Industrial and manufacturing engineers21321
Information systems specialists21222
Land surveyors21203
Landscape Architects21201
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries21210
Metallurgical and materials engineers21322
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers41400
Software developers and programmers21232
Software engineers and designers21231
Urban and land use planners21202
Web designers21233
Web developers and programmers21234
Trade Occupations chosen for 2023 2021 NOC code 
Residential and commercial installers and servicers73200
Elevator constructors and mechanics72406
Machine fitters72405
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics72402
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
Electricians (except industrial and power system)72200
Welders and related machine operators72106
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers72014
Transport Occupations chosen for 2023  2021 NOC code 
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors93200
Transport truck drivers73300
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators72604
Engineer officers, water transport72603
Deck officers, water transport72602
Air traffic controllers and related occupations72601
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors72600
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors72404
Railway carmen/women72403
Managers in transportation70020
Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations Chosen for 20232021 NOC code 
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
Butchers- retail and wholesale63201