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Express Entry Draws

Introduced in 2015, Canada’s Express Entry system organizes immigration applications for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). To be considered for these programs, a candidate first submits an Express Entry profile to the pool of candidates. All Express Entry profiles are ranked against one another through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which assigns each candidate a CRS score out of 1200 points.

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Approximately every two weeks, the Canadian government conducts an Express Entry draw. Each draw has a CRS cut-off score, which represents the CRS score of the lowest-ranking candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Once a candidate receives an ITA, they are given 60 days to complete and submit an official electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR).

Most Recent Express Entry Draws

Below are the results from the most recent rounds of invitations issued during Express Entry draws:

DrawDateNumber of ITAsCRS Cut OffTie-Breaking Rule
11320 March 20193,3504527 February 2019
1126 March 20193,35045411 February 2019
11120 February 20193,3504576 December 2018
11030 January 20193,35043826 April 2018
10923 January 20193,9004432 January 2019
10810 January 20193,9004492 January 2019
10719 December 20183,9004396 February 2018
10612 December 20183,90044528 November 2018
10528 November 20183,90044522 October 2018
10415 November 20183,90044916 September 2018
10329 October 20183,90044216 October 2018
10215 October 20183,90044018 September 2018
1013 October 20183,9004452 October 2018
10024 September 2018400 (Federal Skilled Trades Specific Draw)28418 February 2018
9918 September 20183,5004416 September 2018
985 September 20183,90044029 April 2018
9722 August 20183,75044021 February 2018
968 August 20183,75044031 January 2018
9525 July 20183,75044131 December 2017
9411 July 20183,75044226 June 2018
9325 June 20183,75044228 January 2018
9213 June 20183,75045121 July 2017
9130 May 2018*700288*PNP and FST only
9023 May 2018350044030 December 2017
899 May 2018350044112 December 2017
8825 April 201835004418 December 2017
8711 April 2018350044426 March 2018
8626 March 2018300044623 February 2018
8514 March 201830004563 March 2018
8421 February 2018300044211 February 2018
837 February 2018300044229 May 2017
8224 January 2018275044417 January 2018
8110 January 2018275044618 November 2017
8020 December 201727504462 October 2017
796 December 2017275045216 November 2017
7815 November 2017275043919 October 2017
778 November 2017200045823 October 2017
761 November 2017505241n/a
751 November 2017290673n/a
7418 October 20172757436n/a
734 October 20172801438n/a
7220 September 20172871433n/a
716 September 20172772435n/a
7023 August 20173035434n/a
699 August 20172991433n/a
682 August 20173264441n/a
6712 July 20173202440n/a
6628 June 20173409449n/a
6531 May 20173877413n/a
6426 May 2017400199n/a
6326 May 2017143775n/a
6219 May 20173687415n/a
614 May 20173796423n/a
6019 April 20173665415n/a
5912 April 20173923423n/a
585 April 20173753431n/a
5724 March 20173749441n/a
561 March 20173884434n/a
5522 February 20173611441n/a
548 February 20173664447n/a
5325 January 20173508453n/a
5211 January 20173334459n/a
514 January 20172902468n/a
5022 December 20162878475n/a
4916 December 20161936497n/a
4830 November 2016559786n/a
4716 November 20162427470n/a
462 November 20162080472n/a
4519 October 20161518484n/a
4412 October 20161518484n/a
4321 September 20161288483n/a
427 September 20161000491n/a
4124 August 2016750538n/a
4010 August 2016754490n/a
3927 July 2016755488n/a
3813 July 2016747482n/a
3729 June 2016773482n/a
3615 June 2016752488n/a
351 June 2016762483n/a
3418 May 2016763484n/a
336 May 2016799534n/a
3220 April 20161018468n/a
316 April 2016954470n/a
3023 March 20161014470n/a
299 March 20161013473n/a
2824 February 20161484453n/a
2710 February 20161505459n/a
2627 January 20161468457n/a
2513 January 20161518453n/a
246 January 20161463461n/a
2318 December 20151503460n/a
224 December 20151451461n/a
2127 November 20151559472n/a
2013 November 20151506484n/a
1923 October 20151502489n/a
182 October 20151530450n/a
1718 September 20151545450n/a
168 September 20151517459n/a
1521 August 20151523456n/a
147 August 20151402471n/a
1317 July 20151581451n/a
1210 July 20151516463n/a
1126 June 20151575469n/a
1012 June 20151501482n/a
922 May 20151361755n/a
817 April 2015715453n/a
710 April 2015925469n/a
627 March 20151637453n/a
520 March 20151620481n/a
427 February 20151187735n/a
320 February 2015849808n/a
27 February 2015779818n/a
131 January 2015779886n/a

Tie Breaking Rule: In the event that multiple candidates score at the CRS cut-off score, IRCC makes use of the tie-breaking rule to better control the number of ITAs issued in each draw. Only candidates who score at or above the CRS cut-off score and submitted a profile before the tie-breaking rule will be issued an ITA. The tie-breaking rule was only instituted in November, 2017.

Composition of the Express Entry Pool

IRCC published information regarding the composition of the Express Entry pool in the days shortly before each draw. Below is the CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool:

CRS Score RangeNumber of Candidates
601-1200209
451-6001,981
401-45033,234
441-4502,829
431-4409,236
421-4306,649
411-4206,931
401-4107,589
351-40039,717
391-4007,179
381-3908,330
371-3808,251
361-3708,170
351-3607,787
301-35022,876
0-3003,402
TOTAL101,419
Updated14 March 2019

Improving the CRS Score

If a candidate’s CRS score is significantly lower than the minimum cut-off in the pool, they should consider trying to improve their score. For more information on improving ranking, please refer to Canadim’s guidelines for improving the CRS score and ranking.

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