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Canada Invites 3,500 Healthcare Professionals Through Express Entry

Published on : February 15, 2024

Another round of invitations held under the Express Entry system. The latest EE draw is the second to be held within 2 days.

On February 14, 2024, Canada held the year’s first Express Entry category-based draw for healthcare professionals. Express Entry Draw #284 had 3,500 invitations to apply sent out. The minimum ranking score targeted was that of CRS 422. A tie-breaking rule of January 30, 2024 at 02:39:54 UTC was applied.

Who was invited in Express Entry draw number 284?

Every draw under the Express Entry system has a specific criteria laid down by the Canadian government. The criteria is announced at the time of the draw.

Express Entry invitations in the latest round went to candidates who -

  1. Were eligible for any Express Entry program (FSWP, FSTP, or CEC),
  2. Had a minimum score of 422 on the Comprehensive Ranking System,
  3. Possessed work experience in any of the 35 healthcare occupations, and
  4. Had created their Express Entry profile before the tie-break applied.

Which healthcare occupations come under Canada’s category-based selection for Express Entry?

There are 35 healthcare occupations under Express Entry category-based selection. All occupations in the Canadian labour market are given a unique code per the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Express Entry Category-Based Selection | Healthcare Occupations

NOC Code


NOC Code


NOC 31100

Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine

NOC 31101

Specialists in surgery

NOC 31102

General practitioners and family physicians

NOC 31103


NOC 31110


NOC 31111


NOC 31112

Audiologists and speech language pathologists

NOC 31121

Dieticians and nutritionists

NOC 31200


NOC 31201


NOC 31202


NOC 31203

Occupational therapists

NOC 31204

Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment

NOC 31209

Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating

NOC 31300

Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

NOC 31301

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

NOC 31302

Nurse practitioners

NOC 31303

Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals

NOC 32101

Licensed practical nurses

NOC 32102

Paramedical occupations

NOC 32103

Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

NOC 32109

Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

NOC 32120

Medical laboratory technologists

NOC 32121

Medical radiation technologists

NOC 32122

Medical sonographers

NOC 32200

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

NOC 32201

Massage therapists

NOC 32209

Other practitioners of natural healing

NOC 33101

Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

NOC 33102

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

NOC 33103

Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

NOC 33109

Other assisting occupations in support of health services

NOC 41301

Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies

NOC 41320

Education counsellors

NOC 42203

Instructors of persons with disabilities




How much experience is needed for healthcare occupations category-based EE selection?

To be eligible, your work experience in a healthcare occupation must be -

  • In any 1 of the 35 healthcare occupations,
  • Within the last 3 years,
  • Continuous,
  • For at least 6 months, and
  • Full-time or equivalent in part-time,

Note that during the period of the work experience, you must have performed a substantial number of the “main duties” for that occupation as in Canada’s NOC. Additionally, all of the essential duties must have been performed by you.

Moreover, the actions done by you must be according to the lead statement for that particular occupation as in the occupational description in NOC of Canada.

Category-based selection makes it easier for certain professionals to receive an invitation to apply under Canadian Express Entry.

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