Exclusive Interview: Minister Discusses Canada Express Entry Reforms

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Immigration Minister was in Toronto to speak at Collision, one of the world’s largest technology conferences. There he gave an exclusive interview to CIC News discussing various changes in the Canada Express Entry system and creating more immigration pathways for foreign workers and students.


Minister discussed the new Bill C-19 which is currently in consideration in the Senate. The new bill, if passed, will allow Canada to invite Express Entry candidates based on an economic goal.

The new authorities would allow IRCC to include selection factors that would support Canada’s labor needs based on sector, region, and language competencies. The minister said that in doing so, Canada would be able to select more immigrants who are already primed for success in the labor market.

The goal is really to maximize the contribution that a newcomer can make in their communities so they’re set up for success when they arrive, but also that they’re going to meet the needs of the community where they’re going to reside,” Fraser said.

I expect we’re going to see a potential increase of retention rates have opened up because people are coming in where they know they have opportunities because that was the basis of their invitation to apply.”

All-Program Canada Express Entry Draws Resume from July 06

Canada is also resuming FSWP draws from July 06.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) paused Canada Express Entry invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates in December 2020 amid the pandemic.

One of the latest reports from World Education Services (WES) suggests strong demand for FSWP draws. Most candidates who are eligible to qualify under it will go ahead with the Canadian immigration process despite the uncertainty created by the pandemic.

Since September 2021, ITAs for Canada PR were also stopped for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. The return to all-program draws from July 06 will be welcome for FSWP, FSTP, and CEC candidates alike.

How to apply for PR via Canada Express Entry?

Eligible candidates upload need to create an online profile on the official website. The profiles are then awarded scores based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It factors in human capital characteristics such as age, education, language skills, and work experience.

When all-program draws resumes, IRCC is expected to invite those profiles with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residence.

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