Employers of instructors of persons with disabilities are likely going to find it harder to recruit those workers for Canada jobs over the coming nine years and increasingly recruit qualified foreign nationals hoping to gain their permanent residence in Canada through occupation-targeted Express Entry system draws.

Earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Canada’s Express Entry system would begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including instructors of persons with disabilities.

That gave foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Canada a new pathway to immigration as the flagship Express Entry selection system had previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.

Instructors of persons with disabilities in other countries can expect to be increasingly wooed by Canadian employers as the demand for their services shoots up in the coming years.

The Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) website projects that demand for instructors of persons with disabilities is going to spike.

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“Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are substantially higher than projected job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2022 – 2031 period,” notes the COPS website.

“Approximately 40 per cent of job openings are projected to arise from each of expansion demand and retirements.”

In the years leading  up to 2031, the COPS website projects a shortfall of 400 instructors of persons with disabilities in Canada.

“Over the period 2022 – 2031, the number of job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand for Instructors of persons with disabilities are expected to total 2,000, while the number of job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility is expected to total 1,600,” notes the website

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Candidates hoping to immigrate through Express Entry 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.

Instructors of persons of persons with disabilities, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 42203, offer a wide variety of services, depending on their specialty, and may hold other job titles such as:

  • braille instructor
  • instructor of persons with a mobility impairment
  • instructor of persons who are deaf
  • instructor of persons who are hard of hearing
  • instructor of persons with a learning disability
  • instructor of persons with a visual impairment
  • instructor of persons with special needs
  • lip-reading instructor
  • orientation and mobility instructor
  • sign language instructor
  • teacher for persons with intellectual disabilities

Ontario, Saskatchewan Offer Best Prospects For Instructors Of Persons With Disabilities

The Jobbank federal job-hunting and career-planning website gives a ranking of good for the job prospects of instructors of persons with disabilities in Ontario and Saskatchewan over the next three years.

In Canada, the median hourly wage for instructors of persons with disabilities is $27.47 but that varies from a low of $18 right up to $41.35 reveals Jobbank.

Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means instructors of persons with disabilities can expect to earn up to $80,632 year in Canada.

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Under the changes announced 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.”


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.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) says the number of occupations facing shortages doubled between 2019 and 2021. From 2018 to 2022, federal high skilled admissions accounted for between 34 and 40 per cent of overall French-speaking admissions outside Quebec, which manages its own immigration intake.

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