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Candidates who worked with food or computers topped the invitation list for permanent resident status under Canada’s Express Entry system for the last two years.

New federal statistics show that cooks, restaurant supervisors, information analysts, software engineers and computer programmers were the top five occupations of people selected from the Express Entry pool in both 2015 and 2016.

Express Entry is the main program used to attract so-called “economic” immigrants: permanent residents who are not refugees nor sponsored by a family member. Express Entry is a two-step process. First you qualify under one of three federal programs (Skilled Worker, Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience). Once you qualify and are in the Express Entry pool, you are ranked on factors like work experience, language skills, education and nomination from a province. Candidates with the highest points are invited to apply for permanent resident status.

The rankings are unlikely to hold for 2017 because of changes brought in late in 2016 that reduce the value of a job offer within Canada. To understand more about how jobs and work experience relate to permanent resident status, visit our Jobs page.

2015 2016
Job Title NOC PR Invitations % of total NOC PR Invitations % of total
Food Service Supervisors NOC 6311 2,356 8% Information Systems Analysts NOC 2171 1,792 6%
Cooks NOC 6322 2,295 8% Software Engineers NOC 2173 1,332 4%
Information Systems Analysts NOC 2171 1,255 4% Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers NOC 2174 1,254 4%
Software Engineers NOC 2173 940 3% Cooks NOC 6322 1,234 4%
Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers NOC 2174 935 3% Food Service Supervisors NOC 6311 999 3%
University Professors and Lecturers NOC 4011 745 3% University Professors and Lecturers NOC 4011 797 3%
Retail Sales Supervisors NOC 6211 669 2% Graphic Designers and Illustrators NOC 5241 671 2%
Graphic Designers and Illustrators NOC 5241 550 2% Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations NOC 1123 618 2%
Financial Auditors and Accountants NOC 1111 494 2% Financial Auditors and Accountants NOC 1111 595 2%
Financial and Investment Analysts NOC 1112 446 2% Retail Sales Supervisors NOC 6211 584 2%
Total top 10 occupations 10,685 38 Total top 10 occupations 9,876 31%
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