Express Entry manages the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
The Express Entry pool evaluates candidates based on factors such as work experience, occupation, language ability, education, and age. In the application pool, they are ranked alongside other candidates based on their Comprehensive Ranking System score. Invitations to apply are most likely to be sent to candidates with the highest scores.
The IRCC introduced new category-based selection criteria on May 31, 2023 that emphasize specific attributes rather than solely relying on the CRS score. Express Entry candidates now fall into six categories:
– Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
– Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
– Agriculture and agri-food
– Strong French-language proficiency
In addition to promoting French outside Quebec, these categories were selected to help fill urgent labour force gaps. As a result, French-speaking immigrants will have a better chance of having their application accepted in many Canadian provinces and will be able to more easily transition into the Canadian workforce. This will also help ensure that French remains a valuable language in Canada for generations to come.