Category-based Express Entry draws ; List of eligible Occupations.



After the introduction of Category-based Express Entry draws, some candidates preferred more over others for Permanent residency. Based on their occupation rather than their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

This new immigration policy has opened countless new possibilities for everyone who didn’t have them before. 

This may raise a new question. What about all the professions that are not targeted, with category-based Express Entry draws? This question can be answered by the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Even though previously the PNP was left behind Express Entry, today it’s Canada’s number one pathway for economic immigration into the country —held by every province except for Nunavut and Quebec.

PNPs had this targeted draw model long before Category-based Express Entry. Choosing a candidate who is eligible according to each province’s demographic and economic needs is the main motive behind this category-based draw.

Most PNPs have a list of targeted occupations that are in high demand in their respective provinces.

Below, we have listed some of the in-demand jobs by province, which are targeted through each province’s PNP—with relevant resources. Remember that each PNP has its basic eligibility criteria, which are necessary in addition to having full-time work experience in a targeted or in-demand profession.

For those who want to see if any job titles match their own, you can search each job title on the National Occupation Code (NOC) to determine job responsibilities and if it is fit your current role. NOCs are assigned to each job and are the Canadian government’s way of categorizing jobs in the country.




The AAIP (Alberta PNP) doesn’t have a formal list targeting specific occupations. Still, the province has posted a list of occupations that are currently in high demand. This list also shows the number of people currently employed in each role and includes occupations such as:


Besides, Alberta has also posted a list of ineligible occupations, which means that the individuals who work in these jobs are ineligible for PNP immigration. The province also holds targeted draws for agriculture workers and healthcare workers, under the Priority Sectors and Dedicated Healthcare pathway and Farm streams respectively.


British Columbia


The BCPNP (British Columbia PNP) has divided its targeted occupations into four different categories:





The MPNP (Manitoba PNP)—the oldest PNP in Canada—organizes its targeted occupations into 10 different categories:


New Brunswick


The NBPNP (New Brunswick PNP) doesn’t have a formal list targeting specific occupations, but the province does provide information about the sectors with the highest job vacancies*; You can filter the search results by specific regions in New Brunswick. In July 2023, these sectors are:


*These reports are updated every month, with in-demand sectors likely to see some change from month to month. These updated reports can be accessed here.


Newfoundland and Labrador


The NLPNP (Newfoundland and Labrador PNP) categorizes its in-demand occupations under four broad categories:


Northwest Territories


The NTPNP (Northwest Territories PNP) doesn’t have a formal list targeting specific occupations, just like some other PNPs—Still, the province has posted a forecast of top in-demand jobs for the next 15 years (starting in 2019). Instead of classifying these roles by category, the NTPNP grouped occupations by required education or experience level and listed the five job roles that will have the most job vacancies from now till 2034. These include:


Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia’s PNP—The NSNP (Nova Scotia Nominee Program) has a small formal list of targeted occupations, including several sectors. These targeted occupations are all within experience, training, responsibilities, and education (TEER) levels 3, 4, and 5. TEER codes span from 0-5, with roles at the 0 levels being responsibility intensive and needing the most education and experience of all jobs classified; roles at the 5 level requiring the minimum education and experience.

The targeted occupations in Nova Scotia were:




The OINP (Ontario PNP) uses the OINP Employer Job Offer stream to invite individuals who have both a job offer by an employer and have skills in an in-demand position. Importantly the stream also has several other stipulations, such as work experiencemedian wagelanguage ability, and more.

In addition, in-demand jobs come in two forms: in-demand positions outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and in-demand jobs for positions anywhere in Ontario.

Here are some positions in demand anywhere in Ontario:


Here are some positions in demand outside of the GTA:


Prince Edward Island


PEIPNP (Prince Edward Island’s PNP) is targeting the following in-demand occupations:




Saskatchewan’s PNP (SINP) doesn’t have a targeted occupation list, instead choosing target occupations in TEER levels 0, 1, 2, and 3. Other than those on the list of excluded occupations. Professions on

This list is ineligible to apply to the SINP through the Category-based Express Entry and Occupations in Demand Streams.



Just like some other provinces, YNP (Yukon’s PNP) does not have a formal list of eligible occupations, instead using two streams—The Skilled Worker and Critical Impact Worker streams—to target occupations in TEER levels 0, 1, 2, and 3 and TEER levels 4 and 5 respectively. Employers and employees (with a job offer from Yukon) must apply to the program.


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