Canada Express Entry in 2021
What does 2021 hold for Express Entry? What draws have happened so far this year and what might this mean for the future? Read on to find out.
On October 30th 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published its new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan which set out its aim to admit 401,000, 411,000 and 421,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 2022, and 2023 respectively.
Those targets cover all immigration, so to get a more accurate idea of what Express Entry numbers might look like in 2021 we should focus only on the targets set for economic class immigration. For 2021 the target for economic class immigration set by IRCC is between 153,600 and 208,500.
Using 2019 data as a baseline, to meet the 2021 immigration target (18% greater than 2019) there would need to be around 100,604 ITAs issued in 2021, an increase of 15,304 over 2019.
Draws so far in 2021
So far in 2021, there have been five Express Entry draws – all for specific immigration programs.
654 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invites on 10 February, 4,626 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates invited on 21st Jan, 374 PNP invites on January 20th, 4,750 CEC candidates on January 7th and 250 PNP invites on January 6th.
Those draws are for specific programs only, not the all-programs draws that are - or at least were, up until now! - more common. For those Express Entry draws covering all immigration programs, the average CRS cut off from the last 5 draws is 471.2 (as of December 23rd 2020, - the last all-programs draw).
All eyes should be on the first all-programs draw of 2021 to see what it could mean for Express Entry for the rest of the year. Watch this space!
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Andrew is editor of Canada for Newbies.