The IRCC has unveiled its inaugural Express Entry invitations targeting skilled newcomers with STEM expertise.

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, made an important announcement regarding the upcoming category-based selection for STEM professionals, scheduled to commence during the week of July 5th.

This round of invitations will prioritize candidates with expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, including data scientists, software developers and programmers, mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries, as well as electrical and electronic engineers.

The primary objective of this initiative is to fulfill the increasing demand for STEM talent in Canada and fill crucial positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and technological advancement.

This announcement signifies a significant milestone in Canada’s commitment to attracting top global talent and solidifying its position as a leader in research, development, and innovation. It aligns with the Canadian government’s endeavors to retain and attract exceptional candidates in order to address the labor challenges faced by the STEM workforce. This initiative builds upon the recent launch of the Tech Talent Attraction Strategy.

The introduction of the new Express Entry category-based selection, which was announced last month by Minister Fraser, aims to address labor market requirements that align with specific economic goals. It will also enhance Francophone immigration by inviting candidates with specific work experience or French language proficiency to apply for permanent residence.

“Canada’s ability to remain at the cutting edge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics depends largely on our country’s ability to recruit top talent from around the world. I’m excited to announce this STEM category-based selection round with my colleague, Minster Champagne, which will increase access to permanent residence for skilled workers with STEM experience. We look forward to welcoming these talented and innovative newcomers to our country.”

Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

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