IRCC held the first category-based Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations

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Express Entry draw for agriculture

On September 28, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the first category-based Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations and issued 600 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates.

In round #267, the cut-off score was the record low for 2023 – 354 points. 

The tie-breaking rule for this round was June 12, 2023, at 10:23:21 UTC. 

As of September 26, 2023, there were 214,000 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool. 

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This year, Canada issued 86,048 ITAs through the Express Entry draws.

About the Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food workers

On September 27, 2023, Canada announced the first round of invitations for agriculture and agri-food occupations through category-based selection under Express Entry. This draw focuses on candidates with experience in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, including: 

  • agricultural service contractors, 
  • farm supervisors, and 
  • butchers. 

Canada’s Express Entry system is now tailored to provide a streamlined pathway for individuals with expertise in critical fields. By prioritizing skilled newcomers with work experience in agriculture and agri-food jobs, the government aims to meet the increasing demand for talent and fill critical positions in farming and food processing. The category-based selection rounds and general and program-specific invitation rounds will continue throughout the year

About the Express Entry category-based selection

On May 31, 2023, the Government of Canada launched a category-based selection for Express Entry, allowing IRCC to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language ability.  This year, invitations will focus on candidates with strong French language proficiency or experience in: 

  • healthcare, 
  • STEM professions, 
  • trades, 
  • transport, 
  • agriculture, and 
  • agri-food.

Category-based selection supports Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled workers into communities nationwide. Click here to complete details about Express Entry Category base selection. 

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