Targeted Express Entry draws will be held by Canada in early 2023

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IRCC expects to implement Express Entry reforms in the first quarter of next year.

Targeted Express Entry draws will be held by Canada in early 2023. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is planning to start holding Express Entry draws for candidates based on labour market goals in the first quarter of 2023, a spokesperson says.

“The Department is planning to consult a wide range of stakeholders to inform new categories in Express Entry, as required by the legislation, and is preparing for technical implementation in the first quarter of 2023,” IRCC said in an email to CIC News. The new legislation also states the minister must engage in a public consultation process and report the draw details, including the economic goals, to parliament annually. The recently passed Bill C-19 allows the immigration minister to invite Express Entry candidates based on criteria that support regional economic needs.

Why change Express Entry?

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser explained in a recent CIC News interview that the Express Entry system, without the amendments, does not allow for IRCC to tailor Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to meet in-demand skills or qualifications.

“If you’re in a circumstance where you have an abundance of applications that are all in one particular sector, and that sector doesn’t have high needs in Canada the Express Entry system as it exists today, is likely to bring in people that might not be perfectly matched to the needs of the Canadian economy,” Fraser said.

IRCC demonstrated throughout the pandemic that it can invite as many candidates as it wants in any program it wants, as we saw throughout the pandemic.

All-program draws continue in the meantime :

On July 6, IRCC held its first all-program draw since December 2020, which means candidates were invited regardless of which Express Entry-managed program they were eligible for.

A total of 1,500 candidates were invited, and the minimum CRS score was 557.

The next Express Entry draw is expected to take place on July 20.

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