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How To Immigrate To Canada As A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Or Acupuncturist

By cvf, 07/25/2023

Acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine are forecast to be in great demand across Canada for the next nine years.

The Job Bank federal Canada jobs and career-planning website estimated there will be a shortfall of 7,700 qualified applicants to fill jobs during that time period.

Job Bank gives its highest rating of “very good” to the job prospects over the next three years of acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan and ranks their job prospects as “good” in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

The federal websites does not have a ranking for the job prospects of acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine for the other Canadian provinces and territories.

Lumping acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in with other practitioners of natural healing, including massage therapists, Job Bank notes there will be thousands of those jobs going begging from now through to 2031 for a want of qualified people to fill those positions.

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“For practitioners of natural healing, massage therapists and other technical occupations in therapy and assessment, over the period 2022-2031, new job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand are expected to total 36,000, while 28,300 new job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility are expected to be available to fill them,” states Job Bank.

“Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are expected to be substantially higher to job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2022-2031 period.”

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With Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announcing earlier this year that Canada’s Express Entry system will begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine – foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Canada are now looking at a new opportunity to get their permanent residence here.

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

British Columbia Has The Most Jobs For Acupuncturists In Canada

Candidates 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 work permits or as an international student with a student visa. 

The opportunities are there. 

There were already 229 job listings for acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 32200, posted on the Indeed.ca job-hunting website in July, some of them from employers hoping to hire more than one employee.

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Most of the jobs for acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine listed in July on Job Bank, 41 per cent, were in British Columbia.

In Canada, the median hourly wage for acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine is $29.67 but that varies from a low of $22 right up to $55, reveals Job Bank. 

Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine could expect to earn a top median annual income of $107,250.

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) will now be more responsive to labour market needs.

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

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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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