Category-based selection

Canada Announces First STEM Category-Based Selection Round

Published on: June 29th, 2023

The Canadian government is set to launch its first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) category-based selection round the week of July 5th. STEM category-based selection aims to attract top global talent and solidify Canada’s position as a leader in research, development, and innovation.

First STEM Category Draw to Take Place Next Week

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, made the announcement this week, stating that the round will open during the week of July 5th.

The primary objective of this initiative is to address the increasing demand for STEM professionals and fill key positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and technological advancement. Candidates with expertise in fields such as data science, software development, programming, mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, and electronic engineering will be prioritized in the selection draw.

This move aligns with the Canadian government’s efforts to overcome STEM workforce labor challenges and further reinforces its commitment to attracting and retaining exceptional individuals. It also builds upon the recent introduction of the Tech Talent Attraction Strategy, a comprehensive plan aimed at enhancing Canada’s global competitiveness in the technology sector.

In a previous announcement by the Honourable Minister Fraser, the new Express Entry category-based selection was introduced. This selection method targets labor needs that align with specific economic goals and aims to bolster Francophone immigration by inviting candidates with specific work experience or French language proficiency to apply for permanent residence.

“Canada’s ability to remain at the cutting edge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics depends largely on our country’s ability to recruit top talent from around the world” stated the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. He expressed enthusiasm about the STEM category-based selection round, emphasizing its potential to enhance access to permanent residency for skilled workers with STEM backgrounds. Minister Fraser further emphasized the government’s eagerness to welcome these talented and innovative newcomers to Canada.

The STEM category-based selection rounds will occur alongside the general invitation rounds throughout the year, with additional details to be disclosed in the forthcoming weeks. STEM category-based draws builds as well on the recent lauch of the Tech Talent Attraction Strategy. These initiatives collectively represent Canada’s concerted effort to bridge the skills gap, facilitate economic growth, and foster a thriving environment for scientific and technological advancements in the country.

Which NOCs are Being Targeted for STEM Category-Based Draws?

There are a total of 24 occupations eligible for the STEM category-based draws:

Occupation 2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Architecture and science managers200110
Business systems specialists212211
Civil Engineers213001
Computer and information systems managers200120
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)213111
Computer systems developers and programmers212301
Cybersecurity specialists212201
Data scientists212111
Database analysts and data administrators212231
Electrical and electronics engineers213101
Engineering managers200100
Industrial and manufacturing engineers213211
Information systems specialists212221
Land surveyors212031
Landscape Architects212011
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries212101
Metallurgical and materials engineers213221
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers414001
Software developers and programmers212321
Software engineers and designers212311
Urban and land use planners212021
Web designers212331
Web developers and programmers212341

Category-Based Selection Will Help to Meet 2023 – 2025 Immigration Targets

Immigration has been a key strategy for the Canadian government to help address labour market shortages. The current immigration plan also aims to attract the skills required to fill critical sectors, such as health care, skilled trades, manufacturing and technology sectors. Category-based draws will help to address these shortages by allowing the government to target roles and industries facing the most severe shortages.

Over the next three years, Canada will increase the number of new immigrants to the country each year. Canada will aim to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023. The target will rise to 485,000 new immigrants in 2024. And it will again rise in 2025 to 500,000 new immigrants.

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