Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Canada announces first round of Express Entry invitations for truck drivers, transport sector

Today Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller announced that the first round of invitations for transport occupations through category-based selection in Express Entry will occur this week. This focus on candidates with experience in the transport sector—including commercial truck drivers, pilots and aircraft assembly workers—is expected to help attract the skilled talent the sector requires.

“As Canada grows its economy, we’re committed to improving transport and infrastructure to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods and passengers across the country. Category-based selection helps us invite newcomers with experience in transport occupations to fill significant labour gaps and ensure the future success of the Canadian transport sector,” Miller said in a statement. “I look forward to welcoming more skilled workers to our country, as their knowledge and expertise are invaluable, to meet our labour market needs.”

Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for those seeking to immigrate permanently through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. This May, former Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser, announced the launch of category-based selection, a new process to welcome skilled newcomers with work experience in priority jobs as permanent residents.

The categories were determined following extensive consultations with provincial and territorial partners, stakeholders and the public, as well as a review of labour market needs. A complete list of eligible jobs for the new categories is available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

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