The Canadian government is allowing foreign workers in 16 new occupations to apply for permanent residence to help address labour shortages in the country. The new categories, which include healthcare workers, construction and transportation employees, build on existing efforts to bring in global talent in high-demand sectors. The new occupations eligible for permanent residence under the Express Entry program include healthcare assistants, teacher assistants, truck and bus drivers, and aircraft assemblers. These changes will help Canadian industries facing acute labour shortages and support the country's economy. Canada has raised its immigration targets, with a goal of welcoming 1.45 million new immigrants over the next three years, including 848,595 skilled workers under economic streams. Immigration accounts for almost all of Canada's labor force growth and approximately 75% of its population growth.