Will April’s Express Entry draws surpass the record-setting March numbers?

April Express Entry Draw

What is Express Entry 

Express Entry is an application system that offers skilled workers from around the world a pathway to permanent residency in Canada. It manages three federal economic immigration programs: 

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program 
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program and 
  • The Canadian Experience Class 

Workers qualified for any of the above three programs can submit their profiles and be entered into the Express Entry pool. Here, candidates are picked based on points scored on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). 

Canadian provinces can also recruit workers in the Express Entry pool through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs. 

The Comprehensive Ranking System 

The criteria under the CRS and the maximum points available under each factor are as follows: 


Maximum points 

Core/ human capital factors  With a spouse/partner  Without a spouse 
Age  100  110 
Level of education  140  150 
Language proficiency  150  160 
Canadian work experience  70  80 
Spouse or common-law partner factors 
Level of education  10 
Official language proficiency  20 
Canadian work experience  10 
A + B maximum points  500 
Skill Transferability factors 
Strong language proficiency and post-secondary degree  50 
Canadian work experience and post-secondary degree  50 
Strong language proficiency and foreign work experience  50 
Canadian work experience and foreign work experience  50 
Strong language proficiency and Certificate of qualification  50 
Maximum   100 
Additional points 
Brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident  15 
French language skills  50 
Post-secondary education in Canada  30 
Arranged employment in TEER 0 Major group 00  200 
Arranged employment in NOC TEER 1, 2, 3 or any TEER 0 other than Major group 00  50 
Provincial nominee  600 
Maximum  600 
Grand total  1200 points 

 Canada’s Immigration goals for 2023 

The IRCC’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025 plans to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023. This includes 82,880 new admissions under the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class, and 105,500 under the Provincial Nominee Program. 

Express Entry draws in March 2023 

The IRCC issued a total of 21,667 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) across four draws in March.  

The March 15 draw surpassed the IRCC’s previous record for the largest all-program draw in its history, with 7000 ITAs issued. The IRCC also followed up with two consecutive draws matching March 15’s record numbers. 

The score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited for each draw was as follows: 

Date  Invitations issued  Lowest CRS score 
March 1, 2023  667  748 
March 15, 2023  7000  490 
March 23, 2023  7000  484 
March 29, 2023  7000  481 

 Express Entry numbers in April compared to March 

April’s numbers have fallen off compared to the 7000 ITAs issued across two draws in March. The numbers and the CRS scores of the lowest-ranked candidate invited are as follows: 

Date  Invitations issued  Lowest CRS score 
April 12, 2023  3500  486 
April 26, 2023  3500  483 

April’s numbers are unlikely to surpass those of March. The IRCC is already looking to implement targeted Express Entry draws within the first quarter of 2023 to address the shortages in specific occupations classified by their NOC codes. This could mean that a candidate’s occupation, language and education could play a major role in being issued an ITA rather than their CRS scores alone. 

Janggoulal Sitlhou

Janggoulal Sitlhou

Janggoulal Sitlhou is a content writer with SettleCanada. He is a Political Sciences graduate and a keen follower of international affairs and contemporary history. He has a background in publishing and regularly dabbles in writing and game development projects. Janggoulal currently writes on issues related to Canadian Immigration.