Canada Issues 4,500 Invitations in Largest STEM-Specific Express Entry Draw to Date

Canada Issues 4,500 Invitations in Largest STEM-Specific Express Entry Draw to Date

In a major development for Canada’s skilled immigration program, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held the largest-ever Express Entry draw targeting candidates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The draw, which took place on April 11th, 2024, saw IRCC issue an impressive 4,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates who had declared a STEM occupation in their profiles. This is the highest number of STEM-specific ITAs issued in a single draw since the government began holding these targeted rounds.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to receive an invitation in this draw was 491 points – a slight increase from the previous STEM-focused draw in January 2024, which had a cut-off of 480 points.

By significantly ramping up the number of invitations issued, the government is making a bold statement about the importance of shoring up the country’s STEM labor force.

Details from the April 11th, 2024 STEM-focused Express Entry draw:

  • Invitations issued: 4,500
  • Minimum CRS score: 491
  • Program selected: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class
  • Tie-breaking rule: February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC

The decision to hold this large-scale STEM-specific draw comes as Canada continues to grapple with skills gaps and labor shortages in key technology sectors. Recent labor market data has shown acute demand for STEM professionals across industries, from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to renewable energy and biotechnology.

With plans for additional STEM-focused Express Entry draws throughout 2024, skilled immigrants with backgrounds in these in-demand fields will want to ensure their profiles are up-to-date and ready for consideration. Staying informed on the latest program changes and draw details will be crucial for those looking to maximize their chances of receiving an ITA.

Summary of all the Express Entry draw in March 2024

To date, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a cumulative total of 7,305 invitations across four Express Entry draws held in March 2024

DescriptionMarch 26, 2024March 25, 2024March 13, 2024March 12, 2024
Draw typeTargeted draw for profiles with high proficiency in FrenchGeneral or all program drawsTargeted draw for 10 transport occupationsGeneral or all program draws
CRS Cutoff388524430525
Tie-breaking ruleMarch 10, 2024 at 20:06:26 UTCFebruary 25, 2024 at 14:42:38 UTCJuly 31, 2023 at 13:27:26 UTCMarch 12, 2024 at 15:56:42 UTC

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations

NOC CodeOccupation
20010Engineering managers
20011Architecture and science managers
20012Computer and information systems managers
21201Landscape Architects
21202Urban and land use planners
21203Land surveyors
21210Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211Data scientists
21220Cybersecurity specialists
21221Business systems specialists
21222Information systems specialists
21223Database analysts and data administrators
21230Computer systems developers and programmers
21231Software engineers and designers
21232Software developers and programmers
21233Web designers
21234Web developers and programmers
21300Civil Engineers
21310Electrical and electronics engineers
21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21321Industrial and manufacturing engineers
21322Metallurgical and materials engineers
41400Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

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