Aspiring immigrants eyeing Canada as their future home are keenly interested in understanding the nuances of the Express Entry system, particularly in 2023. The Government of Canada has recently released data shedding light on the human capital profiles of individuals who received Express Entry ITAs from January to September 2023. This wealth of information provides insights into the categories, provinces, Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, ages, and occupations of those fortunate individuals.
The Express Entry Framework
Express Entry is an application management system managed by the federal government of Canada which includes immigration pathways such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). All candidates undergo evaluation and ranking based on the Comprehensive Ranking System, which assigns point values for attributes such as work experience, age, language proficiency, and education.
Breakdown of Invitations
In the first nine months of 2023, a total of 53,455 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates. This number excludes the additional 9,173 ITAs issued in October. The breakdown of ITAs reveals the prominence of the Canadian Experience Class, with 45% of all ITAs granted to candidates in this category. The Federal Skilled Worker Program and Provincial Nominee Program follow closely, receiving 30% and 26% of ITAs, respectively.
Top Occupations Leading the Way
Certain occupations stand out as favorites among Express Entry candidates, with software engineers consistently ranking among the top five for all three programs. In the Canadian Experience Class, notable occupations include software engineers and designers, computer programmers, and information systems analysts. The Federal Skilled Worker Program sees high demand for financial auditors, accountants, dentists, and software engineers. In the Provincial Nominee Program, software engineers, information systems analysts, and computer programmers remain sought-after.
CRS Scores and Age Demographics
Approximately half of all Express Entry candidates, totaling 26,070, fell within the CRS score range of 451-500. Another 11,640 candidates scored between 501-600. Notably, a mere 225 candidates received ITAs with scores between 601-700, emphasizing the competitive nature of the process. The age demographic receiving the highest number of ITAs lies in the range of 19-29, with 28,970 candidates. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) assigns higher CRS scores to younger candidates, recognizing the correlation between age and successful integration into the Canadian labor market.
Provincial Distribution of ITAs
More than half of all Express Entry candidates were either living or intended to live in Ontario, garnering 31,550 ITAs. British Columbia secured the second-highest number with 10,655 ITAs, followed by Alberta with 5,280. Nova Scotia received 1,595 ITAs, while all other provinces individually received fewer than 1,500.
Express Entry Immigration Levels
The data from January to September 2023 exceeds the total number of ITAs issued in 2022 but falls short of the remarkable figures from 2021. Notably, the past two years were affected by the pandemic, with fluctuations in ITAs due to shifting immigration goals and service standards. The Express Entry targets for 2024 and beyond signal a commitment to maintaining a steady influx of skilled immigrants, acknowledging the critical role they play in Canada’s growth and prosperity.
IRCC’s 2024 target is 110,770 permanent resident admissions, gradually increasing in subsequent years. Decoding the Express Entry data for 2023 reveals the evolving immigration landscape in Canada. As candidates navigate the application process, understanding the preferences, occupations, and demographics that shape ITAs becomes pivotal. The Express Entry system continues to be a dynamic gateway for skilled individuals seeking a new chapter in Canada, emphasizing the nation’s commitment to attracting top talent from around the world.