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Work Permits Prioritized in Trucking, Agricultural as well as Healthcare Occupations

Posted on 22/09/2020

Did you know that when it comes to work permits, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is prioritizing key occupations in the trucking, agricultural, and agri-food industries? These are considered to provide essential services – along with health care workers – necessary and critical for Canada’s economy and as well to manage the COVID pandemic.

In other words, if you are applying to work in Canada in one of the following NOC (National Occupational Classification) jobs, you will face speedier processing and are possibly more likely to have your work permit approved.

Prioritized Occupations – not including healthcare (see below)

NOC CodeOccupation
6331Butchers, Meat Cutters, Fishmongers (wholesale & retail)
7511Transport Truck Drivers
8252Agricultural Service Contractors, Farm Supervisors, Specialized Livestock Workers
8431General Farm Workers
8432Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
8611Harvesting Labourers
9463Fish and Seafood Plant Workers
9617Labourers – Food, Beverage, & Associated Products Processing
9618Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing
9462Industrial Butchers & Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, & Related Workers


For healthcare workers, IRCC and ESDC are assuming that most arriving in Canada will be staying for short-term work assignments related to the COVID health emergency and therefore will have been granted work permit exemptions.

However, licensed healthcare professionals who are applying for a work permit should note that:

  • You will have to apply for your work permit from abroad and wait for approval of your work permit before travelling to Canada.
  • If you are travelling by air to Canada from anywhere that is not the USA, you will have to have:
  • Your work permit OR
  • If you have not received your work permit, a Letter of Introduction to present to your air carrier before being allowed to board your flight.

The following healthcare occupations are being prioritized by ESDC and IRCC:

NOC CodeOccupation
3011Nursing co-ordinators & Supervisors
3012Registered Nurses & Registered Psychiatric Nurses
3111Specialist Physicians
3112General Practitioners & Family Physicians
3124Allied Primary Health Practitioners
3125Other Occupations in Health Diagnosing & Treating
3211Medical Laboratory Technologists
3212Medical Laboratory Technicians & Pathologists Assistants
3214Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists, and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
3215Medical Radiation Technologists
3217Cardiology Technologists & Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists
3233Licensed Practical Nurses
3234Paramedical Occupations
3413Nurse aides, Orderlies & Patient Services Associates
4411Home Child Care Providers (LMIA-required in-Canada applicants)
4412Home Support Workers excluding housekeepers (LMIA-required in-Canada applicants)


Please note that the final two occupations – Home Child Care Providers & Home Support Workers – require LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) for in-Canada applicants.

Posted in News Tips and tagged COVID-19, Work Permit

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