In a recent Express Entry draw held on September 27, Canada demonstrated its commitment to welcoming French-speaking candidates by issuing 500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to individuals with proficiency in the French language. This draw marks a significant move to promote linguistic diversity within the Canadian immigration landscape. Notably, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was set at 472, representing a notable reduction of 37 points compared to the previous French-language draw held on August 2.
Throughout the year, Canada has conducted a variety of draws targeting different candidate profiles, and 2023 has seen an array of draw types. These include:
All-Program Draws: These draws encompass a wide range of candidates and are not limited to specific categories.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Draws: Designed to facilitate the nomination of candidates by Canadian provinces.
French-Language Draws: Aimed at attracting candidates proficient in the French language.
Healthcare Occupation Draws: Targeting individuals with qualifications in healthcare professions, reflecting Canada’s demand for skilled medical personnel.
STEM Occupation Draws: Focused on candidates with expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields.
Skilled Trades Draws: Tailored for candidates skilled in various trades and crafts.
Federal Skilled Worker Draws: Prioritizing candidates with qualifications and experience relevant to the Federal Skilled Worker program.
Transportation Occupation Draws: Geared towards individuals with skills in transportation-related roles.
In the September 27 draw, the tie-breaking rule was invoked, considering the candidate profiles submitted before August 16, 2023, at 5 a.m. EST. In cases where multiple candidates held the minimum CRS score, only those who had submitted their Express Entry profiles prior to this specific date and time received invitations. This mechanism ensures fairness and transparency in the selection process.
As of now, this draw represents the 30th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2023 and the 266th draw overall. Candidates who have received ITAs have a 60-day window to submit their applications, which will be processed within the standard six-month timeframe.
Canada’s proactive approach to immigration is reflected in its steadily increasing Invitation to Apply (ITA) numbers. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a remarkable 85,448 ITAs in 2023, a substantial increase compared to the 45,115 candidates invited in the entire year of 2022.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that the IRCC achieved a record issuance of 114,431 ITAs in 2021, encompassing candidates from the Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program streams. This figure surpassed the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020, demonstrating Canada’s continued commitment to welcoming newcomers.
Canada’s ambitious immigration target for 2023 is set at 465,000, emphasizing its dedication to attracting a diverse pool of talented individuals from around the world. Employers in Canada are encouraged to explore various avenues for recruiting foreign workers. This includes obtaining a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or seeking nominations under provincial nomination programs (PNPs). These strategies contribute to long-term workforce stability and talent retention.