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New Express Entry Draw For 10 Transport Occupations Is Out Now

Last Updated On 20 September 2023, 12:27 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

Today, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC), announced the first transport Express Entry draw as part of its new category-based selection.

This round of invitations emphasizes applicants with transportation experience, such as commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers, to help the industry attract the competent talent it requires across the country.

  • Number of invitations issued: 1,000
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,000 or above
  • Date and time of round: September 20, 2023 at 14:04:14 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 435
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 17, 2023 at 06:44:01 UTC

The Express Entry system in Canada is now customized to provide a simplified and fast pathway for those with significant subject expertise.

Canada aspires to fulfill the increasing demand for talent and fill essential positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and advancement by prioritizing the invitation of qualified newcomers with work experience in transportation occupations.

This targeted Express Entry draw is focused on profiles with at least six months of experience in one of the below-listed 10 occupations.

10 Occupations eligible for Transport Express Entry draws

  1. 93200: Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
    • Example titles: Aircraft assembler
    • Aircraft assembly inspector
    • Airframe assembler
    • Bench and structural assembler
    • Bench fitter mechanic – aircraft assembly
    • Rigger – aircraft assembly
    • Wing tank mechanic – aircraft assembly
  2. 73300: Transport truck drivers
    • Example titles: Bulk goods truck driver
    • Dump truck driver
    • Flatbed truck driver
    • Heavy truck driver
    • Logging truck driver
    • Long haul truck driver
    • Moving van driver
    • Shunt truck driver
    • Tow truck driver
    • Tractor-trailer truck driver
    • Transport driver
    • Truck driver
  3. 72604: Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
    • Example titles: Chief rail traffic controller
    • Marine traffic regulator
    • Rail traffic controller
    • Train operator
  4. 72603: Engineer officers, water transport
    • Example titles: Chief engineer – water transport
    • Engineer officer – water transport
    • Fourth engineer – water transport
    • Marine engineer officer
    • Second engineer
    • Third engineer – water transport
    • Tugboat engineer
  5. 72602: Deck officers, water transport
    • Example titles: Coast Guard vessel first watchkeeping officer
    • Coast Guard vessel navigation officer
    • Coast Guard vessel watchkeeping officer
    • Deck officer – water transport
    • Ferryboat master
    • Master mariner
    • Ship first mate
    • Ship pilot
    • Ship second mate
    • Ship third mate
    • Ship’s captain
    • Ship’s mate
    • Tugboat captain
  6. 72601: Air traffic controllers and related occupations
    • Example titles: Air traffic controller (ATC)
    • Airport air traffic controller
    • Enroute air traffic controller
    • Flight dispatcher
    • Flight service specialist (FSS)
    • Instrument flight rules air traffic controller
    • Terminal air traffic controller
    • Visual flight rules air traffic controller
  7. 72600: Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
    • Example titles: Air pilot
    • Captain – air transport
    • Check pilot
    • Chief flying instructor
    • Chief pilot
    • Co-pilot
    • Flight engineer
    • Flying instructor
    • Helicopter pilot
    • Pilot instructor
    • Relief pilot
    • Second officer – air transport
    • Test pilot
  8. 72404: Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    • Example titles: Aircraft gas turbine engine technician
    • Aircraft hydraulics mechanic
    • Aircraft inspector
    • Aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) (except avionics)
    • Aircraft mechanic
    • Aircraft repair and overhaul inspector
    • Aircraft repair shop inspector
    • Aircraft structural repair technician
    • Aircraft systems inspector
    • Aviation mechanical component shop technician
    • Certified aircraft technician
    • Flight test inspector
  9. 72403: Railway carmen/women
    • Example titles: Rail vehicle mechanic
    • Railway car inspector
    • Railway carman/woman
    • Railway carman/woman apprentice
    • Streetcar and subway car mechanic
  10. 70020: Managers in transportation
    • Example titles: Bus company manager
    • Distribution manager – logistics
    • Flight operations manager
    • Freight forwarding manager
    • Marine superintendent
    • Rail operations superintendent
    • Railway freight manager
    • Traffic manager – transportation
    • Transport department manager
    • Transportation manager
    • Urban transit system manager

Canada confirms its commitment to attracting top global talent and assisting in meeting the economy’s need for transportation workers through category-based selection.

These category-based selection rounds, as well as general and program-specific invitation rounds, will continue throughout the year.

Things to Watch out

It will be important to see the size of this Express Entry draw targeted for transport occupations since it will determine the CRS cutoff score.

We are expecting the CRS cutoff score to be between 350 and 400, similar to what we saw in targeted trades draw.

Furthermore, it will be interesting to watch out to see if IRCC will be holding other targeted draws as well as the no program specified draw since there hasn’t been any round of invitations since August 15.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.

It is a points-based system that ranks candidates based on factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.

The highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence through regular draws conducted by the Canadian government.


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