Canada held a specific-niche draw on May 15, 2019, inviting 500 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Unlike the other Express Entry draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held this draw specifically for the Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates.

The 117th Express Entry draw targeted specific candidates from the Express Entry pool resulting into a major drop in the minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score. The minimum CRS score for the draw was 332, which is 118 points less than the CRS score for the last draw held on May 1, 2019.

The immigration categories managed by Express Entry system includes the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. However, in this draw, Federal Skilled Trade Class candidates who possess the required certificate of qualification for skilled trade or a job offer are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

The skill set certificate or job offer should be in accordance with one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) of Canada:

  • Industrial, electrical and construction trades (72)
  • Maintenance and equipment operation trades (73)
  • Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production (82)
  • Processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators (92)
  • Chefs and Cooks (632)
  • Butchers and Bakers (633)

Once again, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-break rule for the draw held on May 15. The tie-break was set on August 29, 2018, at 8:32:03 UTC. This means ITAs will be issued to the Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates having a CRS score above 332 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time.

Similar to the previous Express Entry draws, in this niche-specific draw the eligible candidates received a CRS score out of a maximum 1,200 points based on factors like age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited by IRCC to apply for Canadian permanent residence via Express Entry draws.

Prior to the May 15, 2019 draw, a program specific draw was held on September 24, 2018. The Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada often conduct niche-specific draws keeping in view the labor market needs. Such draws facilitate candidates with low CRS score to become eligible for an ITA.

Express Entry Draw 2019

DrawMinimum Required CRS ScoreDate of DrawITAs Issued
117332*(Only Federal Trade Skill Candidates )May 15, 2019500
116450May 01, 20193,350
115451April 17, 20193,350
114451April 03, 20193,350
113452March 20, 20193,350
112454March 6, 20193,350
111457February 20, 20193,350
110438January 30, 20193,350
109443January 23, 20193,900
108449January 10, 20193,900

In 2019, the Alberta province has issued invitations to apply to candidates under specific streams with CRS score of 300. Besides, Atlantic Province of Nova Scotia and Ontario has also invited candidates for permanent residence in Canada with CRS score of 400 and 350 respectively through their Provincial Nominee Program.


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