Top 10 Professions Most Desired by Canada ~ Express Entry Program

Seriously contemplating moving to Canada? If so, I have some good news to share with you!

If you have expertise in one of the most desired career categories, your move just might be fast-tracked – read on to learn more!

If the recent upset victory for President-Elect Donald Trump has you daydreaming of leaving the U.S. and moving to Canada, you may be in luck.

Canada is, in fact, looking for a few skilled men and women (actually, thousands of them).

Canada’s fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry is perhaps the quickest way for skilled workers to transition into a role in this country. The Canadian government has committed to an application processing time of 6 months in the vast majority of cases.

All applicants for Express Entry are scored based on several influences including their professional skills, work history, language ability, and education, and are then ranked against other applicants. Those in the top of the rankings are then invited to become permanent residents.

Following the launch of the Express Entry Program last year, our government reports that more than 31,000+ invitations to apply for permanent residence have been issued to a diverse range of highly skilled immigrants.

According to our government, as of January 3, 2016, the following rather surprising occupations are most frequently invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada:

  1. Food Service Supervisors
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 2,356
    Percent of invited applicants: 7.6%
  2. Cooks
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 2,295
    Percent of invited applicants: 7.4%
  3. Information Systems Analysts & Consultants
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 1,255
    Percent of invited applicants: 4%
  4. Software Engineers
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 940
    Percent of invited applicants: 3%
  5. Computer Programmers & Interactive Media Developers
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 935
    Percent of invited applicants: 3%
  6. University Professors & Lecturers
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 745
    Percent of invited applicants: 2.4%
  7. Retail Sales Supervisors
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 669
    Percent of invited applicants: 2.2%
  8. Graphic Designers & Illustrators
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 550
    Percent of invited applicants: 1.8%
  9. Financial Auditors & Accountants
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 494
    Percent of invited applicants: 1.6%
  10. Financial & Investment Analysts
    Successful Express Entry applicants: 446
    Percent of invited applicants: 1.4%


For your information and convenience, I attach the following video from Citizenship and Immigration Canada on how the Express Entry program and potential candidate selection process work.


Supporting Article Research Sources: Business Insider, Government of Canada