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Express Entry Targeted Draws In 2023 – All You Should Know!

Last Updated On 25 December 2022, 9:00 PM EST (Toronto Time)

Recently the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that they are planning to introduce targeted Express Entry (EE) draws.

This will take place in the first quarter of 2023. So, these draws will select candidates that are best suited to meet Canada’s labour market goals. 

The Department is planning to consult a wide range of stakeholders to inform new categories in Express Entry, as required by the legislation, and is preparing for technical implementation in the first quarter of 2023.


What kind of candidates will be targeted in the new draws is not known yet. The recent Bill C-19, allows the immigration minister to tailor immigration programs.

So, the minster can decide what kinds of foreign nationals will be allowed to immigrate here. Candidates can be invited based on the criteria that support regional economic needs.

Thus, IRCC can hold EE invitation rounds based on a candidate’s occupation, language, or educational attainment.

This will take place in combination with a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. 

The new bill states that the minister has to engage in a public consultation process. Moreover, the minister will have to report the draw details to the parliament annually. This includes the economic goals too. 

As a result, it will now be possible to conduct draws targeting specific National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes.

Why the change in Express Entry?

Currently, without the Bill C-19, the Express Entry system does not allow IRCC to tailor Invitations to Apply to meet in-demand skills or qualifications.

If you’re in a circumstance where you have an abundance of applications that are all in one particular sector, and that sector doesn’t have high needs in Canada the Express Entry system as it exists today, is likely to bring in people that might not be perfectly matched to the needs of the Canadian economy.

IRCC Minister, Sean Fraser

Earlier IRCC wasn’t able to invite EE candidates based on the program they were eligible for.  Also, before the Bill C-19 was passed IRCC was not able to target EE candidates based on their occupation, language ability, or education credential.

Provincial Nominee Programs have more specific criteria that allow them to invite eligible Express Entry candidates. However, there is no specific mechanism in place for the system. To get a PNP, you need to complete a separate application process with a provincial or territorial authority.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said that, the goal is to set newcomers up for success in the communities where they’re going to reside.

The minister also believes that there has to be a transparent selection process. Therefore, minsters are required to have a public consultation process with stakeholders. This is to get information on how the draws can be held to support an economic goal.


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