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Canada invites 4,800 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

On May 24, Canada held an Express Entry draw for candidates of all Express Entry-managed programs. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 488 points.

Canada has resumed all-program draws after holding a PNP-specific draw earlier this month.

Please note: It can take up to 24 hours for an ITA to appear in your IRCC account.

5 categories of targeted Express Entry draws incoming

Category-based Express Entry draws are expected to begin in the second half of 2023. Also, there will be five broad sectors included in the targeted draws, according to Canada’s immigration minister.

On May 17, Moving2Canada attended a conference in Ottawa where Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, said that category-based Express Entry draws would include the following five categories:

  • healthcare
  • tech
  • skilled trades
  • agriculture
  • transportation

Within each sector there are multiple occupations that could be considered based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

On June 23, 2023 it will be one year since Bill C-19 received royal assent—that is the bill that allowed IRCC to hold category-based Express Entry draws.

If you want to be one of the first people to find out about Express Entry updates, create a free Moving2Canada account and sign up for our newsletter.

For more information on Express Entry and other Canadian immigration options, check out these resources:


CRS Score Calculator

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PNP Live Tracker: The latest results & eligibility

Find out the latest results from all of Canada's different Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
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Immigration Quiz: Find the best immigration program

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CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool

The following table shows the recent distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool. As of May 24, there were a total of 226,842 candidates in the Express Entry pool. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

Want to improve your Express Entry CRS score? See our updated guide for tips you might not have thought of yet.


When will the next Express Entry draw take place?

There is no public schedule of future Express Entry draws, so it is not possible to know for certain when the Express Entry draw will take place. However, IRCC has historically tended to conduct Express Entry draws every two weeks on Wednesdays. That being said, Express Entry draws can, and do, take place on other days of the week, and sometimes there is a longer or shorter gap between one Express Entry draw and the next draw.

The quickest way to find out when an Express Entry draw has taken place is to create a free Moving2Canada account and sign up for our newsletter.

Express Entry CRS score cut-off all-time records

In the history of Express Entry, the following CRS score cut-off records have taken place:

Lowest CRS score cut-off in any Express Entry draw:

  • All programs: 413 points
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): 75 points — this was an exceptional draw that invited all CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST): 199 points

Highest CRS score cut-off in any Express Entry draw:

  • All programs: 886 points
  • PNP Draw: 902 points

Express Entry draw list by year

 DateNumber of invitations to apply issuedMinimum CRS points requiredCategory
Draw 249May 244,800488--
Draw 248May 10589691 *PNP-only draw--
Draw 247Apr 263,500483--
Draw 246Apr 123,500486--
Draw 245Mar 297,000481--
Draw 244Mar 237,000484--
Draw 243Mar 157,000490--
Draw 242Mar 1667748 *PNP-only draw--
Draw 241Feb 15699791 *PNP-only draw--
Draw 240Feb 23,300489 *FSW-only draw--
Draw 239Feb 1893733
*PNP-only draw
Draw 238Jan 185,500490--
Draw 237Jan 115,500507--

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