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Posted on November 04 2022

Targeted Canada immigration draws in 2023; Doctors, nurses get priority

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Updated December 22 2023

Highlights: Canada immigration draws to be targeted ones, prioritizing in-demand skills

  • The system of selecting Canada immigration candidates will align with the new changes Sean Fraser announced for 2023.
  • From 2023, immigration candidates will be chosen based on skills that are required on priority.
  • The first among the skilled foreign workers chosen for immigration will be doctors and nurses.
  • Sean Fraser intends to welcome those healthcare professionals on priority who are qualified to work in Canada right away upon immigration.

Finally, it’s happening. In 2023, IRCC will conduct targeted Canada immigration draws that will prioritize specific types of skilled workers to be invited for Canada PR. The IRCC Minister Sean Fraser had already announced this shift in the way of conducting Express Entry draws.

Also read: Canada Express Entry reforms to bring major changes in early 2023

Right now, the focus is on recruiting more healthcare workers including doctors and nurses. The aim is to facilitate more of these skilled workers to arrive in Canada in Canadian provinces which makes easier validation of their foreign credentials possible. That way, they will be able to start practicing their profession right after they arrive in Canada.

"We can do a targeted draw beginning in 2023. That will allow us to select workers by the sector that they work in and the part of Canada that they are going to,"
Sean Fraser, Minister of IRCC.

Also read: Sean Fraser announces changes in Express Entry rules for migrant Physicians

What difference will it make?

Currently, Canada immigration candidates are selected based on scores assigned to them based on human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language skills. The higher the score, the greater the chance of getting invited to immigrate to Canada.

Now, quite understandably motivated by the need of the hour, immigrant selections will be done based on the skill requirements in the country and its provinces/territories. From 2023, immigration candidates will be filtered based on specific skills and the industrial sectors they belong to.

The current shift in immigration methodology is to empower the Canadian government to address the acute labor shortage more effectively. As of the data in August 2022, there are close to a million job vacancies in Canada.

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Canada’s game plan

The Canadian government has raised the country’s immigration goals to welcome 1.5 million newcomers over a period of three years. With the implementation of the new targeted draws system, Canada’s high-skilled immigrant arrivals will account for around 22% of the newcomers in this period.

The Canadian government will go ahead and collaborate with the provincial governments to create clearer immigration pathways. This will complement the targeted immigration drive and allow a smoother transition from the present system of immigration.

Sean Fraser has also hinted at the federal government’s focus on bringing in a larger number of skilled workers in the construction sector.

If you are willing to migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE.

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