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 a year and a half ago now). The draws used to cap out at a maximum of 3,000 candidates but since the summer the draws have been higher with the the draws this autumn at 3,900 candidates, only a few candidates below the all time high. Given how many draws have been near the record, it's reasonable to suspect that the draws will be this high far into 2019. So basically, if there are at least 3,900 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 January 25, 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 January 25, 2019 for unknown reasons.

CRS Score Range Number of Candidates
601-1200 86 (-198 candidates since January 15)
451-600 305 (-1,614 candidates since January 15)
401-450 total 31,142 total (+542 candidates since January 15)
441-450 660 (-1,233 candidates since January 15)
431-440 9,105 (+417 candidates since January 15)
There Hasn't Been a Draw with This Low a Threshold Since May 2017
421-430 6,596 (+149 candidates since January 15)
411-420 6,794 (+120 candidates since January 15)
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 (-2 candidates since January 15)
351-400 total 38,578 total (+798 candidates since January 15)
391-400 7,061 (+102 candidates since January 15)
381-390 8,118 (+196 candidates since January 15)
371-380 8,037 (+154 candidates since January 14)
361-370 7,867 (+208 candidates since January 15)
351-360 7,495 (+109 candidates since January 15)
301-350 22,274 (+570 since January 15)
0-300 3,321 (+85 since January 15)
Total 95,523 (+183 since January 15)

There were a lot of draws in January for large numbers of applicants. The cut off score got as low as 438 at the last draw, the lowest draw cutoff since November 2017. But more people keep joining the pool. Given that there are over 31,000 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?

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