Ever since its inception – sometime between May and June – Citizenship and Immigration Canada publishes the list of trades and professions that will be prioritized for processing as permanent residents.  This year, Canada’s 2014 Eligible Occupations List (EOL) is a mix of old and new:

  1. Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013)
  2. Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
  3. Financial managers (0111)
  4. Human resources managers (0112)
  5. Purchasing managers (0113)
  6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  7. Managers in health care (0311)
  8. Construction managers (0711)
  9. Home building and renovation managers (0712)
  10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  11. Manufacturing managers (0911)
  12. Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
  13. Financial and investment analysts (1112)
  14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
  15. Other financial officers (1114)
  16. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
  17. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
  18. Property administrators (1224)
  19. Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  20. Civil engineers (2131)
  21. Mechanical engineers (2132)
  22. Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
  23. Petroleum engineers (2145)
  24. Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  25. Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  26. Software engineers and designers (2173)
  27. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  28. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
  29. Construction estimators (2234)
  30. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
  31. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
  32. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
  33. Computer network technicians (2281)
  34. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
  35. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  36. Specialist physicians (3111)
  37. General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
  38. Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
  39. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
  40. Physiotherapists (3142)
  41. Occupational therapists (3143)
  42. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  43. Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  44. Medical sonographers (3216)
  45. Licensed practical nurses (3233)
  46. Paramedical occupations (3234)
  47. University professors and lecturers (4011)
  48. Psychologists (4151)
  49. Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
  50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

Trades and professions get de-listed then returned. For example, Financial Managers, Computer and Information System Managers, Managers in Health Care, Head Nurses and Supervisors (even  RNs and LPNs ); University Professors, Steamfitters, and Sprinkler System Installers among others were on Canada’s 2008 Priority Occupations List (POL)

Two years later, only RNs remained from the 2008 POL. The year after, the even the RN profession was taken off the POL.  If you review the 2014 EOL, RNs, Financial Managers and University Professors have returned giving hope to thousands around the world.

January 2015 however ushers in an entirely new ballgame with new rules for the Federal Skilled Worker program. So what occupations are likely to be on the new list for 2015 and beyond?

Canada’s oil and gas and manufacturing industries provide a glimpse.  In a recent report published by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) professionals and skilled workers in this industry could expect inclusion in Canada’s POL or EOL – however they want to name it.

Canada’s Employment and Social Development Ministry announced on April 12 that “internationally-trained engineers, technicians and technologists are among the 14 target occupations under the national Foreign Credential Recognition framework.”

The Government of Canada is partnering with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to help internationally trained engineers, technicians and technologists obtain jobs in their fields faster by connecting with Canadian employers facing labour shortages in manufacturing.  CME will also work with internationally trained workers to find alternate careers that match their skills set.

Most of the 38 occupations mentioned in the joint study of the Canadian government and oil and gas industry are skilled workers – not managers or supervisors.  Cited in the study are the following occupations:

And while it is still too early to tell for sure what will be included, it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared by ensuring that your academic and professional credentials are updated and that you are doing your level best to improve your English language skills.

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