Canada published Express Entry Year-End Report 2022

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Express Entry Year-End Report 2022

On September 25, 2023, the Government of Canada published the Express Entry Year-End Report 2022. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the Express Entry, which was launched in January 2015, and is Canada’s flagship application management system for three federal high-skilled permanent economic immigration programs:

  • the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • the Canadian experience class (CEC)

It also manages a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Express Entry is an effective tool for bringing in workers with the skills and training required to meet Canada’s growing economic needs and address labor market shortages.

Express Entry Year-End Report 2022

As the Government published the Express Entry Year-End Report for 2022, there were: 

  • 428,391 Express Entry profiles were submitted, a 3% decrease from 2021 but a 19% increase from 2020. 
  • At least 74% of the profiles were eligible for one of the immigration programs managed by Express Entry, with no change from 2021. 
  • Men submitted more profiles (238,382) than women (189,881), with the proportion unchanged at 56% and 44%, respectively. 
  • The ratio of eligible profiles remained the same for men (71%) from 2020 to 2022, but there was a slight increase for women in 2022 (78%).

Express Entry Draws overview

Changes to Express Entry in 2022

IRCC adopted the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system, created by Employment and Social Development Canada and Statistics Canada, on November 16, 2022. The NOC is used by the IRCC to develop and assess occupational eligibility criteria for various immigration programs. NOC 2021 made structural adjustments by replacing skill-level groups with categories for Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibility (TEER). With the implementation of the NOC 2021, 16 new jobs were eligible under the FSWP and CEC, as well as eight new occupations under the FSTP. 

Under the FSWP and CEC, 16 new occupations were eligible, while the FSTP added 8 new occupations.

Among these are, but are not limited to, a number of in-demand jobs such as

  • transport truck drivers
  • bus drivers
  • teaching assistants
  • several occupations in the health field

About the Comprehensive Ranking System

Most Express Entry profile submissions in 2022 were made by people with CRS scores between 301 and 500. The CRS serves as a basis for the EE application management system. A CRS score is made up of two parts: core points and bonus points. These criteria help in assessing an applicant’s probability of success in the Canadian employment market. A candidate’s maximum CRS score is 1,200 points – 600 points for the core component and 600 points for the bonus points component. All information submitted at the profile submission stage to generate a CRS score is self-reported and must be backed with sufficient proof from the candidate at the application stage, or the application may be declined. The person’s human capital attributes (e.g., age, education, official language proficiency, work experience) are assessed under the core points.

Overview of the ITAs issued by language proficiency in 2022

In general, those with stronger first official language proficiency received more ITAs in 2022, according to their Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) score. The following table lists the number of ITAs awarded to applicants at each CLB/NCLC level in 2022, in order of score:

  • CLB/NCLC 4: 7 ITAs issued
  • CLB/NCLC 5: 817 ITAs issued
  • CLB/NCLC 6: 2,094 ITAs issued
  • CLB/NCLC 7: 9,444 ITAs issued
  • CLB/NCLC 8: 8,709 ITAs issued
  • CLB/NCLC 9: 15,587 ITAs issued
  • CLB/NCLC 10: 9,881 ITAs issued

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