Wednesday 1 November 2023

Canada Unveils Comprehensive Immigration Plan: To Enhance Societal Inclusivity and Economic Growth

 Minister Marc Miller's Vision for Canada's Immigration System 

Canada is known for having an impressive immigration system for letting people from other countries come and live there. The Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, just announced a big plan that shows how much Canada wants to make the immigration system even better. The plan is all about the bigger picture when aspiring immigrants move to Canada, so it's not just about paperwork, but also about making sure everyone feels welcome and can do well in their new home. It shows that Canada really cares about making sure that when people come to live there, they can make a good life for themselves and also help the country grow.

 Key Objectives of the Comprehensive Plan 

The comprehensive plan introduced by Minister Marc Miller highlights several key objectives that aim to shape the future of Canada's immigration landscape. These objectives primarily revolve around creating a more welcoming experience for newcomers, aligning immigration with labour market needs, and developing a comprehensive and coordinated growth plan.

 Creating a More Welcoming Experience for Newcomers 

Under this section, the plan outlines various strategies to reduce wait times, embrace digital tools, expedite visitor visas, and ensure a human-centric approach. It emphasizes building an advisory body with lived immigration experiences and streamlining pathways and programs for easier navigation. The focus is on facilitating a smoother settlement process for newcomers and their families.

 Aligning Immigration with Labor Market Needs 

The plan's emphasis on aligning immigration with the labour market underscores Canada's commitment to global competitiveness. It introduces the role of a Chief International Talent Officer, emphasizes the implementation of a tech talent strategy, and stresses the importance of attracting international students with high-demand skills. Additionally, the plan aims to improve foreign credential recognition and bring in workers to address social pressures in key sectors like housing and healthcare.

 Developing a Comprehensive and Coordinated Growth Plan 

This section of the plan focuses on fostering a more whole-of-government approach to immigration growth. It highlights the importance of supporting communities, exploring options for leveraging immigrant investments to support affordable housing and enhancing regional immigration to ensure welcoming communities across Canada. The plan also emphasizes Canada's proactive stance in responding to global humanitarian crises through the development of a crisis response framework and a global incident response team.

Key Aspects and Initiatives of Canada's Evolving Immigration System 

The evolving nature of Canada's immigration system is underscored by its response to demographic shifts, its commitment to humanitarian efforts, and its focus on fostering economic growth and innovation. The government's proactive approach to modernizing the immigration system is highlighted, along with the recognition of both its strengths and areas for improvement.

Message from Canada's Immigration Minister, Marc Miller 

Minister Marc Miller's message resonates with a strong emphasis on the integral role of immigration in shaping Canada's past and future. He highlights the collaborative efforts required to ensure the successful integration of newcomers and acknowledges the need for ongoing enhancements and modernization. The Minister expresses gratitude to all stakeholders for their contributions to the report and emphasizes the collaborative nature of welcoming newcomers to Canada.

Some Changes that are underway

  •  Canada wants to improve its immigration system to help more people who are in tough situations around the world.

  • They want more people who speak French to come here as Canada PR and help keep the French language strong in different parts of the country.

  •  Canada is working to make it easier for students from other countries to come and study at good schools here.

  • They are also trying to plan for things like where people will live, how they'll get healthcare, and what kinds of buildings and roads they'll need when more people come to Canada.

  • Canada will listen to people who have moved here to learn how they can make things better for newcomers.

  •  They will have a person whose job is to make sure that the people coming to Canada can find good jobs that they're skilled for.

  • They're going to make their website easier to use so that people can find the information they need more easily. 

These changes will make sure that Canada can get the right people to help make the country even better, while also making sure everything is fair and safe for everyone.

Few Quick Facts

1. Many people from other countries move to Canada, making up about 23% of the population.

2. The number of workers is decreasing compared to the number of older people, causing job shortages.

3. Most new immigrants are between 25 and 54 years old, helping to balance the age of the population.

4. The IRCC asked for ideas from 17,500 people, including clients like temporary workers, international students, and permanent residents.

Canada's Commitment to Progressive Immigration Policies 

Canada's comprehensive immigration plan, as outlined by Minister Marc Miller, reflects the nation's commitment to maintaining a diverse and vibrant society, addressing labour market challenges, and responding effectively to global humanitarian crises. The plan's initiatives underscore Canada's position as a global leader in progressive immigration policies and practices, solidifying its reputation as a welcoming and inclusive nation.

Friday 27 October 2023

Canada Invites 3600 healthcare workers in the latest Express Entry Draw

In the 271st Express Entry draw conducted by IRCC, Canada invited 3,600 immigrants who had an express entry profile. This was the category-specific draw held for Healthcare Occupations.

The Express Entry round was conducted on 26th October at 13:28:39 UTC. The comprehensive ranking system (CRS) score for the lowest-ranking candidate was 431.

The tiebreaker rule was applied for May 24, 2023 agt 19:47:51 UTC.

Below is the tabular representation of the data of the latest express entry draw 2023:


DateMinimum CRS scoreNumber of ITACategoryRemark

Oct  10, 2023



Healthcare Occupation

Tie-breaking rule: July 31, 2023, at 09:57:30 UTC

As per the CRS score distribution of Express Entry Candidates present in the pool for their Canada PR invitation as of 23rd October 2023, there are 214,873 applicants in the Express Entry pool currently out of which  60,587 belong to the 451 to 500 CRS range. While 1,307 applicants have CRS scores ranging between 501 to 600 and 1,536 applicants have a CRS score between 600 to 1200.

What are the eligibility criteria for Canada PR for the Healthcare Occupations Category?

To be eligible for this category you must possess the following:

  • Applicant has to meet the eligibility criteria of one of  the following Express Entry Programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Workers Program

  2. Canadian Experience Class

  3. Federal Skilled Trades Program.

  • Your occupation must be listed in the eligible occupation list for healthcare workers

  • You must have continuously paid 6 months of work experience in the last 6 months in the said occupation field.

  • Also, you must meet the requirements as per the instructions given in the round.

Which are the mentioned occupations for the healthcare occupations category for Express Entry?

S No.           NOC                          Occupations

1. NOC 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medication

2. NOC 31101 Specialists in surgery

3. NOC 31102      General practitioners and family physicians

4. NOC 31103 Veterinarians

5. NOC 31110 Dentists

6. NOC 31111 Optometrists

7. NOC 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

8. NOC 31121 Dieticians and nutritionists

9. NOC 31200 Psychologists

10. NOC 31201     Chiropractors

11. NOC 31202    Physiotherapists

12. NOC 31203 Occupational therapists

13. NOC 31204 Kinesiologists and other jobs in therapy and assessment

14. NOC 31209 Other professional jobs in analyzing health and treating

15. NOC 31300 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

16. NOC 31301 Registered nursemaids and enlisted psychiatric nurses

17. NOC 31302 Nurse practitioners

18. NOC 31303 Physician associates, midwives, and allied health specialists

19. NOC 32101 Licensed practical nurses

20. NOC 32102 Paramedical occupations

21. NOC 32103 Respiratory therapists and cardiopulmonary technologists

22. NOC 32109 Other technical jobs in therapy and examination

23. NOC 32120 Medical laboratory technologists

24. NOC 32121 Medical radiation technologists

25. NOC 32122 Medical Sonographers

26. NOC 32200 Traditional Chinese treatment workers and acupuncturists

27. NOC 32201      Massage therapists

28. NOC 32209      Other practitioners of natural healing

29. NOC 33101     Medical laboratory support and similar technical fields

30. NOC 33102 Nurse assistants, attendants, and patient service associates

31. NOC 33103 Pharmacy technical helpers and pharmacy subordinates

32. NOC 33109 Other nursing jobs in health services

33. NOC 41301 Therapists in counseling and connected fields

34. NOC 41320 Education counselors

35. NOC 42203 Instructors of persons with disabilities