The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program through Express Entry now includes a wider range of occupations following the release of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021. To qualify for Canadian permanent residency under the FSW, foreign nationals must, among other things, have job experience in four of the new NOC system’s six TEER (Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities) categories.
The occupations that qualify for the FSW now fall into the TEER categories 0, 1, 2, and 3.
So, as of November 16, it is clear that all 16 occupations that now count as work experience for Express Entry applicants fall under the FSW program. Newly recognized occupations in the FSW are as follows:
In the NOC 2021, the TEER is shown by the second digit of the classification code. This means that all newly added jobs are TEER 3 jobs.
These are jobs that are thought to need a college diploma, less than two years of apprenticeship training, or more than six months of on-the-job training.
Using All Available Means To Address Labor Shortfalls
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has pledged to use “every tool at our disposal” to address worker shortages, with a focus on “critical sectors” such as healthcare, construction, and transportation.
As well as helping Canadians in need of these services, the proposed reforms will benefit the country as a whole by bolstering the workforce on which the country’s economic growth depends.
Several businesses, especially those in the transportation and personal support worker industries, are relieved by the FSW’s recent expansion.
Trucking and Personal Support Workers Support FSW Expansion
According to Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski, “the trucking business is necessary for the growth of all industries in Canada.” For the first time, trucking companies will have access to an international workforce, according to Minister Fraser’s statement. This will improve supply chain security across industries, from agriculture to manufacturing.
Miranda Ferrier, head of the Canadian Association of Support Workers (CANSWA), praised the federal government for deciding to increase the FSW to include these jobs.
To guarantee that basic patient care can be provided, she continued, “Personal support workers offer the majority of bedside nursing care to vulnerable Canadians across our country and are in critical need of help.” The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CANSWA) and its members extend a warm welcome to newcomers to Canada and wish them well as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
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