Express Entry (EE) is one of the most popular and fastest ways to get a permanent residency(PR) in Canada. The program allows skilled immigrants to live and work in Canada.
What is Express Entry System?
Express Entry is an electronic online system and process of obtaining PR in Canada. It is a system that is used to manage skilled worker applicants who want to get a PR in Canada. EE is not an immigration program in and of itself. However, this system manages applications submitted through different immigration programs.
What are Different Programs Under Express Entry System?
The EE system applies to one of these Canadian economic immigration programs:
- the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) – Click here to know more about FSWP
- the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – Click here to know more about CEC
- the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) – Click here to know more about FSTP
- a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – Click here to know more about PNP
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What is an Express Entry Profile?
Applicants have to make an expression of interest (EOI) in coming to Canada by creating an online Express Entry profile. You need to provide information about your skills, work experience, language ability, education, etc.
Also, you have to provide some personal information in this profile. Moreover, this profile is self-declared. So, any information you provide is based on your assessment.
Is Language Test Mandatory under EE?
You have to take an English/French language proficiency test to be eligible under EE. The common tests for English are IELTS and CELPIP. TEF is common for French language. Also, you can take both English and French language tests to improve your score. Most language tests results are valid only for two years.
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): CLB/NCLC level 7.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC): CLB/NCLC level 7 for NOC O and A. CLB/NCLC 5 level for NOC B.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): CLB/NCLC level 5 in speaking and listening + CLB/NCLC level 4 in reading and writing.
What is Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?
CRS is the government’s internal mechanism for ranking candidates. It is based on the human capital, determined by factors like age, level of education and language ability. Under this system there are points allotted to applicants based on these factors. These points are your CRS score, that determine if you get an invitation to apply or not.
How much funds are required?
There are no funds required if you are applying under Candian Experience Class. However, proof of funds are required for Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Trades Program as mentioned below. Learn here how to calculate proof of funds.
(in Canadian dollars)
|For each additional family member||$3,586|
Express Entry Proof of Funds
What is a National Occupational Classification Code (NOC)?
Canada has broken down all possible occupations into a large database of codes called NOC codes. These codes help to organize and understand occupations in Canada. Express Entry targets skilled workers.
So, NOC codes are used to determine the skill level of a candidate’s work experience. Only work experience at NOC Skill Levels 0, A, and B, qualifies as skilled work.
How Long is the EE Profile Valid for?
Express entry profiles are valid for 12 month or until you receive an ITA. After 12 months, you can create a new profile. Also, once you receive an ITA your profile gets locked. As long as your profile is active you can edit the information.
What is the Processing Time for Express Entry Application?
Once you enter an EE pool, you have to wait to get an ITA. After you receive an ITA, you have to submit the documents. These are those for which you claimed points in the EE profile.
The processing of your application starts only after complete documents are submitted. Also, you have to pay the fees. The ideal time to process applications is usually six months. However, depending upon your profile and processing office this period may vary.
What Is The Current Processing Time for programs under Express Entry?
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC): 13 months
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP): 26 months
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): 47 months
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via express entry: 18 months
- STEM Targeted Express Entry Draw Sent 5,900 PR Invites | Dec 8
As we expected, IRCC finally conducted the second STEM-targeted Express Entry draw, sending out 5,900 invitations to apply for permanent residency (PR).
Below are the details of the STEM Express Entry draw today:
- Category: STEM occupations
- Number of invitations issued: 5,900
- Rank required to be invited to apply: 5,900 or above
- Date and time of round: December 8, 2023, at 03:02:52 UTC
- CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 481
- Tie-breaking rule: November 25, 2023, at 09:48:36 UTC
IRCC has now sent out 11,650 invitations to apply for permanent residency in three Express Entry rounds of invitations this week.
Below are the other two Express Entry draws held this week:
Description December 7 December 6 Draw type French focused General or all program draws Invitations 1,000 4,750 CRS Cutoff 470 561 Tie-breaking rule October 3, 2023, at 04:45:27 UTC November 8, 2023, at 06:00:13 UTC Express Entry draws December 2023
Full list of 24 STEM occupations eligible for Express Entry draw today
NOC Code Occupation 20010 Engineering managers 20011 Architecture and science managers 20012 Computer and information systems managers 21200 Architects 21201 Landscape Architects 21202 Urban and land use planners 21203 Land surveyors 21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries 21211 Data scientists 21220 Cybersecurity specialists 21221 Business systems specialists 21222 Information systems specialists 21223 Database analysts and data administrators 21230 Computer systems developers and programmers 21231 Software engineers and designers 21232 Software developers and programmers 21233 Web designers 21234 Web developers and programmers 21300 Civil Engineers 21310 Electrical and electronics engineers 21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 21321 Industrial and manufacturing engineers 21322 Metallurgical and materials engineers 41400 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers Occupations eligible for STEM-targeted draws
CRS Score Distribution in the Pool
CRS score range
Number of candidates 601-1200 4,525 501-600 5,457 451-500 60,014 491-500 6,634 481-490 10,335 471-480 17,312 461-470 14,165 451-460 11,568 401-450 53,502 441-450 10,885 431-440 11,111 421-430 9,973 411-420 10,608 401-410 10,925 351-400 58,457 301-350 30,148 0-300 5,267 Total 217,370 CRS Score distribution in the pool
- Evolution of Express Entry Draws in 2023 and Your Odds
The Express Entry draws in 2023 have been a roller-coaster ride for Canada permanent residency aspirants, witnessing first-ever introduced changes and rising cutoff scores.
Category-based Express Entry draws became reality on June 28, 2023, with the first round of invitations focusing on healthcare occupations.
Furthermore, the recent pause on draws since October 26. The problem with the pause in Express Entry draws is that the chances of an invitation to apply go even further away from the grasp of skilled immigrants inside and outside Canada with high hopes.
The Express Entry has now shifted to even more highly skilled individuals with a stronger than ever profile in education, work experience, and high language proficiency.
In this in-depth article, we delve into the complexities of Express Entry draws in 2023, exploring patterns, changes, and the influence on the dreams of individuals looking to make a new life in Canada.
Evolution of Express Entry Draws in 2023
As we enter the last month of 2023, Express Entry draws continue to be competitive and unpredictable for selecting candidates.
Several factors contribute to the changing landscape of draws, influencing the frequency, size, and the required minimum CRS score for an ITA.
Rising CRS Cutoff Score
The CRS cutoff score in no program-specified draws is making ‘higher highs’ and ‘higher lows’.
Once the CRS cutoff score drops into the territory of 500 due to predominantly skipping draws, the cutoff score jumps significantly.
In 2023, we saw the highest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoff score of 531 in a ‘no program specified’ draw ever witnessed in Express Entry history.
IRCC has not held any draws since October 26; chances are higher that we can see a cutoff score beyond 540 for all program draws.
Applicants in the pool with experience in agriculture, agri-food, and skilled trade occupations got invitations with a CRS score less than 390.
Similarly, STEM, healthcare, and francophile rounds of invitations recorded a low CRS cutoff in comparison to ‘no program specified’ draws.
Highest Number of Invitations in No Program-Specified Draws
IRCC has issued 95,221 invitations to apply (ITAs) so far in 2023.
38,925 invitations to apply have been issued since the introduction of targeted draws in the last week of June and out of them, around 55% are issued in non-program-specified draws.
Almost half of the invitations have been attributed to category-based selections, which is the clear reason for the rise in the CRS cutoff score in ‘no program specified’ draws.
Draw Type Invitations CRS Cutoff Score No program-specified draws 22,025 481-531 Francophone invitations 7,700 375-486 Healthcare invitations 5,600 431-476 Trade invitations 1,500 388 Transport invitations 1,000 435 Agriculture and agri-food invitations 600 354 STEM invitations 500 486 Total 38,925 Invitations and CRS score distribution since introduction of category-based draws
Always remember that the above targeted selection criteria were chosen in 2023 and will again be reviewed in 2024. So, there could be the addition or deletion of occupations or sectors.
Express Entry Glitches
Technical glitches continue to haunt the Express Entry system, creating uncertainty for most applicants in the pool with the absence of draws throughout November 2023.
With this absence, expectations are high that the 531 CRS cutoff record will now be breached in any of the upcoming ‘no program specified’ rounds of invitations.
Express Entry glitches are not new and their occurrence in November could be a coincidence from last year and this year.
Last year, the IRCC adapted the new 2021 national occupation classification (NOC) system and as a result, there was a technical glitch causing a pause on Express Entry draws.
This year again, there was a pause, comparatively longer in November, because of a technical glitch affecting the profile builder.
The Impact on Prospective Immigrants
The developing landscape of draws in 2023 provides both opportunities and considerations for persons navigating the Express Entry system.
Understanding the important patterns might assist potential immigrants’ strategies as they prepare and optimize their profiles.
Building an Express Entry profile is free, and if you are eligible for one of the programs, do make your profile.
However, candidates in the pool with a CRS score below 490 and not qualifying for any category of Express Entry draws need to work on increasing their score in one way or another to ensure their selection.
Below is what we are suggesting for candidates in the pool based on their CRS score:
CRS Score Range Strategy 530+ Wait for next draws 500-530 Maintain your profile and watch out for PNPs or any opportunity to boost your CRS score <500 Work on increasing your CRS score to 500+ or work on:
1. qualifying for one of the category-based draws
2. exploring provincial nominee programs (PNPs) to get nominations
3. getting certificate of qualification
4. getting job offer from Canadian employer
Suggestions for category-based draws
Express Entry Category Odds STEM Expectations are high for STEM-targeted draws, but CRS cutoff score could also be high in the 470–490 range, depending on the size of draw Healthcare Draws after regular interval are expected, but CRS cutoff score may rise as compared to previous healthcare draw French This is our second-best category and if your CRS score is 400 or even less, then you still have odds of receiving a provincial nomination Transport Less frequent draws are expected given the less occupations qualifying for transport draws Skilled Trades Best category of all, with a CRS cutoff score expected to be lower than other categories and high chances of receiving a provincial nomination. Agriculture and Agri-food Less frequent draws are expected
The journey for prospective immigrants is characterized by optimism, strategic planning, and adaptability as Express Entry draws continue to shape the immigration landscape in Canada.
From a Canadian government standpoint, Express Entry is now proving to welcome newcomers, scoring even more on skills and experience, but retaining such highly skilled immigrants continues to be challenging.
For those aspiring to make Canada their home, the dynamic nature of the draws emphasizes the importance of being proactive, strategic, and well-informed.
What is Express Entry?The Canadian government uses Express Entry, an online system, to manage applications for permanent residence under specific economic immigration programs.
The system operates on a regular basis, with candidates in the Express Entry pool receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) depending on their CRS scores.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a point-based system that assesses candidates based on a variety of variables, such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability.
During Express Entry drawings, the highest-ranking candidates obtain ITAs, allowing them to apply for permanent residency.
Click here for more details on the Express Entry system.
- Why There Is No Express Entry Draw
There has been no Express Entry draw this week so far, while we are all expecting a round of invitations since the last one was on October 26, 2023.
The usual frequency of Express Entry draws is every two weeks. However, IRCC has skipped biweekly draws in the past too, so it is not new.
In this article, we pin-point two possible reasons for the ‘no Express Entry draw‘ announced this week.
2 Possible reasons for no express entry draw
Express Entry System Glitch
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has added a new address field of ZIP/PIN/postal code to profiles in the Express Entry profiles for primary applicants.
This new field is also added to the dependent family member’s section if you have a spouse or dependent added as a family member.
This has resulted in Express Entry profiles being struck as “in progress” for these sections.
Users have also reported that the system is not updating even after they updated the new address fields. The IRCC is currently working on resolving this glitch.
So this could be the major reason why IRCC has not held any Express Entry draws this week.
As per the latest official IRCC update of November 29, the issue regarding the Express Entry profile builder still persists.
Some applicants have been unable to submit their Express Entry applications due to technical problems with the online form. This is affecting applicants with dependent children who are over the age of 18 and reside in Canada. We’ve contacted all affected applicants directly and…— IRCC (@CitImmCanada) November 29, 2023
As a result, IRCC has sent an email to all the affected candidates who received an invitation to apply on September 26th, September 27th, and September 28th giving them more time to submit the application.
- 11/26/2023 expiry changed to 01/26/2024
- 11/27/2023 expiry changed to 01/27/2024
- 11/28/2023 expiry changed to 01/28/2024
As per the official IRCC email, there is no date yet for a fix, but the department is working urgently to fix the issue.
Previously, on November 16, IRCC said the technical glitch with the Express Entry builder is now resolved.
🇨🇦 Finally, IRCC has resolved the technical glitch in the #ExpressEntry profile builder.— INC – Immigration News Canada 🇨🇦 🍁 (@CanadaImmigra20) November 16, 2023
🇨🇦 Invited candidates in previous Express Entry draws can now submit their applications 👇 https://t.co/oAMASrC0h9
This is expected to be the major reason for no Express Entry draw this week.
Updating Certificate of Qualification Occupations
Another possible reason could be that IRCC has updated the list of occupations eligible for a certificate of qualification by removing truck drivers from it.
A certificate of qualification (COQ) gives 50 additional points to Express Entry profiles and with this new update, truck drivers who have marked ‘yes’ to COQ will have to change it back to ‘no.’
Truck drivers are part of category-based Express Entry draws for the transportation sector and this could also be the reason that IRCC wants to give truckers ample time to update their profiles.
Although an update to this list by the IRCC could be because some profiles in the Transport Occupations targeted draw on September 20 might have been incorrectly invited due to the addition of 50 points for COQ.
An initial assessment of those submitted applications could have warranted the IRCC removing truck drivers from the COQ list since they did not qualify for these 50 points.
We expect that the glitch affecting the Express Entry system will be resolved soon and the draws will resume.
Whatever the reason, there was no express entry draw this week, but the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cutoff will definitely increase as compared to what we would have seen this week.
Progress on decreasing the CRS cutoff score has again hit a roadblock and we can expect an Express Entry draw next week.
Fingers crossed and we hope that IRCC does not skip the draw next week because it will then cause a further increase in the CRS cutoff score.
Express Entry 2023 Summary
Draw Type Invitations CRS Cutoff Score No program-specified draws 70,625 481-531 Francophone invitations 7,700 375-486 Healthcare invitations 5,600 431-476 Federal Skilled Worker 3,300 489 PNP only 4,396 691-791 Trade invitations 1,500 388 Transport invitations 1,000 435 Agriculture and agri-food invitations 600 354 STEM invitations 500 486 Express Entry draws 2023
- Express Entry Draw History and Latest Analysis | Nov 2023
Canada aspirants often confuse Express Entry draw invitations with the annual immigration targets and assume that IRCC will not hold any other round of invitations because the yearly quota has been reached.
Canada is aiming to welcome 110,770 new permanent residents (PRs) via the Express Entry system as per the new immigration levels plan for 2024–2027.
But this doesn’t mean that IRCC will only be sending 110,770 invitations to apply in 2024.
The annual immigration targets set by Canada are for the number of new permanent residents who activate their permanent residency at any Canadian port of entry, not the ones who are even approved.
Furthermore, these also include temporary residents in Canada who get permanent residency via Express Entry and confirm their PR online or at any port of entry.
Express Entry Draw History Since 2015
The Express Entry system was introduced in 2015, with the first round of invitations announced on January 31, sending only 779 invitations to apply with a CRS cutoff score of 886.
There have been a total of 272 Express Entry draws since 2015.
In 2015, Express Entry sent a total of 31,063 invitations to apply with lowest CRS cutoff score of 450 and all were ‘no program specified draws.’
The number of invitations to apply has continued to increase since then, with the highest (114,224) invitations to apply sent in 2021.
This includes the largest single draw of 27,332 invitations for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) with a CRS cutoff score of 75.
Prior to that, IRCC sent out 107,350 invitations in 2020. This was the actual year with the highest number of invitations and consistent draws for all categories.
Year Number of
2024 To be announced 110,770 485,000 2023 95,221 82,880
allocated to Tr to PR)
465,000 2022 46,539 55,900
allocated to Tr to PR)
431,645 2021 114,224 108,500 401,000 2020 107,350 91,800 341,000 2019 85,300 81,400 330,800 2018 89,800 74,900 290,000 2017 86,023 73,700 (2017 targets included
Atlantic Immigration Pilot)
300,000 2016 33,782 58,400 300,000 2015 31,063 68,000–74,000 260,000-285,000 Express Entry Draw History
It is evident from the above table that the number of invitations has exceeded the annual targets in recent years, except in 2022, 2016, and 2015.
Historical Lowest CRS Cutoff Scores
The lowest CRS cutoff score was noted in a Federal Skilled Trades (FST) draw on May 26, 2017 of 199, but IRCC is no longer holding any FST draws now other than the skilled trades category-based draws.
‘No Program Specified’ Express Entry draw on May 31, 2017 recorded the lowest CRS cutoff score of 413, issuing 3,877 invitations to apply.
Canadian Experience Class draws recorded the lowest CRS cutoff score of 357 in June and July of 2021, other than the 75 cutoff score in an unexpected CEC draw during the same year.
Provincial Nominee Program draws had the lowest CRS cutoff score of 673 in November 2017 and 674 in February 2022, and one of the lowest cutoffs at 691 in May 2023.
Should We Expect More Express Entry Draws in 2023?
IRCC has a service standard of processing Express Entry applications within 6 months and the current official processing time shows 80% of the CEC and FSW applications are being processed within 5 months.
IRCC should be conducting more Express Entry draws in 2023, given that most of the candidates who submitted their applications after August–September 2023 will be processed in 2024 and contribute to next year’s immigration targets.
Furthermore, all the new invitations to apply sent in the upcoming draws of this year will be processed in 2024 only and have nothing to do with the 2023 targets.
So there should be more draws, but the CRS cutoff score is expected to be high because there has been no Express Entry draw since October 26.
- Truckers Removed From Express Entry Certificate of Qualification List
Today, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) removed truck drivers from the list of occupations eligible for a certificate of qualification.
In an IRCC program delivery update on November 6, the department instructed it’s staff that the NOC code for transport truck drivers had been removed from the official Certificate of Qualification list.
So truck drivers in the Express Entry pool claiming points for certificates of qualification for the MELT program or their licensing should update their profiles immediately to avoid any misrepresentation, just in case IRCC conducts a transport-targeted Express Entry draw this week.
What is a certificate of qualification?
The certificate of qualification demonstrates an individual’s eligibility to work in a certain skilled trade in Canada, reflecting that they possess all the necessary qualifications to practice their trade in that province or territory, including passing a certification exam.
An organization in charge of regulating commerce in a Canadian province or territory or a federal agency is the one who issues this certificate.
This certificate may be referred to as a “certificate of qualification” or a “qualification certificate,” depending on the organization or entity that issued it.
How does the certificate of qualification benefit Express Entry applicants?
Up to 50 extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points can be added to an Express Entry profile with a proof of certification in one of these eligible occupations.
The best part is that you can obtain these 50 CRS points without having to have prior job experience in any of these occupations; all you need to do is obtain a certificate of qualification.
Moreover, obtaining these extra points does not require a work offer from a Canadian business.
Therefore, we advise enrolling in one of these skilled trades programs if you are a resident of Canada and have a valid Express Entry profile or intend to create one.
After mastering one of these trades, you can pass an exam and obtain a certification certificate from any province in Canada.
How to get Certificate of Qualification
Every Canadian province and territory has its own standards for certificates of qualification and certification procedures.
You can go to the websites of the relevant regulatory body for your province or territory by clicking on the links below:
You can also visit the official Canadian website for information on skilled trades that are subject to federal law.
Full List of Occupations eligible for Certificate of Qualification with NOC codes
- 22114: Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
- 22212: Drafting technologists and technicians
- 22311: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
- 22312: Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
- 62200: Chefs
- 63200: Cooks
- 63201: Butchers (retail and wholesale)
- 63202: Bakers
- 63210: Hairstylists and Barbers
- 72010: Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
- 72011: Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
- 72012: Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
- 72013: Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
- 72014: Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
- 72020: Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
- 72021: Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
- 72022: Supervisors, printing and related occupations
- 72023: Supervisors, railway transport operations
- 72024: Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
- 72025: Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
- 72100: Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
- 72101: Tool and die makers
- 72102: Sheet metal workers
- 72103: Boilermakers
- 72104: Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
- 72105: Ironworkers
- 72106: Welders and related machine operators
- 72200: Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- 72201: Industrial electricians
- 72202: Power system electricians
- 72203: Electrical power line and cable workers
- 72204: Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
- 72205: Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
- 72300: Plumbers
- 72301: Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
- 72302: Gas fitters
- 72310: Carpenters
- 72311: Cabinetmakers
- 72320: Bricklayers
- 72321: Insulators
- 72400: Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- 72401: Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- 72402: Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
- 72403: Railway carmen/women
- 72404: Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
- 72405: Machine fitters
- 72406: Elevator constructors and mechanics
- 72410: Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
- 72411: Auto body collision, refinishing, glass technicians and damage repair estimators
- 72420: Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
- 72421: Appliance servicers and repairers
- 72422: Electrical mechanics
- 72423: Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
- 72429: Other small engine and small equipment repairers
- 72500: Crane operators
- 72501: Water well drillers
- 72999: Other technical trades and related occupations
- 73100: Concrete finishers
- 73101: Tilesetters
- 73102: Plasterers, drywall installers, finishers and lathers
- 73110: Roofers and shinglers
- 73111: Glaziers
- 73112: Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
- 73113: Floor covering installers
- 73200: Residential and commercial installers and servicers
- 73201: General building maintenance workers and building superintendents
- 73202: Pest controllers and fumigators
- 73209: Other repairers and servicers
- 73301: Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
- 73310: Railway and yard locomotive engineers
- 73311: Railway conductors and brakemen/women
- 73400: Heavy equipment operators
- 73401: Printing press operators
- 73402: Drillers and blasters—surface mining, quarrying and construction
- 82010: Supervisors, logging and forestry
- 82020: Supervisors, mining and quarrying
- 82021: Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
- 82030: Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
- 82031: Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
- 83100: Underground production and development miners
- 83101: Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
- 83110: Logging machinery operators
- 83120: Fishing masters and officers
- 83121: Fishermen/women
- 92010: Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
- 92011: Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing, and utilities
- 92012: Supervisors, food and beverage processing
- 92013: Supervisors, plastic and rubber product manufacturing
- 92014: Supervisors, forest products processing
- 92015: Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
- 92020: Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
- 92021: Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
- 92022: Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
- 92023: Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
- 92024: Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
- 92100: Power engineers and power systems operators
- 92101: Water and waste treatment plant operators
- 93100: Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
- 93101: Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing
- 93102: Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
- New Express Entry Applicants No Longer Need Upfront Medical Exam
IRCC made changes to Immigration Medical Exam (IME) requirement for Express Entry applicants on the October 1, 2023 allowing them to submit applications without an upfront medical exam.
While this is good news for Express Entry applicants who receive an invitation to apply (ITA), it is also important to understand what it exactly means.
What exactly is the new Express Entry Medical update?
Effective October 1, 2023, IRCC will no longer need Express Entry applicants and their family members to provide an upfront Immigration Medical Exam (IME) at the time of submitting their application.
As per the IRCC update, you will be prompted to attach proof of your upfront medical exam in your Profile Builder while submitting your application after receiving an invitation to apply (ITA), but this is no longer required.
- If you previously completed an immigration medical exam (IME) as part of another application, then you can include it in your current application using the same upload slot.
- Applicants must include the IME or UMI number from their most recent medical examination.
- If you have never completed an immigration medical exam (IME), you can upload a blank document in the same upload slot.
- Furthermore, IRCC will send you instructions on when to complete your medical exam if they need it.
Previously, IRCC made it mandatory for Express Entry applicants to submit upfront medical exam in July 2022. So this has now been reversed.
What Is An Immigration Medical Exam?You must undergo an Immigration Medical Examination (IME) in order to get Canadian permanent residency (PR) or even temporary residency.
This is to ensure that you are not medically inadmissible to Canada. A group of medical professionals with IRCC licenses lead an IME.
In Canada, there are two kinds of immigration medical exams. An Upfront Immigration Medical Exam is different from the standard Immigration Medical Exam.
For those who do not have an application in the eMedical system, an upfront medical exam is recommended.
After receiving an IME letter, you typically visit a panel physician for a medical examination.
Panel doctors may, though, occasionally perform an examination without an IME letter. Consequently, an upfront medical checkup essentially consists of this.
- If you previously completed an immigration medical exam (IME) as part of another application, then you can include it in your current application using the same upload slot.
- Canada Sent 17,145 New PR Invites in PNP & Express Entry Draws in Sep 2023
Compared to August 2023, Canada issued 7,575 fewer PR invitations in the month of September, with Ontario PNP sending only 2,677 invitations this time.
Summary of all the Canada PNPs and Express Entry draws | September 2023
The IRCC held five Express Entry draws in September, inviting 8,300 people to submit applications for permanent residence (PR).
IRCC announced back-to-back ‘no program specified’ rounds of invitations for two consecutive weeks, issuing 6,200 ITAs.
Date Round type Invitations issued CRS score cutoff September 28, 2023 Agriculture and agri-food occupations 600 354 September 27, 2023 French language proficiency 500 472 September 26, 2023 No Program Specified 3,000 504 September 20, 2023 Transport occupations 1,000 435 September 19, 2023 No Program Specified 3,200 531 Express Entry draws September 2023
Express Entry has issued a total of 86,048 invitations to apply for permanent residency so far in 2023.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced six new provincial nominee program (PNP) rounds of invitations in the month of September.
In these rounds of invitations, OINP issued a total of 2,677 invitations for permanent residency, with the majority of these going to the Human Capital Priorities stream.
OINP Express Entry streams Date Invitations CRS score range Notes Human Capital Priorities stream September 26, 2023 1,696 350-462 Targeted draw for healthcare-related occupations French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream September 21, 2023 63 348-434 General draw French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream September 7, 2023 300 308-434 General draw OINP Express Entry draws
OINP Expression of Interest Invitations
OINP Stream Date issued Invitations Score range Masters Graduate stream September 19, 2023 537 41 and above PhD Graduate stream September 19, 2023 71 40 and above Entrepreneur stream September 25, 2023 10 136 to 163 OINP EOI Draws
The Quebec Arrima draws in the month of September sent out a total of 2,451 invitations to apply for permanent residency in two rounds of invitations.
Quebec Arrima considered profiles having CLB level 7 in French and meeting the below-listed criteria in these draws:
Date Invitations Cutoff Score Description September 21, 2023 1,018 579 Targeted for 27
September 7, 2023 1,433 586
Quebec arrima draws September 2023
Quebec has already issued 14,791 invitations to apply (ITAs) in the 14 Arrima rounds of invitations this year.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent out 2,292 permanent residency invitations in four PNP draws in September, as listed below:
Date Invitations Description September 29, 2023 42 A special immigration measure for Ukrainians September 28, 2023 1,072 Only for Skilled Workers Overseas category September 21, 2023 620 All the categories September 7, 2023 558 All the categories MPNP Draws 2023
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out more than 834 permanent residency invitations during September 2023, as listed below:
Date Invitations Draw Type September 26, 2023 204 Targeted draws for Tech, ECE, Healthcare occupations September 19, 2023 225 General and targeted draws September 12, 2023 183 Targeted draws for Tech, ECE, Healthcare occupations September 6, 2023 222 General and targeted draws BC PNP Draws September 2023
Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) sent out only 476 invitations offering provincial nomination in four Express Entry draws in September, as listed below:
Date Invitations Draw selection criteria CRS Cutoff September 26, 2023 18 Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above 311 September 14, 2023 142 Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500 301 September 12, 2023 16 Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above 327 September 12, 2023 300 Priority sector – Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500 383 Alberta Express Entry draws – September 2023
Alberta has issued a total of 3,487 invitations to apply in 37 Express Entry draws so far in 2023.
Prince Edward Island PNP Draws
Prince Edward Island PNP sent out a total of 153 permanent residency invitations in September in just one round of invitations in the Critical Worker stream to individuals working for a PEI employer with a minimum EOI score of 55.
4 Business Work Permit Entrepreneur invitations were issued to profiles with a score of 80 or above.
In total, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) has issued 2,018 permanent residency invitations so far in 2023.
- New Express Entry Draw For Agriculture & Agri-Food Occupations Is Now Out
Today, IRCC unveiled the new Express Entry draw, first-ever, for profiles with experience in agriculture and agri-food occupations.
Below are the full details of the targeted Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations.
- Number of invitations issued: 600
- Rank required to be invited to apply: 600 or above
- Date and time of round: September 28, 2023, at 16:45:09 UTC
- CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 354
- Tie-breaking rule: June 12, 2023, at 10:23:21 UTC
With these new rounds of invitations, Canada will be able to attract the qualified people it needs, with a focus on applicants with expertise in the agriculture and agri-food industries, such as retail and wholesale butchers, farm supervisors, and agricultural service contractors.
This new Express Entry round of invitations targets individuals with at least 6 months of experience in one of the below-listed occupations.
82031 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
- Example job titles:
- Greenhouse supervisor
- Grounds maintenance contractor
- Groundskeeping supervisor
- Horticulture workers supervisor
- Interior plantscaping contractor
- Landscaping contractor
- Landscaping foreman/woman
- Landscaping supervisor
- Lawn care contractor
- Nursery foreman/woman
- Park maintenance supervisor
- Tree service contractor
82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
- Example job titles:
- Artificial insemination service contractor
- Crop harvesting service contractor
- Farm foreman/woman
- Farm supervisor
- Feedlot foreman/woman
- Hog operation supervisor
- Livestock breeding service contractor
- Poultry farm foreman/woman
- Ranch foreman/woman
- Vegetable farm foreman/woman
63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale
- Example job titles:
- Apprentice butcher – retail or wholesale
- Butcher – butcher shop
- Head butcher – wholesale
- Retail butcher
Our Expectation from this new Express Entry draw
We are expecting that the number of invitations may stay between 500 and 700, and the IRCC will be unveiling details of this draw tomorrow.
Canada maintains its commitment to attracting top talent from across the world and assisting in addressing the need for workers in agriculture and agri-food to boost the economy through the Agri-Food Pilot and category-based selection.
By giving priority to inviting qualified immigrants with past work experience in agriculture and agri-food positions, Canada hopes to address the growing need for talent and staff in critical roles that progress the country’s farming and food processing industries.
All The Express Entry draws – September 2023
Date Round type Invitations issued CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited September 28, 2023 Targeted for 3 Agriculture and Agri-food occupations 600 354 September 27, 2023 Targeted for profiles having
level 7 in French
500 472 September 26, 2023 No Program Specified 3,000 504 September 20, 2023 Targeted for 10
1,000 435 September 19, 2023 No Program Specified 3,200 531 Express Entry draws September 2023
What is Express Entry?Express Entry system is Canada’s most popular and fastest way of geting Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) through one of the programs managed by this application management system.
Individuals can immigrate to Canada through its Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and some parts of the Provincial Nominee Program.
What are Express Entry category-based selections?On May 31, 2023, former Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser announced the introduction of a new procedure called category-based selection, which will allow qualified immigrants with work experience in 82 occupations to have better odds of becoming permanent residents filling in the existing labour market gaps in one of the below listed sectors:
1. Healthcare Occupations
2. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
3. Trade occupations
4. Transport occupations
5. Agriculture and agri-food occupations
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- New Express Entry Draw Today Invites 3,200 Profiles For PR
IRCC sent out 3,200 invitations to apply (ITAs) in a new Express Entry draw today, considering profiles from all the programs.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score jumped significantly by 35 points from 496 to 531 because of the absence of any round of invitations since August 15, 2023.
Below are the details of the Express Entry draw today:
- No Program Specified
- Number of invitations issued: 3,200
- Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,200 or above
- Date and time of round: September 19, 2023 at 15:04:11 UTC
- CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 531
- Tie-breaking rule: September 12, 2023 at 12:16:31 UTC
IRCC will also be unveiling its first targeted draw for transport occupations. You can check for updates here.
IRCC has invited a total of 80,948 profiles in 26 Express Entry draws this year.
In 2023, the CRS threshold ranges from as low as 375 in the Francophile draw to 463 for 35 Healthcare occupations, 486 for 24 STEM occupations, and 531 in the recent no program specified draw today on September 19, 2023.
CRS Score Distribution in the Pool: September 19
CRS score range Number of candidates 601-1200 2,637 501-600 3,091 451-500 58,838 491-500 3,596 481-490 8,510 471-480 19,326 461-470 15,170 451-460 12,236 401-450 54,240 441-450 11,331 431-440 11,601 421-430 9,813 411-420 10,414 401-410 11,081 351-400 60,575 301-350 31,418 0-300 5,236 Total 216,035 CRS Score distribution in the pool
What is Express Entry?Canada Express Entry is an online application management system, that IRCC uses to select candidates for permanent residency based on their Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS).
Express Entry is in charge of administering the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
When determining who to invite to apply for Canadian permanent residency, the CRS considers factors including work experience, industry, language skills, education, age, and more.
When an eligible Express Entry candidate creates their profile on the IRCC website, they are assigned a CRS number and placed in a classification pool with other candidates based on these factors.
Candidates with high CRS Scores have the best chance of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
What occupations are being targeted by Express Entry system in 2023?In 2023, new occupation based Express Entry draws are focusing on candidates who have at least 6 months of work experience in the last 3 years in one of the following sectors:
2. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
3. trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
5. agriculture and agri-food
You can obtain a comprehensive list of occupations with NOC codes for each sector by clicking on the links above.
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- New Express Entry Certificate of Qualification Occupation List
The IRCC officially updated the list of trade occupations eligible for Express Entry certificates of qualification on September 8, 2023.
This list initially had a total of 101 occupations including truck drivers, but on November 6, 2023 IRCC removed truck drivers from the list of occupations eligible for certificate of qualification.
The best thing about this is that there is no need for previous work experience in any of these occupations; you just need to get a certificate of qualification for one of these 101 occupations.
A certificate of qualification awards up to 50 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points to an Express Entry profile.
Furthermore, there is no need for a job offer from a Canadian employer to get these additional points.
So if you are someone inside Canada with a valid Express Entry profile or are planning on making one, then we can suggest enrolling in one of these skilled trades programs.
Once getting fluent in one of these trades, you can then clear an examination to get a certificate of qualification from one of the Canadian provinces.
There are also high chances that we could now see Express Entry draw for Transport and/or Trade occupations.
Full List of 101 Occupations Eligible for Express Entry Certificate of Qualification
- Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists – 22114
- Drafting technologists and technicians – 22212
- Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) – 22311
- Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics – 22312
- Chefs – 62200
- Cooks – 63200
- Butchers – retail and wholesale – 63201
- Bakers – 63202
- Hairstylists and Barbers – 63210
- Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations – 72010
- Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations – 72011
- Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades – 72012
- Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades – 72013
- Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers – 72014
- Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades – 72020
- Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews – 72021
- Supervisors, printing and related occupations – 72022
- Supervisors, railway transport operations – 72023
- Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators – 72024
- Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations – 72025
- Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors – 72100
- Tool and die makers – 72101
- Sheet metal workers – 72102
- Boilermakers – 72103
- Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters – 72104
- Ironworkers – 72105
- Welders and related machine operators – 72106
- Electricians (except industrial and power system) – 72200
- Industrial electricians – 72201
- Power system electricians – 72202
- Electrical power line and cable workers – 72203
- Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers – 72204
- Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians – 72205
- Plumbers – 72300
- Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers – 72301
- Gas fitters – 72302
- Carpenters – 72310
- Cabinetmakers – 72311
- Bricklayers – 72320
- Insulators – 72321
- Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics – 72400
- Heavy-duty equipment mechanics – 72401
- Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics – 72402
- Railway carmen/women – 72403
- Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors – 72404
- Machine fitters – 72405
- Elevator constructors and mechanics – 72406
- Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers – 72410
- Auto body collision, refinishing and glass technicians and damage repair estimators – 72411
- Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics – 72420
- Appliance servicers and repairers – 72421
- Electrical mechanics – 72422
- Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics – 72423
- Other small engine and small equipment repairers – 72429
- Crane operators – 72500
- Water well drillers – 72501
- Other technical trades and related occupations – 72999
- Concrete finishers – 73100
- Tilesetters – 73101
- Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers – 73102
- Roofers and shinglers – 73110
- Glaziers – 73111
- Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) – 73112
- Floor covering installers – 73113
- Residential and commercial installers and servicers – 73200
- General building maintenance workers and building superintendents – 73201
- Pest controllers and fumigators – 73202
- Other repairers and servicers – 73209
- Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators – 73301
- Railway and yard locomotive engineers – 73310
- Railway conductors and brakemen/women – 73311
- Heavy equipment operators – 73400
- Printing press operators – 73401
- Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction – 73402
- Supervisors, logging and forestry – 82010
- Supervisors, mining and quarrying – 82020
- Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services – 82021
- Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors – 82030
- Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services – 82031
- Underground production and development miners – 83100
- Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers – 83101
- Logging machinery operators – 83110
- Fishing masters and officers – 83120
- Fishermen/women – 83121
- Supervisors, mineral and metal processing – 92010
- Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities – 92011
- Supervisors, food and beverage processing – 92012
- Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing – 92013
- Supervisors, forest products processing – 92014
- Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing – 92015
- Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling – 92020
- Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing – 92021
- Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing – 92022
- Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing – 92023
- Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly – 92024
- Power engineers and power systems operators – 92100
- Water and waste treatment plant operators – 92101
- Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing – 93100
- Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing – 93101
- Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators – 93102
To receive skill transferability factor CRS points for a certificate of qualification in a trade occupation, the certificate must be issued by a province or territory’s governing body for trades.
What is a certificate of qualification?A certificate of qualification demonstrates that an individual is qualified to work in a particular skilled trade, i.e., that they have passed a certification exam and satisfy all requirements to practice their trade in that province or territory.
How to get a certificate of qualification in Canada?In Canada every province or territory has its own certification process and certificate of qualification requirements.
You can visit the below listed websites of the regulatory authority based on your province or territory of interest:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
You can also visit the official website of Canada for federally regulated skilled trades.
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- Canada Issues 24,720 New PR Invitations In August 2023
Canada sent out 24,720 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR) in 36 new rounds of invitations under various Canadian immigration programs during the month of August 2023.
This is an almost 55% increase in the total number of invitations for permanent residency as compared to the total invitations sent in July 2023.
During the month of August 2023, Ontario issued the most PR invitations, followed by the Express Entry draws and provincial nominee programs of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island.
Below is a summary of new permanent residency invitations issued in the month of August 2023.
Ontario PNP or OINP 9,906 12 Express Entry System 8,600 4 Manitoba PNP 1,548 4 Saskatchewan PNP 1,384 1 Quebec Arrima System 1,384 1 British Columbia PNP 861 4 Alberta Express Entry Stream 815 7 Prince Edward Island PNP 222 3 Total 24,720 New Permanent Residency Invitations August 2023
Canada Permanent Residency Invitations – August 2023
Ontario PNP Draws Summary
To be clear for the readers, interested candidates need to create a profile with OINP to be considered for Expression of Interest draws.
However, OINP Express Entry draws directly invites profiles from the Express Entry pool based on Ontario’s labour market needs.
5,679 out of 9,906 OINP invitations this month went out to Express Entry profiles, offering them provincial nominations that will bestow 600 additional points.
Stream Date NOIs issued Number of NOIs issued CRS score range Description Human Capital Priorities stream August 11–16, 2023 2,835 473-516 Targeted draw for:
42 Healthcare occupations
9 Tech occupations
Skilled Trades stream August 3, 2023 2,844 250-516 Targeted draw for 46 occupations or NOCs. OINP Express Entry Draws August 2023
The rest of the invitations were sent in OINP Expression of Interest (EOI) draws, as listed below:
OINP EOI Stream Date Invitations Cutoff Score Description Masters Graduate Stream August 30, 2023 772 44 and above General Draw Foreign Worker stream August 15, 2023 375 30 and above Targeted draw for 54 skilled trades occupations Foreign Worker stream August 15, 2023 1,131 46 and above Targeted draw for 42 health and 11 tech occupations International Student stream August 15, 2023 408 61 and above Targeted draw for 54 skilled trades occupations International Student stream August 15, 2023 445 61 and above Targeted draw for 54 skilled trades occupations In-Demand Skills stream August 15, 2023 256 23 and above Targeted draw for 22 in-demand occupations Foreign Worker stream August 1, 2023 1 N/A Targeted draw for Economic Mobility Pathways Masters Graduate Stream August 1, 2023 755 48 and above General Draw Phd Graduate Stream August 1, 2023 84 39 and above General Draw OINP Draws August 2023
Express Entry Draw Summary
However, this month was better for profiles created in all the different programs of the Express Entry system, with the no program specified draw sending the most, with 6,300 invitations to apply and the CRS cutoff ranging from 496 to 517.
There was a small Francophile draw, inviting 800 profiles with a CRS cutoff score of 435.
We hope to see transportation and Agri-targeted Express Entry draws in the coming months, as well as repetition of STEM and healthcare-targeted rounds of invitations.
Manitoba PNP Draws Summary
Manitoba continues to issue the third-highest number of invitations for permanent residency in the month of August 2023, after OINP and Express Entry.
On the last day of August, Manitoba PNP announced the first of its kind region-specific draw for Skilled Workers in Manitoba intending to reside outside the Winnipeg Area.
The cutoff score was the lowest at 600 in this August 31st MPNP draw.
Below is the summary of Manitoba PNP Draws announced in August 2023:
Date Invitations Cutoff
Category August 31, 2023 288 600 Skilled Workers in Manitoba (outside Winnipeg Area) August 25, 2023 22 N/A A special immigration measure for Ukrainians August 24, 2023 623 612-724 Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM), International Education Stream (IES), Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO) August 10, 2023 615 605-708 Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM), International Education Stream (IES), Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO) Total 1,548 Manitoba PNP draws August 2023
Saskatchewan PNP Summary
The Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program or Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) also introduced a first of its kind, never done before in the history of Canadian immigration, that is, country-targeted PNP draws.
SINP sent out 1,384 invitations to apply for permanent residency under the Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry streams, targeting applicants from eight countries with the lowest cutoff score ever of 60.
60 is the minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score required to even qualify to create a profile with SINP.
These countries are India, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, and Ukraine.
Category Total Candidates Invited to Apply Other Considerations Occupations In-Demand 12 Candidates residing in Ireland with experience in select 28 NOC Codes Express Entry 23 Candidates residing in Ireland with experience in select 28 NOC Codes Occupations In-Demand 78 Candidates residing in Poland, Czechia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Ukraine with experience in select 70 NOC codes Express Entry 98 Candidates residing in Poland, Czechia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Ukraine with experience in select 70 NOC codes Occupations In-Demand 207 Candidates residing in India with experience in select 26 NOC codes Express Entry 224 Candidates residing in India with experience in select 26 NOC Codes SINP draws August 2023
British Columbia PNP Draws Summary
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 861 new invitations for permanent residency as compared to 731 in July 2023 under various categories.
Each week, the province of British Columbia continues to alternate between general and targeted PNP rounds of invitations.
Early Childhood Educators or individuals having experience in Healthcare occupations continue to receive invitations at the lowest cutoff scores.
Below is the summary of BC PNP draws in August 2023:
Date Invitations Stream Minimum Score Description Aug 29 >150 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60-88 Targeted draw for Early Childhood Educators, healthcare occupations, 35 Tech occupations, and NOCs 31103, 32104 Aug 22 169 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 88-109 General Draw Aug 22 >56 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw for Early Childhood Educators, healthcare occupations, and NOCs 31103, 32104, Aug 15 >153 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60-88 Targeted draw for Early Childhood Educators, healthcare occupations, 35 Tech occupations, and NOCs 31103, 32104 Aug 9 195 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 88-110 General Draw Aug 9 56 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60-88 Targeted draw for Early Childhood Educators, healthcare occupations, Aug 1 >194 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60-88 Targeted draw for Early Childhood Educators, healthcare occupations, 35 Tech occupations, NOC 31103, 32104 BC PNP draws August 2023
Quebec Arrima Draws Summary
Quebec again held only one Arrima draw on August 10th, 2023, inviting 1,384 profiles for permanent residency.
This round of invitations targeted Arrima profiles with oral French proficiency of level 7 or higher and a score of 591 or higher according to the Quebec score calculator.
Compared to the previous Quebec Arrima draw on July 20, 2023, this threshold score decreased by only 5 points.
Quebec has issued 8,489 invitations to apply in nine rounds of the Arrima draws this year.
Alberta Express Entry Draws Summary
A total of 815 Express Entry profiles have been invited to claim provincial nominations and grab the opportunity to boost their CRS score by 600 points.
Alberta had already issued 7,121 nomination certificates across all categories as of August 29, 2023.
Below is a summary of all the AAIP Express Entry draws in August 2023:
Date of draw Invitations Draw parameters CRS Score cutoff August 24, 2023 168 Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500 302 August 22, 2023 89 Priority sector – Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500 303 August 16, 2023 300 Priority sector – Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500 408 August 15, 2023 14 Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above 326 August 3, 2023 201 Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500 315 August 1, 2023 32 Priority sector – Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500 322 August 1, 2023 11 Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above 317 AAIP Express Entry draws August 2023
Prince Edward Island PNP Draws Summary
Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, invited a total of 222 candidates in three provincial nominee program draws, as listed below:
Date Labour and Express Invitations Description August 3, 2023 58 Targeted at individuals working in the Healthcare, Manufacturing, Food Processing, Construction, Hotel/Accommodation, and Agriculture sectors. August 17, 2023 138 Only Critical Worker Stream targeting individuals working for a PEI Employer with a minimum EOI score of 50 August 31, 2023 22 Targeted at individuals working in the Healthcare, Manufacturing, Food Processing, and construction sectors. PEI PNP Draws August 2023
To date, in 2023, the PEI PNP has issued a total of 1,861 invitations to apply for permanent residency across all categories.
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- Canada Immigration Focus On Skilled Trade Occupations
As the landscape of immigration continues to evolve, the importance of skilled trade occupations in Canada, particularly in the province of Ontario, is gaining significant attention.
With a growing emphasis on addressing labour shortages, fostering economic growth, and promoting diversity, skilled trades professionals are poised to become a cornerstone of Canadian immigration policy.
Temporary foreign workers with experience in skilled trades are set to reap the benefits of this evolving focus, contributing to their own professional growth and the nation’s prosperity.
The shift towards Skilled Trades traditionally, Canada’s immigration policies have now leaned heavily towards attracting highly skilled professionals in sectors such as technology, healthcare, and engineering.
The Canadian government and provinces like Ontario have recognized the urgent need to fill gaps in the workforce related to industries such as construction, manufacturing, automotive, and more.
The skilled trades sector has long been overlooked, resulting in an imbalance between the demand for skilled tradespeople and the available workforce.
To bridge this gap, Canada is reevaluating its immigration criteria to ensure that those with expertise in various trades can contribute to the country’s growth and development.
Ontario’s Focus on Skilled Trades
Ontario welcomes most of the new permanent residents every year, being the largest province in Canada.
The province is taking a proactive stance by embracing skilled trades as a priority in its immigration strategy.
With its vibrant cities, expanding infrastructure projects, and flourishing industries, Ontario has become an attractive destination for both immigrants and temporary foreign workers.
The province’s focus on skilled trades is evident through various initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining tradespeople.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP): This provincial program is tailored to nominate individuals with the necessary skills and experience in designated trades.
Through OINP’s Skilled Trades Stream, qualified workers can be nominated for permanent residency, streamlining their path to becoming Canadian residents.
Red Seal Program: The Red Seal endorsement is a nationally recognized certification that signifies a worker’s proficiency in a particular trade.
Ontario’s recognition and support for the Red Seal Program further highlight the province’s commitment to skilled trades.
Investment in Infrastructure: Ontario’s continuous investment in infrastructure projects, including transportation, housing, and energy, has led to a surge in demand for skilled tradespeople.
This demand presents a golden opportunity for foreign workers with relevant experience.
Benefits for Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada
Temporary foreign workers with experience in skilled trades stand to benefit significantly from this evolving focus on their professions. Here’s how:
Pathway to Permanent Residency: Ontario’s emphasis on skilled trades in immigration policies means that temporary foreign workers can transition more smoothly from temporary to permanent status.
The experience gained during their time in the province enhances their eligibility for provincial nomination programs.
In-Demand Skills: Skilled trades are essential across various industries, ensuring that workers with relevant expertise remain in demand.
This provides a level of job security and stability that can be particularly attractive for immigrants seeking long-term settlement.
Contribution to the Economy: Immigrants and temporary foreign workers in skilled trades contribute significantly to Canada’s economy by addressing labour shortages and driving local businesses’ growth.
This, in turn, enhances the overall economic landscape of the province and the nation.
Community Integration: Temporary foreign workers who enter Ontario through the skilled trades route often have opportunities to engage with local communities, collaborate with Canadian colleagues, and form meaningful connections, thereby enriching their overall immigrant experience.
As Canada recalibrates its immigration policies to prioritize skilled trades, Ontario emerges as a leading advocate for attracting and retaining skilled trade professionals.
Temporary foreign workers with experience in various trades are well-positioned to benefit from these evolving strategies.
Their contributions not only fill essential workforce gaps but also contribute to the country’s economic prosperity and cultural diversity.
In the grand tapestry of Canadian immigration, skilled trades are becoming a vibrant thread, weaving together the stories of individuals seeking opportunity and a nation that embraces their skills.
Jaspreet Kaur, RCIC
Jaspreet Kaur, the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Mississauga, brings her expertise in immigration law and pens down her inferences about the ever-changing IRCC policies.
What skilled trade occupations are eligible for the new targeted Express Entry draws?The below-listed occupations are currently being targeted in Skilled Trades Express Entry draws.
73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
72406 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
72405 – Machine fitters
72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72310 – Carpenters
72300 – Plumbers
72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72106 – Welders and related machine operators
72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers