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All About Canada Express Entry Latest Draw

By February 10, 2024 July 3rd, 2024 No Comments

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced the express entry draws, which means there will be additional opportunities for permanent residency in Canada. A total of 1,040 candidates were invited in this general draw, with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 543. The January 23, 2024 draw stands out as a pivotal moment, reflecting Canada’s ongoing commitment to welcoming skilled talent from across the globe. 

It’s worth mentioning that Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada plays a significant role in facilitating the arrival of immigrants and offers various programs allowing them to settle in Canada. This blog will navigate the latest Canada Express Entry Draw and discuss how it fits into the broader landscape of Canadian immigration. 

Decoding the Gateway to Canadian Dreams: Overview of Express Entry System

The Express Entry system offers a direct pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled workers. With the help of a Comprehensive Ranking System, the government assesses applicants based on various factors, which include work experience, language ability, education, and others. However, preference will be given to those individuals who demonstrate the potential to enhance Canada’s economic prosperity. 

The Canadian government introduced the initial pathway to immigration via Express Entry in June 2023. Such an expansion includes regular “standard” Express Entry and category-based draws to help the federal government address specific labour market challenges. Besides this, the government has been actively introducing various changes and updates over the years to enhance the system, such as adjustments to the Comprehensive Ranking System criteria and modifying program requirements to streamline their application process. 

Deciphering the Dynamics: Insights into the Express Entry Draw

The first draw of 2024 took place on January 10, 2024, under which 1,510 candidates from all Express Entry-managed programs were invited to apply for permanent residence, with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement of 546​. There was no program specified for this draw, demonstrating that invitations to apply could be extended to candidates from various streams such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

It’s important to highlight that Canada recently drew for the second “General” category for 2024, allowing 1,040 candidates to apply for permanent residency with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 534. Notably, this draw is designed for all Express Entry-managed programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program, without emphasizing specific occupations or human capital factors. 

Furthermore, IRCC reaffirmed its commitment to this approach, announcing that there will be no changes to the category-based selection process within the year. The following are the six critical sectors for the target candidates: 

  1. Strong French proficiency 
  2. Healthcare occupations 
  3. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  4. Trades occupations including carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  5. Transport occupations
  6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

The categories were developed following consultations with IRCC stakeholders, including provincial and territorial governments, settlement services, Canadian businesses, and employers. Candidates with these attributes must be in the application pool under one of the three Express Entry-managed programs to be considered.

When it comes to Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026, such a draw allows the government to meet its target of admitting up to 110,770 new permanent residents to Canada in 2024 alone. In addition, the country aims to issue enough ITAs to help meet the 2025 admissions target of 117,500, and most of these invitations will be issued in 2024 as it takes IRCC up to six months to process an Express Entry application. 


For aspiring immigrants, staying informed about Canada Express Entry draws is imperative. Each draw offers unique insights into Canada’s immigration priorities and the competitive landscape of the Express Entry pool. For those aiming to settle in Canada, understanding these trends can help strategize their applications to increase their chances of success. Additionally, you can also rely upon legal professionals such as Immigratioway, who can assist you in navigating the challenges of the immigration process. With years of experience and a team of seasoned lawyers, we are committed to offering personalized guidance that enables you to attain your immigration goals efficiently and effectively.