Canada has a demand for kinesiologists and other professional Canada jobs in therapy and assessment, providing opportunities for foreign nationals to gain their permanent residence under occupation-targeted Express Entry draws.

In the Canadian territories, Ottawa announced only last month it will be investing $380 million more over the coming decade in the Yukon’s healthcare system as well as another $361 million for healthcare in the Northwest Territories during the same time period.

Those healthcare investments come in the wake of an announcement in May by Canadian immigration that it would start inviting foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada under occupation-targeted Express Entry draws for 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer.

That includes kinesiologist and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 31204.

The flagship Express Entry selection system had previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.

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Under those changes announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at the end of May, the Express Entry streams, including the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are now more responsive to labour market needs.

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said then-Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed.  We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities.”

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Candidates applying through these occupation-targeted draws will need at least six months of continuous work experience in Canada or abroad within the past three years in one of these occupations to be eligible, experience that can have been gained while working in Canada as temporary foreign workers with a work permits or as an international student with a student visa.

In Canada, the demand for kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment is strong, with the job-hunting website listing 434 such opportunities in early August.

Kinesiologists In Canada Can Earn Up To $85,722

The median hourly wage for kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment in Canada is $25 but that varies from a low of $18 right up to $43.96, reveals Jobbank.

Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means these workers could expect to earn a top median annual income of $85,722.

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Canada first signalled its intention to start occupation-specific draws through Express Entry in June last year, when changes were made to the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act to allow invitations based on occupations and other attributes, such as language ability.

The majority of Canada’s provinces have been issuing occupation-specific invitations for several years.


Under the changes to the act, the immigration minister is required to consult provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners, before announcing new categories.

IRCC must also report to parliament each year on the categories that were chosen and the reason for the choices.

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