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Express Entry Draw 285 | 150 Invited in Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations

Published on: February 16th, 2024
The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held. Express Entry draw 285 saw a CRS Lowest score of 437 and invited 150 candidates in the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations category draw.

Express Entry Draw 285

Date of Draw: February 16, 2024 at 15:18:05 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 150

Minimum CRS: 437

Program Specified: Agriculture and agri-food occupations (2023-1)

Tie-breaking rule: January 29, 2024 at 03:32:58 UTC

Do you qualify for Express Entry?

Canada’s Express Entry system is tailored to streamline and efficiently accommodate individuals with expertise in critical fields. By prioritizing the invitation of skilled newcomers with work experience in Agriculture and agri-food jobs, Canada aims to meet the increasing demand for talent and fill key positions that contribute significantly to the nation’s farming and food processing operations.

Addressing Labor Shortages and Bolstering the Agri-Food Sector

Under the category-based selection system introduced on May 31, 2023, the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations aims to combat labour shortages and enhance Canada’s economic goals by welcoming candidates with specific work experience in the field.

Welcoming Skilled Talent to Power Agricultural Growth

The focus is on attracting candidates with experience in this sector, including agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and retail and wholesale butchers, to meet the growing demand for skilled talent nationwide.

These category-based selection rounds ran throughout 2023, in parallel with general and program-specific invitation rounds. Canada’s commitment to attracting top global talent and supporting the economy by meeting the need for agriculture and agri-food workers is evident in this significant step forward.


First Draw for Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations in 2024

Today’s draw was is the first of the year draw for Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations.

The draw #285 issued 150 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 437. Meaning that all candidates for this draw were selected from specific occupations of the industry within the Express Entry pool.

Compared to the two draws conducted in 2023, this draw featured a higher qualifying score, significantly reducing the number of invitations issued to candidates with occupations in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

Eligibility for This Category

To be eligible for Agriculture and agri-food occupations you must:

  • Have accumulated 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 provided table within the past 3 years.
  • This experience could be gained in Canada or abroad.
  • Fulfill all requirements detailed in the instructions for each specific round.

Full eligibility details can be found in the instructions provided for each round of invitations.

Which are the Eligible Agriculture and agri-food occupations?

Occupations2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services820312
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors820302
Butchers- retail and wholesale632013

All-Program Draws

Express Entry program holds different types of draws throughout the year, not just category-based draws. There are 3 types of rounds:

  1. General round of invitations: This type 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), 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 established specific categories to meet specific economic goals across Canada during 2023. The top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for each category draw 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
305July 18, 2024French language proficiency (Version 1)1,800400March 08, 2024 at 19:51:40 UTC
304July 17, 2024Canadian Experience Class6,300515February 03, 2024 at 13:01:06 UTC
303July 16, 2024Provincial Nominee Program1,391670May 04, 2024 at 13:27:31 UTC
302July 8, 2024French language proficiency (Version 1)3,200420May 30, 2024 at 03:37:43 UTC
301July 5, 2024Healthcare occupations (Version 1)3,750445May 07, 2024 at 21:27:04 UTC
300July 4, 2024Trade occupations (Version 1)1,800436July 16, 2023 at 15:44:59 UTC
299July 2, 2024Provincial Nominee Program920739February 02, 2024 at 11:38:43 UTC
298June 19, 2024Provincial Nominee Program1,499663January 19, 2024 at 10:10:40 UTC
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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