Justin Trudeau-led Liberal Party’s re-election last October is also a pointer to the likely rise in the admissions targets in 2022 and 2023. The ruling party introduced multi-year immigration targets in 2017, which are rising every year and likely to see new admissions at 350,000 in 2021.

Marco Mendicino, Canada’s new immigration minister, received the Mandate Letter in November last year, which advocates for “modest and responsible” increases to the country’s levels of immigration in the years to come.

Minimum required score

Express Entry candidates are issued with ITAs based on one’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The score is dependent on one’s age, skilled work, education, proficiency in French or English.

The cut-off score for the ITAs draws held in 2019 438 in January and 475 in October, which was significantly high compared to 2017’s score of 413. Small-size draws coupled with IRCC’s decision to extend draw times over two weeks are the reason 2019 had a higher- minimum required score.

A big year for Canada’s PNP

The increasing number of Express Entry candidates who received provincial nomination together with the added 600 points is also a factor in raising the CRS score.

Canada’s PNP targets are continually rising, and provinces, including Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta, are bagging on this to nominate masses of Express Entry candidates. In 2019, Ontario issued 8,996 invitations to Express Entry candidates, up from 6,978 in 2018.

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