First Canadian Express Entry Draw of 2023- Invited 5,500 Candidates
The Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the first Canadian Express Entry draw of 2023 on January 11th, 2023 and issued 5,500 ITAs to eligible candidates.
It’s the first draw since November 23rd, 2022 and saw a jump in CRS score requirement of 507. This can be due to the accumulation of PR applications in the pool while the EE draws were paused.
Draw Date: 11-January-2023
Number of Invitations Issued: 5,500
Minimum CRS Requirement: 507
Program Specified: All Programs
Tie-breaking rule: December 06, 2022 11:00:07 UTC
Canada Immigration Targets for 2023-2025
Due to critical labour market shortages, Canada came up with an ambitious 2023-2025 immigration level plan to help businesses find skilled workers. The plan aims at attracting the skills required to meet labour shortages at key sectors, like healthcare, manufacturing, skilled trades, and technology.
In a span of three years, Canada will increase the number of new immigrants, i.e., 465,000 newcomers in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. Express Entry draws are going to be critical to help Canada reach the set targets and welcome new immigrants as permanent residents across different sectors.
The new plan is also aiming to increase regional programs to better fulfil targeted local labour market shortages, via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).