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Canada has conducted another occupations-based Express Entry draw, issuing 150 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the agriculture and agri-food occupations category.

The February 16 draw saw a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 437 points – 15 points higher than the occupations draw before that, which was conducted on February 14, 2024, and had a minimum CRS score of 422 points.

The February 14 draw was a Healthcare occupations draw that issued a whopping 3,500 ITAs.

The last draw targeting Agriculture and agri-food occupations was held on December 21, 2023, and issued 400 ITAs with a minimum CRS of 386.

Last year, Canada conducted the following draws:

  • 19 all-program draws
  • Five PNP draws
  • Six draws targeted at French speakers
  • Three draws targeted at healthcare occupations
  • Two draws targeted at STEM occupations
  • Two draws targeted at skilled trades
  • Two draws targeted at transport jobs
  • Two draws targeted at agriculture and agri-food occupations
  • One draw targeted at Federal Skilled Worker candidates

Of the seven draws conducted till now in 2024, four have been all-program draws, one has been a French language proficiency draw, and two have been occupational category draws.

IRCC issued 110,266 ITAs in 2023, after inviting 45,115 candidates in the whole of 2022.

IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, to all Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.

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Canada had a record immigration target of 465,000 for 2023, which it plans to surpass by setting the target of 485,000 permanent residency invites in 2024.

The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on January 28, 2024, at 10:32 pm EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

This was the 7th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2024 and 285th overall.

Candidates have a 60-day window to submit their applications, which will be processed within the six-month standard.

What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?

Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to ensure long-term retention of employees.

At we provide Canadian employers with unparalleled immigration legal services and recruitment of foreign nationals through our in-house We bring qualified candidates to Canada in the shortest time possible. Employers in a wide range of industries can directly benefit from our unique position as one of Canada’s leading immigration firms in the industry, with a strong online presence, to meet both their recruitment and immigration requirements.

Interested employers wishing to seek our assistance are invited to contact us here for further information.

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What Should Candidates Do Next?

Securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended as one of the best pathways to guaranteeing an ITA in the next round of invitations.

Find out whether you qualify for Canada by completing our free online evaluation. We will provide you with your evaluation results within 1-2 business days.


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