How you can expect Express Entry to change in 2023

Vimal Sivakumar
Published: November 12, 2022

Express Entry is simply the name of Canada’s online system used to cumulatively manage skilled worker applications from three different programs — the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Express Entry is also Canada’s main method for bringing international skilled workers to this country through permanent residence.

Get a Free Express Entry Assessment

Accordingly, it is important that we share the proposed alterations expected to be implemented with Express Entry as soon as Q1 2023.

How is Express Entry changing?

As the country vies to better address the specific labour shortages and needs of Canada’s economy, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has shared its intention to begin conducting targeted Express Entry draws beginning in 2023.

These Express Entry draws, possible due to the recently passed Bill C-19, will intentionally target candidates based on their occupation, language and/or education to find the Canadian permanent residence (PR) hopefuls that best help Canada grow and thrive.

According to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the current Express Entry all-program draws do not satisfactorily help Canada bring in foreign nationals who best align with the country’s most in-demand skills and qualifications.

Undecided as of the time of writing on the specific occupational, language, or educational credential categories that it will use to inform the structure of these new draws, IRCC says that it will “consult a wide range of stakeholders to inform new categories in Express Entry” to ultimately decide on the details of the new format.

What does this mean?

For the moment, IRCC will continue conducting Express Entry draws as usual. Once every approximately two weeks, a dynamic number of invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian PR will be given out to applicants who applied through any of the three Express Entry programs — the CEC, the FSWP and/or the FSTP — based on their CRS scores.

CRS scores have long been Canada’s key driver for choosing Express Entry candidates. These scores are currently used to rank Canadian immigration hopefuls based on several factors — including, but not limited to age, official language proficiency and Canadian work experience — and ITAs are sent out accordingly.

As early as Q1 2023, however, the Express Entry system will transition away from a focus on CRS scores and conduct draws that allow Canada to welcome immigrants that help the country better focus on addressing specific areas of labour market need and weakness.

The end goal of these targeted draws is to strengthen Canada’s labour market and hopefully “see a potential increase of retention rates [amongst people who settle in specific communities] because people are coming in where they know they have opportunities because that was the basis of their invitation to apply”, according to Minister Fraser.

Get a Free Express Entry Assessment

© CIC News All Rights Reserved. Visit to discover your Canadian immigration options.

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at
Related articles
How some Express Entry candidates may benefit from category-based selection draws
Business people smiling and having a meeting in the office.
How do Express Entry draws in 2024 compare to 2023?
A man sitting at a table looking intently at his laptop.
Moving to Canada Soon? A Pre-Arrival Checklist to Help You Prepare
By being prepared and well-organized in advance you can arrive in Canada feeling more confident.
Canada invites 3,000 Canadian Experience Class candidates in latest Express Entry draw
Canada has issued ITAs to more Express Entry candidates.
Top Stories
Canada’s immigration system proposes changes to the PGWP
The top three universities in Canada according to the 2025 QS World University Rankings
Live Webinar: A Clear Path to Academic Achievement in Canada Redefined
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
More in Live Webinar
Live Webinar: A Clear Path to Academic Achievement in Canada Redefined
Attain a great score on your language assessment and increase your chances of admission to a Canadian university.
Watch the Webinar: Finding your first job in Canada
While the prospect of finding employment before arriving in Canada may seem overwhelming, we're here to help and provide useful tips that may help you along this journey.
Watch the Webinar: CAEL – Test Structure and Strategies to Help You Ace the Speaking Component
Watch the Webinar: Tax Tips for Newcomers
Filing Taxes
Link copied to clipboard