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In-Demand Occupations for IRCC’s Targeted Draws in 2023

Canada is one of the top destinations for immigrants from all over the world, and the country is known for its welcoming immigration policies. One of the ways that the Canadian government attracts skilled workers is through targeted draws that prioritize in-demand occupations. In 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to hold targeted draws for certain occupations, in order to fill gaps in the labor market and support economic growth.

What are Targeted Draws in the Canadian Immigration System?

Targeted draws are a specific type of draw under the Express Entry program, which is a system that manages applications for permanent residency for skilled workers in Canada. These draws aim to target specific occupations that are in high demand and invite eligible candidates to apply for permanent residency.

In-Demand Occupations for IRCC’s Targeted Draws in 2023

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has identified several in-demand occupations that will be targeted in 2023. These occupations are crucial to meet the needs of the Canadian labor market and promote the country's economic growth. The occupations targeted in the upcoming year include:

  1. Healthcare Professionals: The demand for healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers continues to grow, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Tech Workers: The tech industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in Canada and requires a significant number of skilled workers in software engineering, programming, IT management, and other related fields.

  3. Trade Workers: Skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters are crucial to the Canadian economy. Canada relies on immigration to fill these labor market gaps, and as such, trade workers will be targeted in 2023.

  4. Hospitality and Tourism Workers: While the hospitality and tourism industry has been adversely affected by the pandemic, the demand for workers in this field is expected to increase as travel restrictions ease. Hotel managers, chefs, and other hospitality workers will be targeted in 2023.

  5. Financial Professionals: The financial sector is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, and the demand for financial professionals such as accountants and financial analysts is expected to rise. These workers will be targeted in 2023.

Qualifying for Targeted Draws

To qualify for targeted draws, candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for the Express Entry program and specific requirements for the targeted occupation. These requirements may include education, work experience, language proficiency, and other factors. The candidate's score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) also plays a crucial role in determining their eligibility for the targeted draw.


If you are a skilled worker in one of the targeted occupations, applying for permanent residency through targeted draws can be a great opportunity to immigrate to Canada. Make sure to stay informed about the latest updates and requirements, and work with a licensed immigration consultant or lawyer to ensure that your application is complete and meets all the necessary criteria.

For more information on Canadian immigration policies and programs, visit Immigration Station. Our team of experts can provide you with guidance and support throughout the immigration process.

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