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Canada invited every CEC candidate in historic EE Draw

Canada invited every single CEC candidate in Saturday Express Entry draw

Further details have been revealed by Canada’s Immigration Department regarding the historic Express Entry Draw #176 wherein a record 27,332 invitations to apply were issued.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], every one of the Express Entry candidates that were eligible for the Canadian Experience Class [CEC] received an invitation in the latest Express Entry draw held on February 13, 2021.


The CEC is for skilled workers that have Canadian work experience and intend taking upCanadian permanent residence.

As part of the basic requirements for the CEC, IRCC states that the candidate “must plan to live outside the province of Quebec”. The province of Quebec has its own procedure for the selection of skilled workers.


The latest federal draw by Canada was also significant in that the ranking score required – that is, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score – was only CRS 75. This was another record for IRCC, with the minimum CRS required being the lowest ever in the history of the Express Entry system.

Nevertheless, despite the minimum score requirement being a mere CRS 75, the ranking score of the CEC candidates that received an invitation to apply for their Canadian permanent residence was an average of CRS 415.

27,332 in a single Express Entry draw by IRCC is around six times more than the previous record of 5,000 ITAs in any federal Express Entry draw.

While a tie-breaking rule was applicable to Express Entry Draw #176 owing it being an administrative requirement, as per reports, IRCC did not actually have to use the tie-breaking rule of September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC.

This implies that there was no CEC-eligible Express Entry candidate in the pool – on February 13, 2021 – that had a CRS 75 or below that had submitted their profile prior to September 12, 2020.


Canada has been prioritizing candidates that were already within Canada, partly with the aim of meeting a high immigration target of 108,500 in 2021 through the Express Entry system, and partly in view of the ongoing travel restrictions.

Despite the COVID-19 situation, Canada still needs immigrants for helping sustain and grow the population.

Canada requires enough workers in the Canadian labour market for filling the gaps left by the retiring baby boomers. Immigration is regarded to be an integral part of the solution to dealing with the labour shortage.

Why Immigration Matters to Canada

Immigrants contribute to the economy and create jobs for Canadians

Immigrants contribute to the Canadian economy by filling gaps in the labour force and paying taxes. Moreover, immigrants boost the local economy through their spending on housing, goods and transportation.

Immigrants to Canada –

Support an aging population Currently, the worker-to-retiree ratio in Canada is 4:1.

By 2035, the ratio will be down to 2:1. Nearly 5 million Canadians are set to retire by 2035.

Meet labour market needs More than 6 in 10 immigrants get selected based on their positive impact on the Canadian economy.

Top 5 occupations of individuals selected through the Express Entry system –

·         Computer programmers

·         Information systems analysts

·         Software engineers and designers

·         Advertising, marketing and public relations professionals

  • Financial auditors and accountants
Fill temporary labour needs Temporary foreign workers are also an integral part of the Canadian workforce.

In 2019, Canada issued around 400,000 temporary work permits.

Sustain Canada’s education system through international students


International students contribute over $21 billion to the Canadian economy annually through student tuition as well as their spending.

Many of such students later choose to immigrate to Canada.

In 2019, while there were 827,586 international students with study permits in Canada, over 58,000 former international students took Canada PR.

Boost trade Many immigrants are entrepreneurial.

In addition to such immigrants creating jobs for Canadians, immigrant-owned businesses also improve trade ties to Canada.

As per the 2016 Census, an increasing number of immigrants were settling in the comparatively smaller and mid-sized communities in Canada.

In 1997, only 1 in 10 economic immigrants settled outside Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario. By 2017, this number had grown to nearly 4 in 10.

Moreover, immigration in Atlantic Canada and the Prairies has more than doubled in the previous 15 years.

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