Canada announced the launch of category-based draws for Express Entry System

by Rajneesh Kumar Published on 06/Jun/2023
category-based draws for Express Entry System


Canadian government is in process to form an immigration system that acts as a facilitator of development, empowering businesses, help meet labour market requirements and reinforce French communities. All these steps will ensure Canadians benefit from economic and social success in years to come. The latest update to Canada immigration, ensures all of the above-mentioned.

Category-based draws for Express Entry

On May 31, 2023, Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced the first-ever launch of category-based invitation rounds for the federal Express Entry. 

The Category-based selection will allow Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to issue invitations to apply to potential permanent residents with precise skills, training or language proficiency. More details regarding the timing of ITAs (Invitations to Apply) for separate categories and how to apply will be announced in the coming weeks.

Categories to be invited in 2023

This year, category-based Express entry draws will focus on candidates who have:

A strong French language proficiency or

Work experience in the below fields:

  • healthcare
  • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
  • transport
  • agriculture and Agri-food

Category-based invitation rounds will make EE system extra responsive to Canada’s changing economic and labour market requirement, at the same time consolidating on high human capital approach that has been a promise of Canada’s successful economic immigration system. These primacies sustain the focus on bringing in skilled professionals with the capability to integrate and contribute to Canada’s growth and development.

Speaking about new measure, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said, 

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages. These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities. Put simply, Canada’s immigration system has never been more responsive to the country’s social or economic needs.”

It’s good news for the Canada immigration aspirants with low CRS score, however, experience in one of the mentioned occupations, as category based draws will certainly enhance their chances of getting ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canadian PR visa.


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