The country is seeking to welcome 465,000 immigrants in 2023, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, in order to address the labour shortage crisis.
The goal is to welcome 485,000 new immigrants in 2024 and 500,000 new immigrants in 2025, for a total of nearly 1.5 million new immigrants over the following three years. Interestingly, by now it has issued invites to nearly 60,000 candidates only through Express Entry draws.
Canada is likely to invite even more immigrants in the second half of the year, and the immigration ministry recently unveiled its tech talent strategy. IRCC has already started its category-based draws this month.
Moreover, Canada had earlier noted that it is likely to invite one million immigrants through PNP route this year.
The number of invites issued to immigrants till now
In January, Canada held two express entry draws and a total of 11,000 ITAs were issued during the first two draws. The CRS scores for the two draws were 507 and 491.
Next month Canada invited 3,300 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 489.
In march as many as 21,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence were issued. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score dropped to 481.
In April, IRCC issued 7,000 ITAs with a CRS score of 483.
In the thirteenth Express Entry draw of 2023, IRCC invited 4,800 candidates to apply through an all-program draw with a CSR score of 488.
IRCC invited 4,800 candidates in an all-program draw. Candidates are required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486.
Last week, Canada held an Express Entry draw for the fourth day in a row with a special emphasis on the French category. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw, which included 2,300 individuals with good French language skills, was 439, the lowest possible score out of 2023.