IRCC held the first Skilled Trades Express Entry draw of 2024

Author: John Black | | Categories: Express Entry

Skilled Trades Express Entry draw of 2024

On July 4, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the year’s first Skilled Trades Express Entry draw of 2024, targeting candidates working in skilled trades occupations. This significant event marks a pivotal moment for skilled trades professionals seeking to immigrate to Canada.

Highlights of the Skilled Trades Express Entry Draw of 2024

  • Number of Invitations Issued: IRCC issued 1,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in this draw.
  • Round Number: This was round #300 of the Express Entry draws.
  • Cut-off Score: The cut-off score for this draw was 436, which is 11 points higher than the previous draw for this category-based selection.
  • Tie-breaking Rule: The tie-breaking rule was set for July 16, 2023, at 15:44:59 UTC.

As of July 2, 2024, there were 222,547 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool. This pool is continuously updated, and candidates are ranked based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores.

In 2024, Canada has been proactive in inviting skilled workers through the Express Entry system. So far, a total of 46,174 ITAs have been issued across 22 draws. This steady flow of invitations underscores Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled professionals who can contribute to the country’s economy and labor market.

Importance of Skilled Trades in Canada

Skilled trades occupations are crucial for the development and maintenance of Canada’s infrastructure and industries. By holding occupation-specific draws, IRCC aims to address the labor shortages in these vital sectors. This initiative not only benefits the Canadian economy but also provides skilled trades professionals from around the world with the opportunity to build a new life in Canada.

The first Skilled Trades Express Entry draw of 2024 reflects Canada’s ongoing efforts to attract and retain skilled talent. With a higher cut-off score and a significant number of ITAs issued, this draw highlights the competitiveness of the Express Entry system. For aspiring immigrants in the skilled trades, this draw represents a promising opportunity to pursue their dreams of living and working in Canada.

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