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 majority of candidates in the pool have scores under 400 points, but no draw cut-off for all candidates has been lower than 400 points, and there hasn't been a cut-off lower than 430 points in a draw open to all candidates since May of 2017 (that's basically two years ago now). The draws used to cap out at a maximum of 3,000 candidates but since summer 2018 the draws have been higher with the the draws this past autumn at 3,900 candidates, only a few candidates below the all time high. In 2019 the draws have dropped slightly to 3,350 candidates per draw. So basically, 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 pointsSee 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).

Good luck!


Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of April 12, 2019*

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 April 12, 2019 for unknown reasons.

CRS Score Range Number of Candidates
601-1200 273 (+64 candidates since March 14)
451-600 1,981 (-78 candidates since March 14)
401-450 total 34,909 total (+1,675 candidates since March 14)
441-450 4,410 (+1,581 candidates since March 14)
431-440 9,236 (+303 candidates since March 14)
There Hasn't Been a Draw with This Low a Threshold Since May 2017
421-430 6,586 (-63 candidates since March 14)
411-420 6,861 (+67 candidates since March 14)
Candidates with scores below this threshold have only ever been invited for the Federal Skilled Trades-only draws in May and November 2017 and May and September 2018 only
401-410 7,450 (+63 candidates since March 14)
351-400 total 40,168 total (+451 candidates since March 14)
391-400 7,241 (+62 candidates since March 14)
381-390 8,422 (+92 candidates since March 14)
371-380 8,251 (+55 candidates since March 14)
361-370 8,361 (+191 candidates since March 14)
351-360 7,838 (+51 candidates since March 14)
301-350 23,116 (+240 since March 14)
0-300 3,402 (+69 since March 14)
Total 101,419 (+2,421 since March 14)

The total number of applicants in the pool remains over100,000. That's bad news for candidates with scores lower than the lowest historical cut offs. The cut off score got as low as 438 recently, the lowest draw cutoff since November 2017. But, due to the increased number of candidates in the new year, the last few draws have been over 450. Given that there are over 34,000 candidates in the pool with scores higher than 400, it's likely the score will not be dropping down into the low 400s again any time soon. Be sure to do everything you can to make sure your score is 440 or higher for draws going forward:

How long will the score go?

Good luck!


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