On May 12, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new Express Entry invitation round. In draw #186, IRCC invited candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program. IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 557 provincial candidates, and the lowest score in this draw was 752 points, 35 points more than in the previous PNP-specific draw. The tie-breaking rule for this round April 29, 2021 at 10:18:12 UTC. As of May 10, 2021, there were 167,581 profiles in the system, 422 more compared to the previous update. In total, Canada invited 62,328 candidates to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry in 2021.