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In 2023, who is most likely to get an ITA through Express Entry?

More information about the human capital profiles of people who received an Express Entry invitation between January and September 2023 can be found in newly released data from the Government of Canada.

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53,455 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were sent out by Canada to candidates for Express Entry during this time.

The ITAs that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued in Express Entry draws held throughout October are not included in the data. In October, 9,173 more ITAs were issued.

To display the number of ITAs by program, province, Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, age, and occupation, the numbers are divided into multiple categories.

Candidates for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are screened via the application management system Express Entry. Additionally, it oversees a section of the PNP, or Provincial Nominee Program.

Although the qualifying requirements for each program vary, all applicants are assessed and ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System, which gives points for a candidate's human capital characteristics like age, education, work experience, and language proficiency.

Candidates for Express Entry who have been nominated through the PNP are also taken into account in the data. An Express Entry candidate's profile gains an automatic 600 CRS points upon receiving a provincial nomination.

In general, CEC candidates in their twenties who are employed as software engineers and who currently reside in Ontario or plan to do so are the most likely to be awarded an ITA, based only on the data that is currently available.

Program-specific invitations for Express Entry

The majority of ITAs were given to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class in the first nine months of 2023. All CEC candidates meet the language proficiency requirements of the IRCC and have at least one year of qualifying work experience in Canada. 23,910 CEC candidates in total (or almost 45% of all ITAs) were given an ITA.

Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program received the third-highest number of ITAs, at 13,655 (roughly 26% of all ITAs), while candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Program received the second-most, at 15,855 (roughly 30% of all ITAs).

In the FSTP, no ITAs were given to candidates.

Top occupations:

The professions that obtained the greatest ITAs for each program showed some overlap. For the next three programs, among the top five occupations were software engineers:

Canadian Experience Class:

  • Software engineers and designers: 1,725

  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers: 1,745

  • Information systems analysts and consultants: 1,375

  • CEC Food Service Supervisors: 1,240

  • Administrative assistants: 855

Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • Financial auditors and accountants: 650

  • Dentists: 570

  • Software engineers and designers: 565

  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations: 505

  • Database analysts and data administrators: 420

Provincial Nominee Program

  • Other occupations: 970

  • Software engineers and designers: 820

  • Information systems analysts and consultants: 615

  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers: 595

  • Welders and related machine operators: 420

Invitations based on CRS Scores:

26,070 candidates, or roughly half of the total, had CRS scores between 451 and 500, while 11,640 candidates had scores between 501 and 600.

Just 225 applicants for Express Entry who scored between 601 and 700 and 60 who scored between 701 and 800 were given an ITA. An additional 790 received scores between 801 and 900.

Remarkably, more than 7,7550 candidates for Express Entry had CRS scores ranging from 901 to 1,000, and more than 5,040 had scores exceeding 1,000. Getting a provincial nomination is the only way to achieve a CRS score of roughly 600, which is equivalent to 600 of the 1,200 CRS points that an Express Entry candidate can potentially earn.

Invitations from the province:

Over 50% of all applicants for Express Entry were either residents of Ontario or planned to move there. 31,550 ITAs were given to these candidates, according to the data.

With 10, 655 ITAs, British Columbia had the second-highest total, while 5,280 ITAs were awarded to candidates in Alberta.

1,595 ITAs were sent to Nova Scotia. The remaining provinces were all below 1,500.

Age-based invitations:

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Ages 19 to 29 accounted for the majority of candidates who received an ITA. 28,970 candidates in their twenties were awarded ITAs in total.

Twenty-six hundred and five more people in their thirties were invited to apply. Fewer than 4,000 applicants who were 40 years of age or older received ITAs.

Younger applicants receive a higher CRS score from the IRCC because, according to Statistics Canada's longitudinal analysis, they have more time to adjust to life in Canada and the labour market.

According to Statistics Canada research, one of the best indicators of an immigrant's ability to integrate into the labour market is their age. Younger arrivals typically have more time to become fluent in French and/or English, obtain Canadian work experience, and build a professional network in Canada. One 20–29-year-old Express Entry candidate earns 110 CRS points. One candidate, who is 19 years old, is awarded 105 points.


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