Exclusive Canada Express Entry draws held for Federal Skilled Trades Program

Express Entry draw

In a rare occasion, the Immigration, Refugees and the Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a nomination draw for candidates who qualify under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). The previous draw was held last year in October. 

In the second Express Entry draws in two days, a total of 250 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada were issued to eligible FSTP candidates registered in the Express Entry pool. Yesterday’s all-program Express Entry had an exuberate draw size and covered more categories of skilled workers abroad. 

Any candidate registered in the Express Entry pool is assessed and ranked against one another using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It scores registered candidates on a total of 1200 points that is based on factors such as age, education, work experience and language proficiency. August 6 draw required the FSTP candidates to have a CRS cut-off score of at least 415 in order to be considered for an ITA. 

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Express Entry system and the Federal Skilled Trades Program 

Since its introduction in 2015, the Express Entry system has remained the number one immigration pathway for economic-class immigrants to obtain permanent residence in Canada. It is a federally-managed system for a pool of candidates under three programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skills Trade Program, and the Canada Experience Class. Apart from these, every Canadian province has at least one dedicated stream under its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which is linked to Express Entry pool. 

The FSTP is an exclusive pathway for permanent residence that caters to skilled workers in specific skilled trade. Such candidates would require at least two years of work experience in one of the following trades and occupations:

  • maintenance, equipment operation;
  • industrial, electrical and construction;
  • Control operators in processing, manufacturing, utilities;
  • technical and supervisor jobs in primary sectors like agriculture, mining etc.;
  • chefs; butchers or bakers.


Thanks to FSTP, interested candidates even with low CRS can now obtain permanent residence in Canada. Fill-up this free assessment to know your chances. 


Canada Express Entry draws in 2020

A total of 18 program-specific Express Entry draws were conducted in 2020 in addition to 7 all-program draws. Candidates with provincial nominations are separately selected through PNP-specific draws whereas those with prior work experience in Canada are eligible to receive ITAs in the CEC-specific draws. 


August 6 is only the 7th FSTP draw since 2015. 


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
159 August 6 250 415 (FSTP- specific)
158 August 5 3900 476
157 July 24 3343 445 (CEC-specific)
156 July 22 557 687 (PNP-specific)
155 July 8 3900 478
154 June 25 3508 431 (CEC-specific)
153 June 24 392 696 (PNP-specific)
152 June 11 3551 437 (CEC-specific)
151 June 10 341 743 (PNP-specific)
150 May 28 3515 440 (CEC-specific)
149 May 27 385 757 (PNP-specific)
148 May 15 3371 447 (CEC-specific)
147 May 13 529 718 (PNP-specific)
146 May 1 3311 452 (CEC-specific)
145 April 29 589 692 (PNP-specific)
144 April 16 3782 455 (CEC-specific)
143 April 15 118 808 (PNP-specific)
142 April 9 3294 464 (CEC-specific)
141 April 9 606 698 (PNP-specific)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific)
139 March 18 668 720 (PNP-specific)
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473



Prior to the current travel restrictions, IRCC regularly conducted fortnightly Express Entry. It was modified to program-specific draws to meet the demands imposed due to travel restrictions. Irrespective of all-program draws resuming from July 8, Canada has already issued 61,850 ITAs in 2020. It is the most invitations issued on this day compared to every other year. 

Going forward, CanApprove advises all the aspiring permanent residents to continue planning their immigration as the prospects of settling in Canada is bright in the near future. Talk to our consultants to know your eligibility and various other options such as Business Investors or Entrepreneurs program in Canada. 

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