Is your occupation in-demand in Canada?

CIC News
Published: July 27, 2010

One way to be eligible for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa is to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program by having at least one year of paid work experience during the last 10 years in one of the 29 qualifying occupations. Last month, 11 new occupations were added to the list of qualifying occupations for this program. This is great news for dentists, pharmacists, insurance adjusters, biologists and others who were previously ineligible for the Federal Skilled Worker category of Canadian Immigration.

The government of Canada amended the list of qualifying occupations to better respond to the present needs of Canada's economy. While most regions in Canada are experiencing a shortage of professionals and skilled workers in these occupations, some cities and regions have a particularly high need for workers with this experience. The government feels that a skilled worker or professional in one of the 29 occupations has the best chance for success in finding full-time permanent employment in Canada. has recently added an Occupation Profile for each of the 29 qualifying occupations considered most in-demand by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Below you'll find a list of the 11 new occupations. Click on any one of the occupation titles below see the Occupation Profile.

  • Architects: Architects conceptualize, plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, institutional and residential buildings.
  • Biologists and Related Scientists: These scientists conduct basic and applied research to extend knowledge of living organisms, manage natural resources and develop new practices related to medicine and agriculture, for example.
  • Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades: These contractors and supervisors in the heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, millwrighting and elevator installation trades own and operate their own businesses.
  • Dentists: Dentists diagnose and treat disorders of the teeth and mouth. They work in private practice or may be employed in hospitals, clinics, public health facilities or universities.
  • Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists: Dental hygienists provide dental hygiene treatment and usually work in dentists' offices, hospitals, clinics, and educational institutions. Dental therapists carry out limited dental services and are employed by the federal government and the provincial governments to provide services in rural and remote communities.
  • Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners: Insurance adjusters investigate insurance claims and determine the amount of loss or damages covered by policies. Insurance claims examiners examine claims investigated by insurance adjusters.
  • Pharmacists: Pharmacists compound and dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals and provide consultative services to both clients and health care providers.
  • Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture): These managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate operations in forestry and logging, mining and quarrying, oil and gas drilling, production and servicing operations, or commercial fishing.
  • Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management: These professionals provide services to management such as analyzing the operations in order to propose, plan and implement improvements or advertising plans, for example.
  • Psychologists: Psychologists assess and diagnose behavioural, emotional and cognitive disorders, counsel clients, and provide therapy relating to behaviour and mental processes.
  • Social Workers: Social workers provide counselling and therapy to help individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning.

Click here to visit Occupation Profiles for the other 18 qualifying occupations listed by NOC code.

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