Value of Transport Occupations in the Category-based Express Entry Selection

Value of Transport Occupations in the Category-based Express Entry Selection

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) included transport occupations among the five occupational categories for the category-based Express Entry selection. It highlights the value of bringing new immigrants with work experience in transportation occupations to address acute labor shortages in the transport sector.

What are the new category-based Express Entry draws  

Starting June 28, 2023, Canada began holding category-based Express entry draws. The first such draw targeted the healthcare occupations, inviting 500 profiles. The first category-based draw for transport occupations on September 20, 2023, invited 1,000 profiles, having a CRS cit-off of 435 points. Canada is prioritizing the following occupation categories to attract new immigrants with skills across five in-demand professions:

  • Transport
  • Trades
  • Healthcare
  • STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Agriculture and Agri-food

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted draws across all these categories to welcome new immigrants with relevant work experience and French language proficiency. The new category-based Express Entry draws address growing vacancies across in-demand occupations. These draws enable the IRCC to leverage the Express Entry system to enhance skilled immigration and boost Canada’s economy and job market.

Need for Express Entry draws for transport occupations 

The shortage of truck drivers is growing exponentially, as it doubled between 2016 and 2020, as reported by the Toronto Star. Selection of the transport occupations as among the five categories of Express Entry selection underlines the current supply-chain gaps, causing a shortage of goods and transport delays. These factors result in the growth of the prices of merchandise across Canada.

The annual demand for truck drivers in Canada is going to be around 17,000 by the year 2025. Canada’s economy heavily relies on the transportation sector. All industries in the transportation sector, including trucking, aviation, marine, and rail, will experience acute labor shortages in the next decade starting this year.  

Aspiring immigrants to benefit from employment opportunities

Canada’s labor market gaps in the transport sector present myriad employment opportunities for aspiring immigrants with skills and experience in transport occupations. They can leverage the category-based Express Entry draws for transport occupations to find excellent career opportunities. Here is a list of transport occupations eligible for category-based Express Entry selection.

  • Managers in transportation
  • Transport truck drivers
  • Air Pilots, Flight Engineers, and Flying Instructors
  • Aircraft assemblers
  • Aircraft assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors
  • Railway Carmen
  • Railway Traffic Controllers and Marine Traffic Regulators
  • Engineer Officers, Water Transport
  • Deck Officers Water Transport

 Jobs in the transportation sector provide better compensation for financial stability. The median hourly wage for long-haul truck drivers is $27.80, making it a lucrative career for immigrants with relevant work experience.

Qualifying for transport category-based selection

These are a few main eligibility requirements for prospective immigrants willing to apply under the Transport Occupations Express Entry category:

  • Meeting main qualifying criteria for the relevant Express Entry stream, such as Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 
  • Showing proof of skilled experience of at least six months in any occupation under the Transport Category
  • Having an active Express Entry profile with optimum CRS score for selection in the round of invitations

Category-based express entry draws for transport occupations enable Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to attract Express Entry profiles with the right skill sets across in-demand transport occupations. Canada leverages the category-based Express Entry draws to address the labor market by customizing economic immigration. The new Category-based Express Entry draws provide a broad spectrum of opportunities across in-demand transport occupations.   


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