Express Entry: Canada had it’s first ever draw for transport occupations

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held its second Express Entry draw this week.

On September 20, IRCC invited 1,000 candidates in transport occupations to apply for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was 435.

On September 19, IRCC also issued 3,200 invitations to candidates in an all-program  draw. The minimum CRS score was 531.

First-ever Express Entry draw for transport occupations

Today’s draw was the first-ever category-based selection draw for Express Entry candidates with work-experience in a transport occupation. IRCC is targeting transport occupations due to an urgent labour shortage within this sector.

“The transportation sector is crucial to our economy, and if we want to keep things moving, we need to invest in the people that move travelers and transport our goods,” says Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez. “With this new initiative, we are helping address a critical skills shortage while also attracting new, talented people to communities across Canada. Truck drivers, pilots, aviation mechanical engineers and seafarers play a critical role in our economy and Canadians’ lives. Filling vacancies in these professions will boost economic growth and create stronger and more resilient supply chains.”

There were more Express Entry draws this summer than in previous years due to the introduction of category-based selection rounds of invitations. However, until this week a draw has not taken place since August 15 in which 4,300 candidates received ITAs in an all-program draw. IRCC has not provided an explanation for the pause in draws.

Summary of Express Entry draw results since June 2023

Date Program Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
September 20 Transport occupations 1,000 435
September 19 All-program 3,200 531
Aug 15 All-program 4,300 496
Aug 3 Trade occupations 1,500 388
Aug 2 French language proficiency 800 435
Aug 1 All-program 2,000 517
July 12 French language proficiency 3,800 375
July 11 All-program 800 505
July 7 French language proficiency 2,300 439
July 6 Healthcare occupations 1500 463
July 5 STEM occupations 500 486
July 4 All-program 700 511
June 28 Healthcare occupations 500 476
June 27 All-program 4,300 486
June 8 All-program 4,800 486

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