Express Entry Draw for Trades Occupations

New Express Entry Draw for Trades Occupations Issues 1,800 ITAs with a CRS Score of 436

Canada has once again demonstrated its commitment to welcoming skilled tradespeople with the recent Express Entry draw held on July 4, 2024. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 1,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates in trades occupations, marking a significant step towards addressing labor shortages in key sectors. The draw was notable not only for the number of ITAs issued but also for the remarkably low Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required.

Lower CRS Requirement for Skilled Trades

In this latest draw, the minimum CRS score was set at 436, a significant decrease compared to the typical CRS cut-off for general Express Entry draws. This lower threshold underscores the Canadian government’s ongoing efforts to attract skilled tradespeople. By reducing the CRS score, Canada aims to encourage more applicants from trades sectors, addressing the pressing need for skilled labor in various industries.

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Express Entry Draw Result – July 4, 2024

DateDraw CategoryNo. of ITAsMinimum CRS Score RequirementTie-breaking rule
July 4, 2024Trade occupations1,800436July 16, 2023 at 15:44:59 UTC

This draw is part of Canada’s broader strategy to meet its ambitious immigration targets for 2024, which include inviting 110,770 permanent residence applicants. The focus on trades occupations is complemented by additional category-based draws targeting healthcare, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and other in-demand fields throughout the year. This multifaceted approach ensures that a wide range of skilled professionals have the opportunity to receive an ITA.

Categories for Express Entry Draws in 2024

The IRCC has identified six priority categories for the 2024 category-based draws:

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Strong French language proficiency

Work experience in one of the following fields:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades (e.g., carpenters, plumbers, contractors)
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Agri-food

The Express Entry System

The Express Entry system is an online application management system for permanent residence applications from skilled workers. It encompasses three federal economic immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Eligibility Criteria for the Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a pathway to permanent residency for individuals with Canadian skilled work experience. To be eligible for the CEC under the Express Entry system, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Work Experience: At least one year of skilled work experience (TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3) in Canada within the last three years.
  • Language Proficiency: Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 for TEER 0 or 1 occupations, and CLB level 5 for TEER 2 or 3 jobs.
  • Education: There is no specific education requirement for the CEC, but possessing a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate can enhance the CRS score.
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Canada’s recent Express Entry draw for trades occupations is a clear indicator of its dedication to addressing labor shortages and attracting skilled tradespeople. The lowered CRS score of 436 offers a unique opportunity for many potential immigrants. As Canada continues to prioritize trades and other in-demand occupations, the pathway to permanent residence becomes more accessible for qualified candidates.

For those interested in applying through the Canada Express Entry system, staying informed about upcoming draws and category-specific requirements is crucial. With these new opportunities, achieving your dream of living and working in Canada has never been closer.

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