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 over 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 in autumn 2018 at 3,900 candidates, only a few candidates below the all time high. In 2019 the draws have dropped slightly to 3,350-3,600 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 August 2, 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 August 2, 2019.

CRS Score Range Number of Candidates
601-1200 474 (+162 candidates since July 12)
451-600 6,821 (+516 candidates since July 12)
401-450 total 38,412 total (+1,125 candidates since July 12)
441-450 7,821 (+652 candidates since July 12)
431-440 9,874 (+225 candidates since July 12)
There Hasn't Been a REGULAR (NON-FST) Draw with This Low a Threshold Since May 2017
421-430 6,390 (+51 candidates since July 12)
411-420 6,835 (+54 candidates since July 12)
Candidates with scores below this threshold have only ever been invited for the Federal Skilled Trades-only draws in May and November 2017, May and September 2018 and May 2019 only
401-410 7,349 (+143 candidates since July 12)
351-400 total 42,263 total (+808 candidates since July 12)
391-400 7,533 (+166 candidates since July 12)
381-390 9,022 (+153 candidates since July 12)
371-380 8,698 (+229 candidates since July 12)
361-370 8,757 (+66 candidates since July 12)
351-360 8,253 (+194 candidates since July 12)
301-350 24,439 (+527 since July 12)
0-300 3,597 (+58 since July 12)
Total 116,006 (+14,587 since July 12)

The total number of applicants in the pool is now over115,000. That's bad news for candidates with scores lower than the lowest historical cut offs. The cut off score got as low as 438 in January, the lowest draw cutoff since November 2017. But, due to the increased number of candidates in the new year, the last few draws, excluding the latest FST draw, have been over 460 and a bunch before that were over 450. Given that there are over 38,000 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. Moreover, there are more than two draws worth of candidates with scores over 450 at the moment. Be sure to do everything you can to make sure your score is 450 or higher for draws going forward:

How long will the score go?

Good luck!

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