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Express Entry in 2024: Results, Trends, and Insights

This page offers a detailed analysis of Canada’s Express Entry system for 2024, providing regular updates on draw results and trends. Our focus will be on delivering precise and insightful information, crucial for understanding the evolving landscape of Canadian immigration and its implications for applicants.

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Express Entry system #287 February 29, 2024

The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted its second Express Entry draw of the week, extending invitations for permanent residence. In this category-specific selection draw, 2,500 candidates with proficient French language skills received invitations to apply (ITAs). To qualify, candidates needed to achieve at least a 336 score on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Express Entry system #286 February 28, 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted draw #286 on February 28th, issuing 1,470 invitations across all Express Entry programs. This general draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 534. The last General draw was on February 13th which invited 1,490 candidates and a CRS cut off of 535.

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Express Entry system #285 February 16, 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted Express Entry Draw #285, targeting the Agriculture and agri-food occupations category. A total of 150 Invitation to Apply (ITAs) were issued to candidates scoring 437 points or above in this specific sector. The draw, which took place on February 16, 2024, highlights IRCC’s focus on addressing labor shortages within Canada’s vital agriculture and agri-food industries by selecting skilled foreign nationals in these fields.

Express Entry system #284 February 14, 2024

The most recent Canadian Express Entry draw, number 284, was conducted, focusing on candidates eligible for category-based selection in Healthcare Occupations. This draw saw a remarkable turnout, with 3,500 candidates being invited to apply. Notably, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was 422, indicating a targeted approach to fulfilling the healthcare sector’s demand for skilled professionals.

Express Entry #283 February 13, 2024

The latest Canadian Express Entry draw #283 and the fourth in 2024, took place on February 13. This draw, encompassing all programs, resulted in 1,490 candidates being invited to apply, with the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score set at 535.

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February 1st Express Entry Draw

7,000 candidates were issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in a category-based selection focused on French language proficiency. This draw required candidates to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 365, marking the lowest minimum CRS score recorded this year. This development highlights IRCC’s ongoing efforts to tailor immigration pathways to meet specific linguistic and skilled workforce needs within Canada.

January 31st Express Entry Draw

On January 31, 2024, during a general Express Entry draw, Canada extended 730 invitations to apply to candidates. To be invited in this round, individuals needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 541 or higher and to rank 730 or above.

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January 23rd Express Entry Draw

In the most recent Express Entry draw, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to a total of 1,040 candidates. This draw was a general one from various Express Entry streams including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). To qualify for this round of invitations, candidates needed to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 543. 

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First Express Entry Draw of 2024

In the first Express Entry draw of 2024, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 1,510 candidates across all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). This general draw required candidates to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 546. This draw follows a busy December 2023, which saw a total of seven Express Entry draws, the most in any month for the year.

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2024 Express Entry Draw Results


Draw Type

Number of ITAs


Feb 29

French Language Proficiency



Feb 28

General Draw



Feb 16

Agriculture Occupations



Feb 14

Healthcare Occupations



Feb 13

General Draw



Feb 1

French Language Proficiency



Jan 31

General Draw



Jan 23

General Draw



Jan 10

General Draw



Category-Based draw

What is Express Entry and How It Works


Express Entry is Canada’s primary system for managing applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. It streamlines the immigration process, offering a faster and more efficient pathway for skilled immigrants to settle in Canada.

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1. Eligibility for Programs and Category-Based Draws: Express Entry handles applications for three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). In addition to these, IRCC has  introduced category-based draws, which target specific groups such as trades occupations, technology professionals, and other sectors, to meet the precise labor market needs in Canada.

2. Creating a Profile: Candidates create an online profile detailing their skills, work experience, language proficiency, education, and other personal information.

3. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS): Profiles are evaluated and assigned a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System, which allocates points for various factors including age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and more.

4. Invitation to Apply (ITA): Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regularly conducts Express Entry draws, inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for permanent residency.

5. Application for Permanent Residence: Upon receiving an ITA, candidates have a set timeframe, typically 60 days, to submit a comprehensive application for permanent residence.

6. Processing: Applications are reviewed by IRCC, with decisions based on the candidates’ eligibility and admissibility.

Renowned for its rapid processing, most Express Entry applications are processed within six months, making it a preferred route for skilled immigrants looking to contribute to Canada’s economy and society.

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Canada By Choice provides professional guidance for navigating the Express Entry system, ensuring clients meet eligibility criteria and optimize their Comprehensive Ranking System scores. Our team assists with application accuracy and completeness, and offers support beyond the Invitation to Apply (ITA), including settlement advice in Canada. Our goal is to facilitate a smooth transition for clients seeking Canadian residency, leveraging our expertise for their success.

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The information in this blog is not to be interpreted or construed as legal advice. Everyone’s immigration goals, objectives and situations are different. Please contact us to speak to a consultant for advice.

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