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Express Entry: 500 Healthcare Workers Invited in First-Ever Category-Based Draw

Published on : June 30, 2023

Canada focuses on healthcare workers in the first-ever category-based draw to be held.

On June 28, 2023, Canada invited 500 healthcare workers under the new Express Entry category-based selection draw. This is the first category-specific draw to be held in the history of the Express Entry system. The first Express Entry draw was held on January 31, 2015. The latest draw is Express Entry Draw #252.

Express Entry draws are held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on behalf of the Canadian government. So far, Express Entry draws have been either general or program-specific.

With the introduction of category-based draws, there are 3 different kinds of draws that can be held by IRCC under Express Entry. These are -

(1) General rounds of invitations

Top-ranking candidates in the pool eligible for any of the 3 Express Entry programs are invited.

(2) Program-specific rounds of invitations

Top-ranking candidates eligible for a particular Express Entry program are invited.

(3) Category-based rounds of invitations

A category that meets a specific economic goal will be determined. After that, the top-ranking candidates eligible for that specific category will be invited.

Express Entry Draw #252

Held on June 28, 2023 14:04:34 UTC

Invitations issued


Type of draw

Category-specific: Healthcare Occupations (2023-1)

Invited from

For skilled workers in healthcare fields, eligible for either -

(1) Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

(2) Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

(3) Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Minimum CRS cut-off


In 2023, so far -

● Total draws: 16

● Total ITAs: 59,548

A tie-breaking rule of November 12, 2022 12:47:27 UTC was applied. Applicable only to profiles that have the lowest required score (CRS 476 in the latest EE draw), the tie-break rule takes the cut-off based on the date and time that the Express Entry profiles were submitted.

On June 28, 2023, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser announced “the first ever invitations under Express Entry for skilled newcomers with work experience in health care fields.”

Per Statistics Canada, in 2022 Q3, job vacancies in health and social assistance went up to an all-time high of 150,100 vacancies. Canada is facing a significant labour shortage in various health occupations across the country.

According to the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), health care will become the largest employment sector in Canada. By 2031, an estimated over 2.5 million workers will be employed in the health care sector, up from 2.2 million in 2021.

Which healthcare occupations come under category-based Express Entry selection?

35 healthcare occupations are included.

Canada’s Express Entry: Category-Based Selection | 35 Healthcare Occupations

NOC 32201 Massage therapists


NOC 31110 Dentists

NOC 31111 Optometrists

NOC 31202 Physiotherapists

NOC 31200 Psychologists

NOC 31103 Veterinarians

NOC 32122 Medical sonographers

NOC 42203 Instructors of persons with disabilities

NOC 31203 Occupational therapists

NOC 31300 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

NOC 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment

NOC 32101 Licensed practical nurses

NOC 31201 Chiropractors

NOC 31102 General practitioners and family physicians

NOC 41320 Education counsellors

NOC 31121 Dieticians and nutritionists

NOC 31112 Audiologists and speech language pathologists

NOC 31302 Nurse practitioners

NOC 33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services

NOC 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

NOC 32121 Medical radiation technologists

NOC 32120 Medical laboratory technologists

NOC 33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

NOC 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals

NOC 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

NOC 31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

NOC 32102 Paramedical occupations

NOC 33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

NOC 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

NOC 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating

NOC 32209 Other practitioners of natural healing

NOC 32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

NOC 41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies

NOC 31101 Specialists in surgery

NOC 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine

NOC: National Occupational Classification that assigns a unique 5-digit code to each occupation in the Canadian labour market.

For 2023 category-based Express Entry selection, IRCC will be prioritizing the selection of workers with experience in occupations that are expected to face labour shortages between 2022 to 2031.

Canada has also announced - on June 28, 2023 - the very first category-specific draw for skilled workers for STEM experience. The draw specifically targeting STEM is expected to be held soon.

Thinking of immigrating to Canada by Express Entry in 2023? The right advice matters. For more details, get in touch. Free consultation provided.




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