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How will Canada Express Entry change in 2023?

Canada Express Entry will change in 2023

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser wants to bring more targeted skills to Canada. He says that the current Express Entry all-program draws do not satisfactorily help Canada bring in foreign nationals who best align with the country’s most in-demand skills and qualifications.

The CRS Score has long been the key tool that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses to select candidates to invite for PR from the Express Entry pool. The CRS Score is based on several factors — including, but not limited to age, official language proficiency and Canadian work experience.

Canada uses the Express Entry immigration pool draws system to manage permanent residence (PR) applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

Typically, IRCC) conducts Express Entry immigration pool draws approximately every two weeks.

In each draw, IRCC issues candidates from the Express Entry immigration pool an Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian PR. Importantly, only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS Score points in the pool get ITAs.

You can check any Express Entry draw here at Canada Express Entry draws – Latest Report.

After IRCC approves your application and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

How Express Entry will Change in 2023

Canada announced on November 3 that it will launch a new program in 2023 targeting skilled workers based on skills and regional demand. See Canada to launch new program targeting skilled workers based on skills and regional demand.

As early as Q1 2023, the Express Entry system will transition away from a focus on CRS Score. Instead IRCC will conduct draws that allow Canada to welcome immigrants that help the country better focus on addressing specific areas of labour market need and weakness.

Essentially the new program will target skilled immigrants to cherry pick applicants with the most in-demand skills for the regions of the country that most need workers.

The goal is to enable IRCC to filter for specific skills and sectors, or for people who express strong desire to move to specific regions.

For example, one of the new program’s key focus areas will be on recruiting more doctors and nurses. As such, Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser encourage all regions to facilitate programs that make it easier for health workers to validate their foreign credentials and start practicing when they arrive.

Canada’s healthcare system suffered under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and a nursing shortage. But the country has also struggled to accredit healthcare workers once they arrive, meaning many foreign-trained doctors and nurses do not end up working in their field.

Another focus is building dwelling homes. Canada already faces a housing shortage. And as immigration levels ramp up to record highs, questions are mounting on where the newcomers will live.

Immigration Minister Fraser said the government would focus on welcoming more skilled construction workers to help build new housing supply and on selecting newcomers for areas with the “absorptive capacity” to take them.

Eligibility for Express Entry immigration pool draws

In order to enter the federal Express Entry immigration pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry pool draws profile on IRCC website.

As well, you must meet the eligibility requirements for one of three programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry immigration pool. However, additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points are awarded to those who already have a job.

A total of 1,200 CRS points is available. Out of that, 600 points are available for a job offer or a nomination under any of Canada’s Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).

A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Canada’s job vacancy level is at all time high

Canada is struggling with an acute shortage of workers aggravated by the COVID pandemic. The most recent job vacancy data showed there were 958,500 open roles in Canada in August 2022. As well, the Canadian population is ageing and the birth rate is declining.

See also Canada announced dramatic increases to Canada’s immigration levels and Canada to spend Millions on immigration to spark economic recovery.

On November 1, Canada announced plans to welcome an unprecedented 1.45 million immigrants over the next three years under Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. The Plan targets 465,000 newcomers in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.

Then on November 4, Canada further announced that it will spend $1.6 billion over six years and $315 million a year after that in order to meet or exceed the Plan. The fund will focus on improving application processing and settlement of new immigrants.