Truck drivers included in Canada’s Express Entry program

Commercial truck driving is now one of the careers included in Canada’s Express Entry program to recruit immigrants for high-demand sectors.

Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), on Wednesday announced the launch of the revised National Occupational Classification (NOC). The move opens doors to permanent residency under the Express Entry immigration program for 16 new occupations, including healthcare, construction and transportation.

“We are using every tool at our disposal to address labor shortages … these changes will support Canadians who need these services and they will support employers by providing them with a more robust workforce that we can rely on to deliver.” to propel our economy forward into a prosperous future,” Fraser said in a press release.

Canada’s trucking industry currently has vacancies for nearly 30,000 driver jobs, officials said, with the total number of vacancies expected to rise to 50,000 by 2024.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance said the job vacancy rate in the trucking industry is about 8%, compared to a 5.4% rate for general employment.

“Every sector of Canada’s economy depends on the trucking industry,” Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, said in a statement. “[The] Secretary Fraser’s announcement will help secure supply chains – from agriculture to manufacturing – by giving trucking companies access to an international workforce previously unavailable to our sector.”

NOC is Canada’s national reference for occupations, providing a classification structure and disseminating occupation data for labor market information. Express Entry is Canada’s premier application management system for those wishing to immigrate to Canada permanently.

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