IRCC announces first Express Entry invitations for skilled newcomers with STEM experience

Julia Hornstein
Published: June 28, 2023

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced the first STEM round for category-based selection will open the week of July 5th.

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The draw will prioritize sending invitations to candidates with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) expertise, which includes data scientists, software developers and programmers, mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries, and electrical and electronic engineers.

Through this initiative, Canada hopes to meet the growing demand for STEM talent and fill key positions that contribute to the nation's economic growth and technological advancement.

This announcement is a milestone in Canada's commitment to attracting top global talent and solidifying Canada's position as a leader in research, development and innovation. The announcement is also in line with the Canadian government's effort to retain and recruit top candidates to address STEM workforce labour challenges, building on the recent launch of the Tech Talent Attraction Strategy.

Last month, the Honourable Minister Fraser announced the new Express Entry category based selection. Category based selections will help address labour needs that support an identified economic goal and will also strengthen Francophone immigration by inviting candidates that have specific work experience or French language ability 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.” said the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Category based selection rounds will continue throughout the year alongside the general invitation rounds, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

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