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Express Entry Draw 282| 7,000 Invited in French Language Category

Published on: February 1st, 2024
Last updated: March 28th, 2024

The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held. Express Entry draw 282 saw the Lowest CRS score of 365 and invited 7,000 candidates eligible for category-based selection for French-language proficiency.


Express Entry Draw 282

Date of Draw: February 01, 2024 at 16:36:01 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 7,000

Minimum CRS: 365

Program Specified: French language proficiency (2023-1)

Tie-breaking rule: September 08, 2023 at 09:47:27 UTC

First Draw for French Speakers in 2024

Express Entry draw #282 issued 7,000 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 365. This draw was category-specific, targeting candidates with French language proficiency. This means that all candidates selected in today’s draw had indicated and met the minimum French language requirements in their Express Entry profiles.

Why Are French Language Skills Important in Canada?

In recent years, the Canadian government has been stepping up its efforts to attract French-speaking immigrants to communities across Canada. To encourage continued francophone immigration growth, the government has set a target for francophone immigrants settling outside Quebec for the upcoming years.

The push for increased francophone immigration is largely due to declining French-speaking populations across Canada. According to Statistics Canada, the percentage of Canadians who speak predominantly French at home fell to 19.2 percent in 2021 from 20 percent in 2016. In fact, the proportion of French speakers has declined in nearly all areas of Canada, including Quebec.

The Official Languages Action Plan 2023-2028 allocates $137.2 million over a five-year period to promote Francophone immigration to Canada. This initiative introduces measures across the immigration continuum, including the implementation of a novel Francophone immigration policy. This funding is an additional investment, complementing the ongoing support of $84.3 million from prior action plans.

On September 12, 2023, the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities in Canada reiterated their stance, urging the government to adopt an ambitious target for French-speaking admissions. They proposed a goal of 12% in 2024, with a minimum threshold of 10%, and a target of 20% by 2036.


Who Qualifies for this French Speaking Category?

According to the IRCC, to qualify for this category you must:

  • have French-language test results that show a minimum score of 7 in all 4 language abilities on the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens
  • meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round

All requirements for each category can be viewed on the Canadian government’s website.

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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.

Number of Candidates in the Current Express Entry Pool

The IRCC updates the number of people in the Express Entry pool a few days before an invitation round takes place. Numbers change as new profiles are submitted, profiles expire or are issued an ITA.

As of today the composition of the Express Entry pool is:

CRS Score RangeNumber of Candidates
UpdatedMay30, 2024


Will Express Entry Still Hold All-Program Draws?

Express Entry holds different types of draws, not just category-based draws. There are three types of rounds:

  1. General round of invitations (all-program draws): General rounds of invitations invite 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), the 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.


Latest Express Entry Draw for All categories!

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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