Truckers are now eligible for Express Entry

Posted Nov 24, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Truckers are now eligible for Express Entry

This week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released NOC 2021 and added 16 new occupations to the list of occupations eligible for Express Entry. Truck driving is one of them due to significant labor shortages in the sector. NOC 2021 is a revision of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

A shortage of truckers

The industry is facing an acute shortage of skilled workers due to several factors, including layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a high rate of retirements. According to Trucking HR Canada’s 2021 Labor Market Snapshot, there were 18,000 vacancies in the truck driving industry in Canada in the second quarter of 2021.

Truck driving is a critical part of Canada’s supply chain and has a huge impact on the national economy in the event of disruptions and labor shortages.

The report indicates that in Canada, the trucking and logistics industry moves more than $850 billion worth of products to domestic and export markets. Even before the onset of the global pandemic, the Forest Products Association of Canada estimated that the shortage of truckers was costing the industry about $450 million in lost productivity.

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Coming to Canada by Express Entry

Express Entry programs are the most important immigration pathways for skilled workers. It is an application management system that works with three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program ( FSTP), to expedite the processing of applications for permanent residence for skilled workers

How does a NOC affect an Express Entry application?

The NOC allows IRCC to understand what an individual’s occupation is and the level of skill or experience required. NOC 2016 focused on whether the role was NOC 0, A or B (from management to skilled trades). CNP 2021 instead introduced a system based on the candidate’s training, education, experience and responsibilities (TEER).

Apply for Express Entry

To begin with, a potential candidate must self-assess if they are eligible for an Express Entry program.

They must then complete a language assessment and obtain all necessary educational credential assessments. Once these are completed, the next step is to upload a profile on the IRCC website and wait for a decision. Express Entry uses a point-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to rank candidate profiles. Your profile will be given a score and will be ranked among all the other candidates in the pool.

Once the candidate has applied, IRCC reviews the application and decides if the candidate is approved.

Top-scoring applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can then apply for permanent residency. When an applicant receives an ITA, they have 60 days to send a finalized application to IRCC.

IRCC tries to process 80% of all Express Entry applications within six months of receiving the final application.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

The FSWP is the most popular program under Express Entry for candidates applying from abroad. It is designed for skilled workers who meet certain foreign language, work experience and education requirements.

The minimum requirements are one year of work experience, a Canadian Language Benchmark (NCLC) score of 7, proof of funds, and proof of education. You must also score at least 67/100 on the FSWP point grid.

Canadian Experience Class

The CEC is specifically for those who have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada, acquired within the last three years.

They must also achieve a minimum CLB of 5 (“initial intermediate”) for category 2 or 3 NOC TEER jobs or CLB 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”), for category 0 or 1 NOC TEER jobs.

Upcoming changes for Express Entry

Last year, Bill C-19 received Royal Assent in the Canadian Parliament. New bill gives IRCC authority to invite Express Entry candidates based on individual factors such as language skills or work experience to better fill Canada’s nearly 1 million job vacancies . The process of identifying and selecting these groups has not yet been finalized.

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