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Category Archives: Canada Express Entry Draw

April 23, 2022


Canada being the top destination for global talent, is eager to recover from the pandemic in order to open doors, once again, for Immigrants to fill out hundreds of thousands of vacant positions in all the sectors across the country. Immigration is more important than ever to fuel Canada’s economy as the strong economic growth is now outpacing their ability to find and keep workers.

Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, announced that Express Entry draws will soon resume and that invitations for candidates to apply for permanent residence will begin in early July.

Due to travel restrictions caused by COVID throughout most of 2020 and 2021, Canada had put a halt to the Express Entry Draws among other of their immigration programs which has given rise to a backlog of thousands of applicants waiting to receive their Initiations to Apply (ITA’s). However, the wait is now over. The draws are to resume soon and Invitations to apply will resume in early July, and the vast majority of new applications will be processed within the 6-month service standard.

Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship says,

“With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labor needed to fuel our growth. Immigration will be crucial to easing our labor shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country, while providing more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”

To help bring even more skilled workers quickly to Canada, the number of permanent residence decisions made in the first quarter of 2022 have been doubled. From January 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022, over 156,000 final decisions on permanent residence applications have been made and, through these efforts, Canada welcomed over 113,000 new permanent residents in the first quarter of 2022. So now is the time for everyone who is interested to apply for Canadian PR through the Federal Skilled Worker Program to take charge and apply.


February 24, 2022

In a discussion on the future of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws and Express Entry Pathway, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has commented that the draws are expected to resume “in the near term”. He has also assured that he is looking making the Express Entry Pathway more flexible for candidates and it the Program would look more normal in the coming years.

Fraser’s meeting with the President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Goldy Hyder, fora discussion on Canadian Immigration was streamed on the Canadian Club Toronto website on February 16.

The future of Express Entry:

“We do need to resume, in the near future, draws for federal skilled workers,” Fraser said. “If you actually look at the immigration levels plan over the next couple of years the balance is shifting back and by year three… a record number of federal skilled workers, including through the Canadian Experience Class, will be welcomed to Canada.By no means do I want to communicate that there will be any kind of abandonment of—what I would argue—is one of the most successful immigration programs anywhere in the world.”

Fraser suggested that Express Entry could be used to respond to short-term needs including welcoming people into smaller communities, sectors in high demand, and “people who are coming from a particular region that has the kind of educational institutions that will train the workers we need in strategically important sectors”.

He further added, “Building this flexibility into the Express Entry system is something I’m personally digging into right now because I think it’s going to enable us to respond in a more nimble way when we do see the pace of transformation is only increasing over time”.

Fraser had previously hinted that occupation-specific Express Entry draws could be a possibility in the future.

Fraser has expressed that opening up pathways for permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign workers through Express Entry is one of his priorities. He is also tasked with ensuring immigration better supports small- and medium-size communities by expanding the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and moving forward on the Municipal Nominee Program. Since taking office in the fall, Fraser has already made the Atlantic Immigration Pilot a permanent program, which was one of the other priority items specified in his mandate letter.

The state of Express Entry

Express Entry Program has been experiencing a backlog of application since 2021. Since September 2021, Canada has only been inviting PNP candidates to apply through the Express Entry system. Fraser, however, has assured on multiple occasions that the halt in CEC, FSWP, and FSTP draws is only temporary.

As of February 1, about 64,890 FSWP and CEC candidates are waiting for decisions on their immigration applications. The 2022-2024 immigration levels plan is calling for fewer Express Entry immigrants this year than there are in the backlog. In 2022, Canada is expecting to admit 55,900 immigrants through Express Entry, excluding PNP candidates. The following year, Canada has currently stated to welcome 75,750 Express Entry immigrants.

By 2024, Canada is expecting to welcome a record number of 111,500 immigrants through Express Entry.

Fraser will table the next immigration levels plan for 2023-2025 in the fall of this year. By then, the targets for 2023 onward could change.

December 10, 2020

The 169th Express Entry Draw has been taken place! In this draw 5,000 candidates have been issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) with a minimum CRS score cutoff of 469 points.
Despite the high number of ITAs, the CRS score cut-off has held steady at 469 points, suggesting a high number of competitive candidates entered the pool between the previous draw on November 25 and this one.To find out if you are eligible for Express Entry immigration to Canada, simply contact us today.