Healthcare authorities recruited overseas to address a severe labour shortage last year, resulting in increased immigration from internationally-trained nurses, orderlies, and other healthcare workers. According to the latest data, 2,595 new permanent residents came to fill healthcare openings through the Express Entry system last year, up 28.1% from 2,025 the previous year. Last year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made nurse aides and orderlies eligible for the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, as demand was very high for these highly-skilled workers.