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Word cloud of 42 healthcare occupations in Canada.

Why express entry healthcare category is important?

If you’re a healthcare professional interested in immigrating to Canada, you may be in luck! Canada’s express entry and several provinces are favoring healthcare professionals and inviting them with very low express entry scores. And the best part is that for Express Entry and Ontario programs, you don’t need to have a job offer or a license to practice your profession in Canada.

The last express entry FSW healthcare related rounds of invites was in Oct 2023, where 3,600 Healthcare occupations were invited and the express entry score went down to 431. But what about those whose score was less than 431?

On Feb 6, 2024, Ontario invited 2,086 applicants from Express Entry pool through the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. All of these applicants had healthcare related occupations. The score ranges were very low, from 379-430. So, right now is a great time for Healthcare professionals to get into express entry and choose Ontario or All Provinces as their province of choice.

British Columbia also invited Healthcare related occupations in their recent draws. But a job offer was required from a BC employer.

SINP Also invited 48 applicants from 7 in-demand healthcare occupations on Dec 2023.

On Jan 16th and Jan 2nd, Alberta sent a total of 64 invites applicants, with express entry scores as low as 309 points. These applicants had job offer in Alberta in one of the 9 Healthcare occupations, along with a valid license.

The following 42 occupations were chosen for Ontario recent draw:

    1. Managers in health care
    2. Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
    3. Specialists in surgery
    4. General practitioners and family physicians
    5. Veterinarians
    6. Dentists
    7. Optometrists
    8. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    9. Pharmacists
    10. Dietitians and nutritionists
    11. Chiropractors
    12. Physiotherapists
    13. Occupational therapists
    14. Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    15. Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
    16. Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    17. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    18. Nurse practitioners
    19. Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
    20. Opticians
    21. Licensed practical nurses
    22. Paramedical occupations
    23. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    24. Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
    25. Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    26. Denturists
    27. Dental hygienists and dental therapists
    28. Dental technologists and technicians
    29. Medical laboratory technologists
    30. Medical radiation technologists
    31. Medical sonographers
    32. Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
    33. Pharmacy technicians
    34. Other medical technologists and technicians
    35. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
    36. Massage therapists
    37. Other practitioners of natural healing
    38. Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
    39. Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
    40. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    41. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
    42. Other assisting occupations in support of health services

    When is the next express entry draw for healthcare workers?

    Express entry conducts regular draws. At least 2-3 healthcare draws are expected in the year.

    Why Express entry draw is delayed?

    Express Entry General draws were paused for sometimes during covid. Now there are regular draws, including category specific draws.

    What is a good score for express entry Canada?

    It really depends on your occupation. If you’re eligible for category specific draws, you may get an invitation to apply with a very low score like in the 300’s. But if you targeting the general category, you’ll need a score of more than 500.



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