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Express Entry : Significant changes are coming

Équipe Immétis - 06/20/2023


Express Entry is one of the immigration pathways to settle in Canada. The program allows invited candidates to apply for permanent residency.

This program enables candidates to immigrate to all provinces in Canada, except for Quebec.

It is divided into three main categories:

  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

Under this system, candidates are assigned points based on specific criteria such as education, proficiency in French and English, etc. They then enter a pool with other immigration candidates.

At regular intervals, federal authorities conduct draws and invite candidates with the highest scores from the pool to submit their applications.


The Canadian government has recently announced the launch of a new candidate selection system in the summer of 2023. To address labor shortages in Canada, new invitation rounds based on sets will be implemented.

The aim is to invite candidates with trades and professions that correspond to Canada's labor needs.

Work experience in the following fields will be favored in the upcoming invitation rounds based on sets:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture and agri-food

It is important to note that these new rounds will be in addition to the rounds that include all programs and/or specific programs.


Canada aims to continue developing Francophone communities in all provinces except Quebec to increase French language proficiency rates.

French proficiency, which already provides additional points under Express Entry, will be one of the more specifically considered criteria during rounds based on sets.

However, French proficiency should be at an advanced level, meaning candidates should be perfectly bilingual in French.

In other words, all else being equal, a French-speaking worker with a professional level of English will have a higher chance of selection compared to a worker who only speaks English.

More information on how to apply, as well as the invitation schedule under this new selection system, should be available in the coming weeks.

The use of masculine language is solely for brevity. This article discusses recent news that is subject to change at any time. The latest update was made on June 7, 2023.

This article contains general information regarding immigration, is intended to provide a general understanding of the terms and does not constitute legal advice. For complete legal advice, contact our professionals.

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