Draws are still proceeding, despite the pandemic. However, processing times are much, much slower as a result of the pandemic.
If you are planning immigrating to Canada, or changing your status to permanent, you are most likely using or going to be using Express Entry, the way skilled workers immigrate to Canada. This page contains the current distribution of CRS scores in the Express Entry pool. Find your range below and see how many candidates you are competing with.
The draws normally cap out at a maximum of 3,000 candidates but since summer 2018 the draws have been higher with the the draws in autumn 2018 at 3,900 candidates, only a few candidates below the all time high. In 2019 the draws dropped slightly to 3,350-3,600 candidates per draw but 2020 saw four all-time high draws of 5000 candidates.
And then, without warning, in February 2021, a draw of 27,332 canadidates, but Canadian Experience Class only.
We believe the Canadian government is trying to give everyone stuck in Canada due to the pandemic the opportunity to apply for PR if they qualify.
Normally, if there are at least 3,000 candidates in the pool with scores higher than your own, you need a better score. You owe it to yourself to figure out how you get more than 450 points. See this page for an in-depth explanation of how the score is calculated. See these other articles on how to improve your CRS score so you get an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
- Credentials Assessment for Express Entry
- Improving Your Language Test Scores for Express Entry
- Common Mistakes when Applying for Express Entry
- Canadian Headhunters Get You More Points
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 8, 2021*
Find your current score on the left and see how many competitors you have on the right. Green means good (few to none), yellow means poor (many), red means bad (too many). Where this is not colour to the font at all, it indicates that there is no chance of getting selected, though those applying for Federal Skilled Trades at these levels still have a chance.
*The source page at IRCC's website has not been updated since February 8, that means the data is possibly off by 27,00 candidates or so. Next month we will have more accurate numbers.
|CRS Score Range||Number of Candidates|
|601-1200||603 (+420 candidates since January 4)|
|501-600||1027 (+754 candidates since January 4)|
|451-500||26,177 (+1,711 canadidates since January 4)|
|491-500||603 (+372 candidates since January 4)|
|481-490||1,555 (+1,069 candidates since January 4)|
|471-480||3,823 (+2,689 candidates since January 4)|
|461-470||9,047 (-1,617 candidates since January 4)|
|451-460||11,149 (-389 candidates since January 4)|
|401-450 total||47,731 total (+2,911 candidates since December January 4)|
|There Hasn't Been a Regular (Non-Program Specific) Draw with This Low a Threshold Since May 2019|
|441-450||11,371 (+611 candidates since January 4)|
|431-440||11,352 (+649 candidates since January 4)|
|There Hasn't Been a REGULAR (NON-FST) Draw with This Low a Threshold Since January 2019|
|421-430||7,818 (+335 candidates since January 4)|
|411-420||8,079 (+288 candidates since January 4)|
|Candidates with scores below this threshold have only ever been invited for the Federal Skilled Trades-only draws in May/November 2017, May/September 2018 and May/September 2019 and Canadien Experience Class in February 2021 ONLY|
|401-410||9,111 (+310 candidates since January 4)|
|351-400 total||48,585 total (+713 candidates since January 4)|
|301-350 Total||25,297 total (+394 since January 4)|
|0-300||3,260 total (+34 since January 4)|
|Total||152,714 total (+6,219 since January 4*)|
*Of course, we don't know if it's actually 125,328 candidates, or it's higher than that. (That depends upon how many new applicants there are.)
The total number of applicants in the pool is now nearly150,000. That's bad news for candidates with scores lower than the lowest historical cut offs. The cut off score of 75 for the draw on February 13, 2021 is rare and may never happen again. It's a weird circumstance, due to the pandemic, and we have no idea if this will ever happen again. Also, these applicants were all Canadian Experience Class, meaning they have work experience in Canada.
So if you're applying from abroad, this doesn't apply to you and you need to have scores above 450 (or even 470) like candidates have needed for years.
There is only one thing to do now, for those who have scores below 450 who want to immigrate to Canada: do everything you can to make sure your score is 460 or higher for draws going forward. Beyond getting a nomination from a province or getting a job offer, we have other suggestions as to how you can improve your score below:
- Get Accredited for Canada
- Avoid Common Errors
- Improve Your Language Skills
- Prove Your Language Skills
- Find How to Improve Your Score in Other Ways
Express Entry Historical Points Cutoffs by Draw