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From 2023 Express Entry Draws, IRCC Will Send ITAs Based on the Candidate’s Occupations Instead of the CRS Score

Fri Dec 23, 2022

From 2023 Express Entry Draws, IRCC Will Send ITAs
Based on the Candidate’s Occupations Instead of the CRS
Score

Canada is on the verge of implementing a major change in their
immigration policy on how Express Entry candidates will be sent
ITAs from as early as the 2023 first quarter draws.
Starting in 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will hold Express
Entry draws based on certain qualifications rather than their total CRS score, according to a
source. Bill C-19, which received Royal Assent on June 23, gives the immigration minister
the power to invite candidates with any in-demand abilities or abilities.
According to immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the new changes to the Express Entry
program would make it easier for the country to find and choose candidates who are already
en route to economic growth and success.
The minister also said that there is room for improvement in the Express Entry program,
although it affords Canada a competitive advantage over the immigration programs of other
countries.
According to IRCC, the Bill is a new way to allow the country to select and invite Express
Entry candidates on the basis of new parameters, which would also help the minsters
economic goals for the country and its growing economy.
Who is going to be invited?
There is no confirmation till the news is published as to who will be getting the ITAs. The
minister stated that he would actively work with business councils, provinces, and other
stakeholders to discuss and assess the best candidates to send the ITAs.
The new authority vested upon the minister by the Bill now enables the country to invite
Express Entry candidates according to the most challenging economic needs of the country
and labour shortages at the moment.
For example, right now, one of the most stressed sectors due to labour shortages is healthcare.
The challenge is twofold—the lack of qualified professionals and the essential nature of the
sector. According to a report, the rate of job vacancies in the sector was around 6%.
Although the government has made arrangements to meet the labour shortage by taking
measures to remove limitations for internationally trained medical professionals already in
the country and the Foreign Credential Recognition Program that the government announced
recently, the labour shortage is still on.
Even then, it may be possible that the future Express Entry draws may only consider
healthcare professionals to fill the vacancies in the country’s reeling healthcare sector due to
labour shortage.

What persuaded the systems to change?
There are two major reasons for the country’s labor shortage. One is an ageing population,
and the other is the low rate of birth. By 2023, over 9 million Canadian workers will reach the
age of 65, which is when they retire. To make it even worse, there are not enough young
people in Canada to fill the labour gap these retirements will create.
This is also why the country constantly and rigorously relies on migration to keep the
economy growing and meet its vacancies.
The country is on its way to admit as many as 500,000 immigrants by 2023-25 to grow and
maintain its workforce.