16 New Occupations Eligible for Permanent Residence

This past month, Sean Fraser, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the implementation of 16 new occupations eligible for permanent residence. Under the Express Entry Program, foreign workers in Canada have the opportunity to apply to become permanent residents if their respective occupations are classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021. Due to the intense labour shortages nationwide, allowing eligibility for more occupations will incentivize more workers from around the world to work in Canada. 


NOC is Canada’s well-structured classification occupational system that carefully reviews and categorizes employment activity in Canada. Particularly, this system analyzes the country’s overall labour market and supply, in order to review occupational development, funding or demand.t


As of this year, the NOC consists of about 30,000 job titles, all organized to four skill levels and ten occupational categories. To learn more about this system, view Canada’s official NOC page. 



The 16 new occupations belong in some of Canada’s in demand sectors such as healthcare, construction and transportation. The following occupations include: 


Payroll Administrators  Estheticians, Electrologists and other related occupations 
Dental Assistants and Dental Laboratory Assistants  Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers 
Nurse Aides and Patient Service Associates  Pest Controllers and Fumigators 
Pharmacy Technical Assistants and Pharmacy Assistants  Repairers and Services 
Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants  Transport Truck Drivers 
Sheriffs and Bailiffs  Bus Drivers, Subway Operators and other transit operators 
Correctional Service Officers  Heavy Equipment Operators 
By-law Enforcement and other Regulatory Officers  Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors



In order to work in Canada, the worker must acquire a valid Work Permit. There are two kinds of work permits:



This type of permit enables the foreign individual to work in Canada without the need of a job offer. Instead, they have access to Canada’s job market and have the freedom to apply and be selected in the jobs they applied to. This permit is commonly acquired by: 

  • International students who graduate from Canadian institutions. They can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit after the completion of their study in order to remain and work in Canada. 
  • Spouses/Common Law Partners of international students. If requirements are met, international students can bring their spouses/partners with them to Canada via an open work permit, allowing them to work while they study. 
  • Spouses/Common Law Partners Sponsorship. Those being sponsored by their spouses/partners can be eligible for an open work permit if requirements are met. 
  • Via the International Experience Canada (IEC). This is a special program allowing candidates aged 18 to 35 years old, to temporarily work in Canada if specific requirements are met. 

To learn more details about the requirements of an open work permit, read here.  



This type of permit requires the foreign applicant to receive a job offer first. Once received, he must coordinate with the employer to prepare a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) letter and send the necessary documents alongside it to Canada immigration. In order to obtain a positive or neutral LMIA, which is needed to grant access to work in Canada, the employer must prepare documents indicating why they chose the foreign worker and the difficulties they faced in hiring within Canada. 

To learn more details about the requirements of LMIA work permit, visit mana immigration. 

16 Occupations for Permanent Residence, Job Offer and Acceptance


The Express Entry pathway is an online system used by the Government of Canada to choose among foreign skilled workers to be considered for permanent residency. The Express Entry manages three immigration programs: 

  • This program is for workers who have already gained work experience in Canada during the three years prior to the application. Applicants who worked in Canada via an LMIA Work Permit or an Open Work Permit can be considered for this class if other requirements are met. 
  • This program is for those with work experience outside of Canada. They must meet the requirements alongside certain educational and language factors. 
  • This program is for workers qualified in a skilled trade. They must receive a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a valid certification alongside meeting the specific requirements. 

As noted, the implementation of the 16 newly announced occupations to the Express Entry will encourage foreign workers to seek employment in Canada and solve the country’s labour issue. To learn more about the permanent resident pathways, read here

16 Occupations for Permanent Residence can be located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Here at mana jobs, we specialize in bringing skilled international workers to work and live in Canada. We match them with a Canadian employer best fit for their resume. Our team of labour market experts have 20 years of experience to properly guide you through the recruiting process. We work with mana immigration to ease the immigration process and will help you determine the best and fastest pathway to become Canadian permanent residents. 

We have job openings for occupations qualified for permanent residence. Openings for Construction Workers, Truck Drivers and Warehouse Heavy Equipment Operators, new occupations eligible for Express Entry, are all available for applications in our job portal today. Security services, healthcare and administration sectors will be available soon. 

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