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Express Entry invitations to include transport workers – Truck News

Changes to Canada’s immigration process will offer the government a new tool to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills or training to apply through the Express Entry management system – and the process includes transportation workers.

Details about the timing of invitations for individual categories, as well as how to apply, are to be announced in coming weeks.

Truck drivers were added to the Express Entry program last year. Eligible workers have, in the past three years, accumulated at least six months of continuous work experience in the occupation.

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This year, the invitations will focus on candidates who are proficient in French, or have work experience in transport; trades such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors; healthcare; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and agriculture and agri-food.

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser said in a press release.

“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities. Put simply, Canada’s immigration system has never been more responsive to the country’s social or economic needs.”­­­

Trucking industry job vacancies reached an all-time high of 25,600 positions in 2022, Trucking HR Canada reports.

The first category-based invitations to apply are expected this summer.

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