Express Entry Draw for Agriculture

IRCC’s Pioneering Category-Based Express Entry Draw for Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations

In a groundbreaking move, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken a significant step to bolster Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector by conducting the very first category-based Express Entry draw for professionals in this field. On 28 September, IRCC conducted a category-based Express Entry draw and invited 600 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 354. This draw aimed at inviting skilled talent to support the growth and development of the agricultural industry in Canada.

Express Entry Draws in Recent Weeks

The agriculture and agri-food draw on September 28 was not an isolated event. In the preceding days, IRCC conducted two more Express Entry draws with varying eligibility criteria. On September 27, a draw for candidates with proficiency in French invited 500 individuals with a minimum CRS score of 472. The day prior, September 26, saw a significant all-program draw where 3,000 candidates were invited, with a minimum CRS score of 504. These draws demonstrate Canada’s multifaceted approach to immigration, accommodating candidates with diverse skills and language abilities.

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A Snapshot of Recent Express Entry Draws

To provide context, let’s examine the summary of Express Entry draw results since June 2023:

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The Emergence of Category-Based Selection

IRCC introduced category-based selection as part of its evolving immigration strategy. This innovation was announced in May, and it signifies a shift towards choosing Express Entry candidates based on specific attributes rather than solely relying on their overall CRS score. This change in approach was facilitated by an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in 2022, granting the immigration minister the authority to select candidates who align with Canada’s economic and linguistic goals.

Six new categories were established to accommodate in-demand occupations and candidates with strong French-language skills. These categories encompass:

  • Healthcare
  • STEM Professions
  • Trades
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Agri-food
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Since the inception of category-based draws, candidates with strong French-language abilities have received the highest number of ITAs, totaling 6,900. Candidates aspiring to immigrate through category-based selection must be part of the Express Entry pool and meet the minimum CRS score.

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