On May 31, 2023, the Government of Canada launched a category-based selection for Express Entry, allowing IRCC to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language ability. This year, invitations will focus on candidates with strong French language proficiency or experience in healthcare, STEM professions, trades, transport, agriculture, and agri-food. Category-based selection supports Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled workers into communities nationwide. In June 2022, Canada changed the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to select immigrants based on key economic attributes, such as work experience and French knowledge.