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Express Entry Draw # 302 on July 8th issued 3,200 invitations in a draw targeting French language proficiency candidates in unexpected draw.

Latest Express Entry Draws Updates


What is an Express Entry Draw?

An Express Entry draw is the process used by conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to select profiles from the Express Entry pool and invite them to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

During an Express Entry draw, IRCC selects candidates from the Express Entry pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and other factors, like work experience or language proficiency. Those who meet or exceed the CRS score cutoff set for that particular draw are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency.

Here is a complete breakdown of Express Entry draws since they were introduced in 2015:

Express Entry Draws Results

Draw #DateNumber of invitations to apply issuedMinimum CRS points requiredCategory
Draw #302Jul 83,200420French
Draw #301Jul 53,750445Healthcare
Draw #300Jul 4 436Trades
Draw #299Jul 21800739PNP
Draw #298Jun 191499663PNP
Draw #297May 313000522CEC
Draw #296May 302985676PNP
Draw #295Apr 241400410French
Draw #294Apr 232095529--
Draw #293Apr 114500491STEM
Draw #292Apr 101280549--
Draw #291Mar 261500388French
Draw #290Mar 251980524--
Draw #289Mar 13975430Transportation
Draw #288Mar 122850525--
Draw # 287Feb 292500336French
Draw # 286Feb 281470534--
Draw # 285Feb 16150437Agriculture
Draw # 284Feb 143500422Healthcare
Draw # 283Feb 131490535--
Draw # 282Feb 17000365French
Draw # 281Jan 31730541--
Draw # 280Jan 231040543--
Draw # 279Jan 101510546--

Why Is The CRS Score So High For Express Entry?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores for Express Entry have remained high through 2024 due to several key factors.

Firstly, category-based draws, which have seen significant allocations of invitations for 2024, contribute to maintaining high CRS cut offs.

Second, there are high numbers of temporary residents within Canada, many of whom are eligible for Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), further intensifying competition.

Third, Canada remains a top destination for newcomers, which drives strong demand for Express Entry. We can see the high demand for Express Entry in the candidate pool results.

Together, these factors are pushing the CRS cut off up in 2024.

When Will The Express Entry CRS Drop For General Draws?

With a total of 524 points, the general draw of March 25 marked the lowest CRS cut-off in 2024. Although the score increased to 549 on April 10, the draw of April 23 saw a return to lower scores with a cut-off of 529.

It’s important to remember that to get above the 500s in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requires some additional points, such as those given with a validated job offer or a nomination in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

With newly-released Express Entry data, we know that most Express Entry candidates got permanent residency through the PNP in 2023. This finding further suggests how having a PNP nomination can be a boon toward ones application for permanent residency.

In this general draw, at least 1,093 candidates had scores over 600, which likely indicates a PNP nomination which gives candidates an automatic bonus of 600 points. This means 187 candidates with scores between 501-600 were invited. There are 12,051 candidates within this CRS range in the Express Entry system pool on April 9, 2024, which indicates that there may be a significant number of Express Entry candidates (around 9,000) with scores between 501 and 548 in the pool currently.

Candidates can get additional points by having a provincial nomination from a PNP nomination, a qualifying job offer, bilingualism in English and French, or others.

What is the recent trend in Express Entry Draws?

From the 23 draws so far in 2024, 9 were general, all program draws, 10 were category-based draws, 3 PNP and 1 CEC. The last few draws have focused on PNP and CEC applicants which could show a new trend emerging.

What can we expect from future Express Entry Draws?

Express Entry categories 2024 will remain the same.

IRCC has issued an email update stating that it will maintain the same Express Entry categories in 2024, rolling the 2023 categories over.

The six Express Entry categories include: French language, healthcare workers, STEM workers, transportation workers, trades workers, and workers in agriculture and agrifood.

According to an internal IRCC memo, in 2024, priority will be given to the French proficiency category, with 30% of ITA’s going to those eligible for the French proficiency category, 25% will go to STEM occupations and 15% will go to Healthcare occupations. The remaining 30% will be divided between Trade occupations (5%), Transportation occupations (3%), Agricutural and Agri-food occupations (0.5%) and General draws (IRCC has not committed to a target for general draws the remaining 21.5% will likely go towards general draws).

Learn more about the specific occupations on Moving2Canada’s dedicated category-based Express Entry draw webpage.

Which Express Entry category is IRCC using most often?

Since Express Entry category-based draws were introduced last summer, more invitations have been issued under the French language category draws. This dwarfs any other category, with the healthcare category in second place.

Canada recently increased its goal for francophone immigration outside Quebec, from 4.4 percent to 8 percent of all permanent residents. Canada’s immigration objectives extend beyond mere economic, with societal, nation-building goals also top of mind in Ottawa. Also, it is entirely possible for a candidate with French ability to also be a STEM, healthcare, or trades professional; regardless of which category, or none, candidates are invited through, they all have proven experience in skilled employment in some form or another.

We wrote about IRCC’s allocation of ITAs in 2024 in more depth.

Latest CRS Score Distribution in the Express Entry pool- How does yours compare?

The following table shows the recent distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool. As of July 2, 2024, there were a total of 222,547 candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Express Entry CRS Distribution Graph (6)

For more tips on how your CRS score compares, check out our analysis of the current Express Entry pool.





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:

What is the 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
  • Category-based: 336 points in a French draw

What is the highest CRS score cut-off in any Express Entry draw:

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

Express Entry Draw FAQs

How do Express Entry Draws work?

Once an applicant enter the Express Entry system, they are given a CRS score. Applicants are selected from the Express Entry pool during Express Entry draws, where IRCC issue invitations to apply (ITA) to candidates with the highest ranking CRS score.

How do IRCC determine the CRS cut off for each draw?

The CRS cut off is determined by the number of Express Entry profiles IRCC wish to issue an ITA to in the draw. Once they have determined the number of ITA’s they wish to issue, they simply invite that number starting with the highest ranking applicants and going down the list. The CRS cut off becomes the CRS cut off score the last invited applicant.

How do I calculate my Express Entry CRS score?

The CRS score for Express Entry is calculated based on factors such as skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other criteria. Moving 2 Canada’s CRS calculator will offer you a comprehensive and personalized breakdown of your points based on those key factors.

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

When is the next Express Entry draw predicted?

IRCC does not publish a date for the next Express Entry draw therefore it is not possible to know for certain when the next Express Entry draw will take place.

How often do Express Entry Draws happen?

Express Entry draws are less predictable that they once were. With the introduction of category- based draws, IRCC conduct multiple draws throughout the week, but tend to group the draws together to have one week of draws and one week without draws.

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.

What time of the day do Express Entry Draws happen?

Like the frequency of draws, the time of day draws happen varies. IRCC use universal time, and general conduct draws in the afternoon.

What is the minimum score for Express Entry?

There is no minimum score needed to enter the Express Entry pool. Anyone, irrespective of their CRS can enter the Express Entry pool so long as they are eligible for an immigration program that uses the Express Entry pool. The only points requirement is that required to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW). Applicants who wish to immigrate through the FSW program must be able to demonstrate they score at least 67 points in the FSW eligibility grid.

What is the cut off score for Canada PR (Permanent residence)?

Express Entry profiles are selected from the Express Entry pool based on their CRS score. The CRS cut off score depends on the specific draw. For all program draws, the cut off will likely be around 500 whereas for category- based draws, the cut off can be substantially lower than this depending on the category. For example, French speakers in the Express Entry pool may be selected with a CRS cut off as low as 375.

What is the largest Express Entry draw?

The largest Express Entry draw took place on February 13th 2021 and saw 27,332 Canadian Experience Class applicants receive and ITA. The CRS cut off for this draw was 75. This draws remains the largest draw ever to have taken place and also holds the title of the lowest CRS score ever invited.

Will Canadian Experience Class or CEC draws continue?

With the introductions of category based Express Entry draws, IRCC will still hold program specific draws targeting applicants who qualify under a certain immigration program. This means that they will likely continue to hold Canadian Experience Class or CEC draws from the Express entry pool although it is not clear when the next CEC draw will take place. The last CEC draw took place on the 14th September 2021 and selected CEC applicants with a CRS of at least 462. Since this draw, IRCC have focused on all program draws, category based draws and provincial nominee program draws.

What to do if you receive an Express Entry invitation?

If you are invited, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This is your chance to apply for Canadian immigration.

You have 60 days to respond to your ITA. Once you have submitted an application, you may receive a decision on your application at any time. IRCC’s standard is six months, but it may take more or less time.

If you are approved, you will get a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). Then it’s just a matter of following IRCC’s instructions to officially become a permanent resident of Canada!

To see if you are eligible for Express Entry, take the free Canada Immigration Quiz.


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Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (R511564) with nearly 15 years of licenced Canadian Immigration experience, gained after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in the UK. She specializes in Canadian immigration at Moving2Canada.
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