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Canada invites 500 skilled trades candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Latest Express Entry draw invites 500 skilled trades candidates

In the latest Express Entry draw held May 15th, Canada issued invitations to apply (ITA) to 500 Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score as low as 332. The program-specific draw was the first since September 24, 2018, to target candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class, which is open to foreign nationals with a certificate of qualification that proves they are qualified to work in a skilled trade occupation in Canada OR an eligible offer of employment in Canada.


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The Federal Skilled Trades Class is one of three economic-class immigration programs managed by the federal Express Entry system, with the other two being the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class. The Express System also manages certain aspects of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Required skilled work experience for the Federal Skilled Trades Class falls under the following categories of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
  • Minor Group 632: Chefs and cooks
  • Minor Group 633: Butchers and bakers

Unlike regular Express Entry draws, program-specific draws tend to be based on lower scores. The cut-off score for this FSTC draw was 332, which was 106 points lower than the lowest cut-off score this year in the general all-program Express Entry draw, which was 438.


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Results: Rounds of invitations

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – May 15, 2019

Program specified to Federal Skilled Trades Class

See full text of Ministerial Instruction

Number of invitations issued: 500Footnote*

Rank required to be invited to apply: 500th or above


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Date and time of round: May 15, 2019 at 11:23:38 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 332

Tie-breaking rule: August 29, 2018 at 8:32:03 UTC

  • If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

Candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades Program, were eligible for this round of invitations.

See previous rounds

CRS score rangeNumber of candidates
601-1,200317
451-6001,668
401-45035,654
441-4505,360
431-4409,621
421-4306,486
411-4206,751
401-4107,436
351-40040,196
391-4007,137
381-3908,550
371-3808,280
361-3708,341
351-3607,888
301-35023,109
0-3003,568
Total104,512

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.


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The table numbers in italics are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.

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