In January 2015, Express Entry will fundamentally change Canada's economic immigration system, giving employers a role in selecting immigrants to meet labour market needs.

If you are unable to find a qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident for a particular job, Express Entry will help you find a skilled foreign national to fill available positions.

Express Entry will create a pool of candidates interested in coming to Canada. Candidates will only be able to submit an application for permanent residence if they have been invited to apply. This will eliminate lengthy backlogs and speed up processing times. Under Express Entry most applications for permanent residence will be processed within six months or less.

If you offer a foreign national a job in a managerial, professional or technical occupation[1], they will be awarded enough bonus points in the Express Entry system to be invited to apply for permanent residence. They must still meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs that fall under Express Entry (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class) as well as standard requirements to be admissible to Canada.

Note that provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.

There are 3 ways you can recruit through Express Entry

1. Your current hiring practices
Keep using the hiring and recruitment tools that have worked for you in the past. If you find someone suitable, they will have to create an online Express Entry profile and meet program criteria. They will need to indicate in their profile that they already have a permanent job offer. In most cases, a Labour Market Impact Assessment will be required.

2. Job Bank
A number of changes are being made to Job Bank over the next several months that will help match qualified candidates in the Express Entry pool. Initially, qualified Express Entry candidates will be able to see jobs ads, once you have advertised for 28 days to allow Canadians or permanent residents to apply. Qualified foreign candidates in the Express Entry pool will be able to respond to your job ad. Then, later in 2015, further modifications to Job Bank will automatically send profiles of matching candidates to employers, so employers can proactively reach out to them.

3. Working with your province or territory
Provinces and territories have access to the Express Entry pool and can select candidates through their Provincial Nominee Programs. You may be able to work with your province or territory to bring in workers with certain skills. In fact many provinces and territories have employer-sponsored streams of their Provincial Nominee Programs. Contact your province or territory to learn more.

We look forward to providing you with more updates on how Express Entry will work for you.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada