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Posted on September 14 2020

Tech workers continue to dominate Express Entry ITAs

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023

In keeping with the trend in the past few years, Express Entry candidates in tech and IT occupations were issued huge numbers of invitations to apply for permanent residency in 2019-2020. The maximum nuber of invitations under the tech worker category went to software engineers and designers.

The list of professions under the tech worker category which acquired the maximum number of tech invitations included:

  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Computer programmers
  • Interactive media developers

Nearly 15,000 candidates in these three occupations alone were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2019, nearly the same total number invited in 2018 for these occupations.

Most common occupations among Express Entry invitations

Occupation NOC 2019 invitations 2018-2019 difference 2019 % of total
Software engineers and designers 2173 6,529 403 7.70%
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171 4,645 -784 5.40%
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174 3,819 369 4.50%
Financial auditors and accountants 1111 2,607 124 3.10%
Administrative assistants 1241 2,407 72 2.80%
Professional occupations in business management consulting 1122 1,838 -77 2.20%
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123 1,808 -241 2.10%
Administrative officers 1221 1,694 238 2%
University professors and lecturers 4011 1,684 -258 2%
Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 124 1,588 -187 1.90%
Financial and investment analysts 1112 1,549 -372 1.80%
Foodservice supervisors 1122 1,544 109 1.80%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 1311 1,484 288 1.70%
Mechanical engineers 2132 1,416 142 1.70%
Database analysts and data administrators 2172 1,312 274 1.50%

Canada’s PNP programs are inviting tech workers

Canada has recognized the need to have skilled IT workers and is using its Express Entry aligned provincial nominee programs to invite software and IT workers to Canada to provinces that have a high demand for tech workers. This has significantly increased the number of invitations issued to tech workers from Canada.

Here are details of the number of invitations issued to tech workers under two popular provincial tech pilot programs in 2020 till date.

British Columbia Tech Pilot program

Date of draw Number of invitations issued
July 7, 2020 57
July 21, 2020 62
July 28,2020 34
August 11, 2020 52
August 25,2020 72
Total number 277

 Ontario Tech Pilot program

Date of draw Notifications of interest (NOIs) issued
January 15, 2020 954
May 13, 2020 703
July 29, 2020 1288
Total 2945

Need for tech workers

Canada is keen to address more tech workers in the country. According to a report published last year by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Canada needs more software and IT workers in the Information Technology (IT) sector in 2020. Canada’s Express Entry immigration system has helped to address this labor shortage.

Tech occupations ranked among the top three occupations by the number of candidates invited to apply. Information technology experts and consultants, as well as computer programmers and digital media developers, were the top three positions invited under this category.

Almost 15,000 applicants in those three fields were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in 2019.

Technology professionals and engineers are the two foremost in-demand fields in Canada, and they come under NOC 21.

Important occupations under the NOC include software developers, computer programmers, web designers, computer engineers, chemical engineers.

Tech workers also come under NOC 22 which includes computer network technicians, user support technicians, information systems testing technicians, and technologists and technicians in engineering fields. 

Canada as a tech superpower

Canada is using its immigration policy to invite more tech workers and progressing towards becoming a tech superpower. Owing to the many pathways for PR visa available to tech workers, many highly skilled tech workers, start-ups and established corporations are now considering Canada.



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