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Express Entry Draw 276 | 1,000 Invited in Trade Occupations

Published on: December 19th, 2023

The second Express Entry draw for Trade Occupations was just held. Express Entry draw 276 saw a CRS score of 425 and invited 1,000 candidates eligible for category-based selection in specific occupations for this category.

Express Entry Draw 276

Date of Draw: December 19, 2023 at 14:44:00 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 1,000

Minimum CRS: 425

Program Specified: Trade occupations (2023-1)

Tie-breaking rule: November 04, 2023 at 11:16:58 UTC

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Second Draw for Trade Workers

Express Entry draw #276 issued 1,000 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 425. Today’s draw was the second category-specific draw for trade occupations. Meaning that all candidates for this draw were selected from a select number of NOC codes within the Express Entry pool, related to Trade Occupations.

Today’s draw is the second of the week, after the draw #275 in General category held yesterday. Compared to yesterday’s draw, today’s CRS score was 117 points lower, and 300  fewer ITAs were issued. In general, category-specific draws have had a lower CRS cut-off score than the recent all-program draws.

Since the first category-specific draw of 2023, all categories have now taken place. Draws for STEM occupations, Healthcare occupations, French speakers, and now for trades. So far, the category with the bigger number of invitations issued was “STEM occupations (2023-1)” With a total of 5,900 candidates  invited to apply in the #274 draw.

What are the Eligible Trade Occupations For This Draw?

To be eligible for the trade occupation category, you must:

  • Have accumulated, within the past 3 years, at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience)
    • in a single occupation listed in the table below
    • in Canada or abroad
  • Meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round
Occupations2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics724002
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers720142
Electricians (except industrial and power system)722002
Elevator constructors and mechanics724062
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics724022
Machine fitters724052
Residential and commercial installers and servicers732003
Welders and related machine operators721062

What Will Future Express Entry Draws Look Like?

Express Entry will hold different types of draws throughout the year, not just category-based draws. There will be 3 types of rounds:

  1. General round of invitations: General rounds of invitations invites the top-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool who are eligible for 1 of the 3 Express Entry Programs. The 3 programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
  2. Program-specific rounds of invitations: Program-specific rounds invite the top-ranking candidates who are eligible for a specific Express Entry program. For example, the IRCC often has draws specifically for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), where only candidates who are eligible for a PNP are invited.
  3. Category-based rounds of invitations: The Minister of Immigration will establish specific categories to meet specific economic goals across Canada. Once the categories are established, the top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for this category will receive an invitation.

How Can I Apply for Express Entry?

Express Entry is a system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for Canadian permanent residency. Express Entry uses a point-based system, the CRS, to rank candidates’ profiles.

Applying to Express Entry is a two-step procedure. The first step is to submit your profile with the required documents. Required documents usually consist of language test results, educational credentials, and passport or travel documentation.

After you submit a profile and receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, you can submit your complete application for the IRCC to review. Your complete application should include supporting documents such as reference letters, additional identity documents, police clearance certificates, and results of a medical examination.


Previous Express Entry Draws

Check here the full list of the Express entry draws that were held this year:

DrawDateCategoryNumber of ITAsCRS Cut OffTie-Breaking Rule
297May 31, 2024Canadian Experience Class3,000522March 19, 2024 at 18:58:58 UTC
296May 30, 2024Provincial Nominee Program2,985676January 19, 2024 at 18:32:21 UTC
295April 24, 2024French language proficiency1,400410April 07, 2024 at 02:06:46 UTC
294April 23, 2024General2,095529November 08, 2023 at 17:50:29 UTC
293April 11, 2024STEM occupations (2024-1)4,500491February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC
292April 10, 2024General1,280549March 21, 2024 at 03:37:24 UTC
291March 26, 2024French language proficiency 1,500388March 10, 2024 at 20:06:26 UTC
290March 25, 2024General1,980524February 25, 2024 at 14:42:38 UTC
289March 13, 2024Transport occupations 975430July 31, 2023 at 13:27:26 UTC
288March 12, 2024General2,850525March 12, 2024 at 15:56:42 UTC
287February 29, 2024French language proficiency 2,500336January 18, 2024 at 09:15:46 UTC
286February 28, 2024General1,470534January 16, 2024 at 03:51:05 UTC
285February 16, 2024Agriculture and agri-food occupations 150437January 29, 2024 at 03:32:58 UTC
284February 14, 2024Healthcare occupations 3,500422January 30, 2024 at 02:39:54 UTC
283February 13, 2024General1,490535February 11, 2024 at 15:26:56 UTC
282February 1, 2024French language proficiency 7,000365September 08, 2023 at 09:47:27 UTC
281January 31, 2024General730541July 15, 2023 at 10:52:08 UTC
280January 23, 2024General1,040543January 21, 2024 at 07:43:47 UTC
279January 10, 2024General1,510546December 31, 2023 at 18:23:22 UTC


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