IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Canada conducted its 21st Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 2,772 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 435.

What does the change mean? The number of invitations dipped slightly, but the low minimum qualifying score of 435 indicates that a wide array of candidates is being invited to apply for permanent residence.

Background: There have been 21 draws so far this year:

Date Invitations Minimum Score
Jan. 3 2,902 468
Jan. 11 3,334 459
Jan. 25 3,508 453
Feb. 8 3,664 447
Feb. 22 3,611 441
March 1 3,884 434
March 24 3,749 441
April 5 3,753 431
April 12 3,923 423
April 19 3,665 415
May 4 3,796 423
May 17 3,687 415
May 25* 143 775
May 25** 400 199
May 31 3,877 413
June 28 3,409 449
July 12 3,202 440
Aug. 2 3,264 441
Aug. 9 2,991 433
Aug. 23 3,035 434
Sept. 6 2,772 435

*PNP nominees only

**Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants only.

BAL Analysis: Canada is continuing its broad trend of issuing a high number of invitations for permanent residency per draw. So far this year, the government has issued roughly 66,500 invitations, more than the number of invitations issued in 2016 and 2015 combined.