The selection of top ranking candidates for Express Entry to Canada is based on a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). So how does this scoring system work?

The selection of top ranking candidates for Express Entry to Canada is based on a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). So how does this scoring system work?

As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) guidelines, candidates must first set up an online profile. Your online profile will include your work experience, language proficiency, education, skills, etc. These categories enable Citizenship and Immigration Canada to determine your contribution to the economic growth and development of Canada.

Prior to creating your profile, candidates applying for Express Entry must complete a language proficiency test in English or French.

Be aware that educational accomplishments and qualifications obtained outside Canada must be assessed and recognized by Canadian standards.

Draws for the “Invitation to Apply” will take place regularly over the course of the year. If you are not on the coveted invitee list after a year of having your profile active, you must re-submit your profile if you are still interested in immigrating to Canada and if you still meet all requirements. Here the draws. (Click here to skip to how the system works)

Draw Number of invitations issued CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
#101 - October 3, 2018 3,900
(Tied Year High)
445 points
#100 -September 24, 2018 400
(Federal Skilled Trades ONLY)
284 points
(Federal Skilled Trades ONLY)
#99 - September 19, 2018 3,500 441 points
#98 - September 5, 2018 3,900
(Tied Year High)
440 points
(Tied Year Low)
#97 - August 22, 2018 3,750 440 points
(Tied Year Low)
#96 - August 8, 2018 3,750 440 points
(
Tied Year Low)
#95 - July 25, 2018 3,750 441 points
#94 - July 11, 2018 3,750 442 points
#93 - June 25, 2018 3,750 442 points
#92 - June 13, 2018 3,750 451 points
#91 - May 30, 2018 700
(PNPs and Federal Skilled Trades ONLY)
288 points
(PNPs and Federal Skilled Trades ONLY)
#90 - May 23, 2018 3,500 440 points
(Tied Year Low)
#89 - May 9, 2018 3,500 441 points
#88 - April 25, 2018 3,500 441 points
#87 - April 11, 2018 3,500 444 points
#86 - March 26, 2018 3,000 446 points
#85 - March 14, 2018 3,000 456 points
(Year High)
#84 - February 21, 2018 3,000 442 points
#83 - February 7, 2018 3,000 442 points
#82 - January 24, 2018 2,750 444 points
#81 - January 10, 2018 2,750 446 points
2017
#80 - December 20, 2017 2,750 446 points
#79 - December 6, 2017 2,750 452 points
#78 - November 15, 2017 2,750 439 points
#77 - November 8, 2017 2,000
(Year Low)
458 points
#76 - November 1, 2017 505
(Federal Skilled Trades ONLY)
241 points
(Federal Skilled Trades ONLY)
#75 - November 1, 2017 290
(Provincial Nominees ONLY)
673 points
(Provincial Nominees ONLY)
# 74 - October 18, 2017 2,757 436 points
#73 - October 4, 2017 2,801 438 points
#72 - September 20, 2017 2,871 433 points
#71 - September 6, 2017 2,772 435 points
#70 - August 23, 2017 3,035 434 points
#69 - August 9, 2017 2,991 433 points
#68 -  August 2, 2017 3,264 441 points
#67 - July 12, 2017 3,202 440 points
#66 - June 28, 2017 3,409 449 points
#65 - May 31, 2017 3,877 413 points
(All Time Low excluding FST)
#64 - may 26, 2017 400
(Federal Skilled Trades Only)
199 points
(Federal Skilled Trades Only)
#63 - May 26, 2017 143
(Provincial Nominees Only)
775 points
(Provincial Nominees Only)
#62 - May 17, 2017 3,687 415 points
#61 - May 4, 2017 3,796 423 points
#60 - April 19, 2017 3,665 415 points
#59 - April 12, 2017 3,923
(All Time High)
423 points
#58 - April 5, 2017 3,753 431 points
#57 - March 24, 2017 3,749 441 points
#56 - March 1, 2017 3,884 434 points
#55 - February 22, 2017 3,611 441 points
#54 - February 8, 2017 3,644 447 points
#53 - January 25, 2017 3,508 453 points 
#52 - January 11, 2017 3,334 459 points
#51 - January 4, 2017 2,902 468 points
2016
#50 - December 22, 2016 2,878 475 points
#49 - December 16, 2016 1,936 497 points
#48 - November 30, 2016 559
(year low)
786 points
(year high - PNP only)
#47 - November 16, 2016 2,427 470 points
#46 - November 2, 2016 2,080 472 points
#45 - October, 19, 2016 1,518 484 points
#44 - October 12, 2016 1,518 484 points
#43 - September 21, 2016 1,288 483 points
#42 - September 7, 2016 1,000 491 points
#41 - August 24, 2016 750 538 points
#40 - August 10, 2016 754 490 points
#39 - July 27, 2016 755 488 points
#38 - July 13, 2016 755 488 points
#37 - June 29, 2016 747 482 points
#36 – June 15, 2016 752 488 points
#35 – June 1, 2016 762 483 points
#34 – May 18, 2016 763 484 points
#33 – May 6, 2016 799 534 points
#32 – April 20, 2016 1,018 468 points
#31 – April 6, 2016 954 470 points
#30 – March 23, 2016 1,014 470 points
#29 – March 9, 2016 1,013 473 points
#28 – February 24, 2016 1,484 453 points 
(year low for 2016)
#27 – February 10, 2016 1,505 459 points
#26 – January 27, 2016 1,468 457 points
#25 – January 13, 2016 1,518 453 points 
(year low for 2016)
#24 – January 6, 2016 1,463 461 points
2015
#23 – December 18, 2015 1,503 460 points
#22 – December 4, 2015 1,451 461 points
November 27, 2015 1,559 472 points
#20 – November 13, 2015 1,506 484 points
#19 – October 23, 2015 1,502 489 points
#18 – October 2, 2015 1,530 450 points
#17 – September 18, 2015 1,545 450 points
#16 – September 8, 2015 1,517 459 points
#15 – August 21, 2015 1,523 456 points
#14 – August 7, 2015 1,402 471 points
#13 – July 17, 2015 1,581 451 points
#12 – July 10, 2015 1,516 463 points
#11 – June 26, 2015 1,575 469 points
#10 – June 12, 2015 1,501 482 points
#9 – May 22, 2015
1,361 755 points
#8 – April 17, 2015 715 453 points
#7 – April 10, 2015 925 469 points
#6 – March 27, 2015 1,637 453 points
#5 – March 20, 2015 1,620 481 points
#4 – February 27, 2015 1,187 735 points
#3 – February 20, 2015 849 808 points
#2 – February 7, 2015 779 818 points
#1 – January 31, 2015 779 886 points

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) helps place you, the candidate, on a certain spot on the totem pole. The higher up you are the more likely that you will receive an Invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Candidates will be assessed on a variety of categories from education and language proficiency to skills and work experience.

For those candidates looking to get ahead of the pack early on in the race, they can achieve extra points by obtaining a job offer from a Canadian employer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and/or a nomination by a territory or province.

If you do not have a job offer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a nomination by a territory or province, you should register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank to seek gainful employment. You should ensure that your résumé structure and presentation meet Canadian guidelines.

The CRS is based on a total score of 1,200. The closer you get to this total, the more likely you are to receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. Below is the scoring criteria issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/express-entry/grid-crs.asp

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The Comprehensive Rating System

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"Core" Factors - Maxium 500 Points

Factor Max Points with a Spouse Max Points without a Spouse
Age (details) 100 110
Level of Education (details) 140 150
Language proficiency (details) 150 160
Canadian Work Experience (details) 70 80

 

Core Factors for Your Spouse (if applicable)

Factor Max Points
Level of Education (details) 10
Language profiency (details) 20
Canadian Work Experience (details) 10

Please note that a maximum of 500 points is available from the "core" factors.

 

Skill Transferability - Maximum 100 Points

Work Experience Outside of Canada

Factor Max Points (100 MaxiMum)
Education Maximum 50 points for Education
A Post-Secondary degree plus strong official language proficiency (details) 50
A Post-Secondary degree plus Canadian work experience (details) 50
Work experience outside of Canada Maximum 50 points for foreign work experience
Foreign work experience plus strong official language proficiency (details) 50
Foreign work experience plus Canadian work experience (details) 50
Canadian Certificate of Qualification (Trades only) Maximum 50 points
Certificate of Qualification plus strong official language proficiency (details) 50

Please note that at this point the total number of points you could possibly have is 600, from the core factors, your spouse's core factors and the skills transferability factors.

 

Additional Factors - 600 Points

The other 600 points are awarded for the following:

  • A job offer from a Canadian employer AND
  • Canadian Education OR
  • A nomination from a province or territory.

The rest of this article contains a detailed breakdown of the points system.

 

Comprehensive Rating System - Details

 

"Core" Factors - 500 Points

Age - Maximum 110 Points

This is the age on the day you submit your application.

Age Points with a Spouse
(Maximum 100)
Points without a Spouse
(Maximum 110)
17 or younger 0 0
18 90 99
19 95 105
20-29 100 110
30 95 105
31 90 99
32 85 94
33 80 88
34 75 83
35 70 77
36 65 72
37 60 66
38 55 61
39 50 55
40 45 50
41 35 39
42 25 28
43 15 17
44 5 6
45 and older 0 0

If you are bringing your spouse, your spouse does not get any points for age.

 

Level of Education - 150 Points

Your education credentials must be verified by an authorized Canadian agency to count.

Level of Education Points with a Spouse
(Maximum 140)
Points without a Spouse
(Maximum 150)
Less than secondary (high) school 0 0
Secondary (high) school 28 30
One-year post-secondary degree or diploma 84 90
Two-year post-secondary degree or diploma 91 98
Post-secondary degree or diploma requiring three or more years of study 112 120
Two or more post-secondary degrees or diplomas with at least one requiring three or more years of study 119 128
University-level Master's degree or an "entry-to-practice" professional degree
Note: "Entry-to-practice" professional degrees must be for NOC A occupations and must be in professions which require provincial licensing
126 135
University-level doctoral degree (PhD, for example) 140 150

 

Spouse's or Partner's Education Level - 10 Points (if applicable)

Spouse's Level of Education Points
Less than secondary (high) school 0
Secondary (high) school 2
One-year post-secondary degree or diploma 6
Two-year post-secondary degree or diploma 7
Post-secondary degree or diploma requiring three or more years of study> 8
Two or more post-secondary degrees or diplomas with at least one requiring three or more years of study 9
University-level Master's degree, an "entry-to-practice" professional degree, or PhD
Note: "Entry-to-practice" professional degrees must be for NOC A occupations and must be in professions which require provincial licensing
10

Please note that if you are not coming with a spouse or partner, your education level is worth more (see above) and you will not lose points.

 

Language Proficiency - 160 Points

Citizenship and Immigration Canad accepts language test results from CELPIP and IELTS for English and from TEF for French.

 

First Official Language - 136 points

Whichever of English or French you are best at, and (usually) the language you intend to use in Canada, graded in "Canadian Language Benchmarks."

Level of Language Proficiency
in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Points per ability
with spouse
(Maximum 128 points total)
Points Per Ability
without spouse
(Maximum 136 points total)
Less than CLB 4 0 0
CLB 4 or 5 6 6
CLB 6 8 9
CLB 7 16 17
CLB 8 22 23
CLB 9 29 31
CLB 10 or more 32 34

 

Second Official Language - 24 points

If you can speak both of Canada's official languages, these points are awarded for ability in the weaker of those two languages, again using CLBs.

Level of Language Proficiency
in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Points per ability
with spouse
(Maximum 22 points total)
Points Per Ability
without spouse
(Maximum 24 points total)
CLB 4 or less 0 0
CLB 5 or 6 1 1
CLB 7 or 8 3 3
CLB 9 or 10 6 6

 

Strong French Language Skills  - 30 points

If you have particularly strong French language skills, you can now gain additional points for your bilingual ability, as of June 12, 2017. See below:

Level of Language Proficiency in French in reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Level of Language Proficiency in English in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Total Points
CLB 7 or better CLB 4 or lower (including no English ability) 15
CLB 5 or better 30

Please note, however, that the maximum total points for language skills is still 160 points. 

So, for example, if you are immigrating to Canada by yourself (i.e. you're single) and

  • you have earned the maximum number of points for your first language abilities (128 points)
  • you have earned the maximum number of points for your second language abilities (22)
  • you will then get "30 points" for your bilingual ability but you will still only get 160 points for language skills, rather than 180.

 

Spouse or Partner's Language Proficiency - 20 Points

Your accompanying spouse or partner can only get points for their ability in one of Canada's two official languages. As usual, the points are assessed across four criteria: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Spouse or Partner's Language Proficiency Points Per Ability
CLB 4 or less 0
CLB 5 or 6 1
CLB 7 or 8 3
CLB 9 or higher 5

Please note that if you are not immigrating to Canada with a spouse or partner, your language proficiency is worth more (see above) and you will not lose points for coming without a spouse.

 

Canadian Work Experience - 80 Points

Canadian Work Experience Points with Spouse
(Maximum 70 points)
Points without Spouse
(Maximum 80 points)
None or less than 1 year 0 0
1 year 35 40
2 years 46 53
3 years 56 64
4 years 63 72
5 years or more 70 80

 

Spouse or Partner's Canadian Work Experience - 10 Points

Spouse or Partner's Canadian Work Experience Points
None or less than 1 year 0
1 year 5
2 years 7
3 years 8
4 years 9
5 years or more 10

Please note that if you are not immigrating to Canada with a spouse or partner then your Canadian work experience is worth more (see above) and you will not be penalized for immigrating by yourself.

 

Skill Transferability Factors - 100 Points

Education - 50 Points

Post-Secondary Degree Plus Good Language Proficiency Points for CLB 7+
(With at Least one skill under CLB 9)
Points for CLB 9 or more in All Skills
Post-secondary degree or diploma with studies of one year or more 13 25
Two or more post-secondary degrees or diplomas with at least one issued for a program of three years or more 25 50

Only your proficiency in your better of the two official languages is taken into consideration.

 

Post-Secondary Degree + Canadian Work Experience Points for 1 Year Points for 2 or more Years
Post-secondary degree or diploma with studies of one year or more 13 25
Two or more post-secondary degrees or diplomas with at least one issued for a program of three years or more 25 50

 

Foreign Work Experience - 50 Points

Foreign Work Experience  Plus Good Language Proficiency Points for CLB 7+
(With at Least one skill under CLB 9)
Points for CLB 9 or more in All Skills
1-2 years of work experience outside of Canada 13 25
3 or more years of work experience outside of Canada 25 50

Only your proficiency in your better of the two official languages is taken into consideration.

 

Foreign and Canadian Work Experience Points for 1 Year of Canadian Experience Points for 2 or more Years of Canadian Experience
1-2 years of work experience outside of Canada 13 25
3 or more years of work experience outside of Canada 25 50

 

Canadian Certificate of Qualification (if applicable) - 50 Points

If you have a certificate of qualification in your trade, you will be awarded either 25 or 50 points:

  • 25 points if your scored above CLB 7 on your language test but at least one of your scores is below 9
  • 50 points if all of your test results are CLB 9 or higher

 

Additional Factors - 600 Points

Additional factors can be worth up to 600 points and include the following:

  • Nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program - 600 points OR
  • Job Offer with LMIA (where applicable) for a management position - 200 points
  • Job Officer with LMIA (where applicable) - 50 points
  • Canadian Education - Maximum 30 points
  • Sibling in Canada - Maximum 15 points

 

Provincial Nomination - 600 Points

If you have a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), this gives you the maximum number of points available in the "Additional Factors" category. It is the single most important thing you can get to qualify for Express Entry. For a list of Provincial Nominee Programs, click here.

If you do not have a nomination from a PNP, don't worry! There are still other ways you can get additional points:

 

Job Offer for an Occupation in Major Group 00 - 200 Points

Job offers are no longer worth 600 points.

If you have a job offer from a Canadian employer plus a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and it is for a senior management position in one of the following categories, you get 200 points:

  • 0011 Legislators
  • 0012 Senior government managers and officials
  • 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  • 0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
  • 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services not elsewhere classified.
  • 0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities

Learn more about how occupations are classified.

If you are already working in Canada and have a work permit, the following types of work permits exempt you from having to provide an LMIA:

  • NAFTA work permit
  • Intra-company transfer
  • Work permit that required an LMIA
  • Work permit issued by a province or territory
  • Work permit issued due to "significant benefit to Canada."

All other work permit holders, including holders of IEC work permits and Post Graduate work permits (PGWPs), and spousal work permits, are not exempt from the LMIA requirement.

 

Job Offer - 50 points

If you have a job offer with an LMIA in any other type of occupation, you get 50 points. Again, the above work permit holders are exempt from the LMIA requirement.

 

Canadian Education - Maximum 30 Points

Finally, as of November 2016, you can now earn points for your Canadian education credentials.

Level of Education Total Points
Completed Canadian Secondary School 0 points
Completed 1-2 year Canadian post-secondary program 15 points
Completed 3+ year Canadian post-secondary program 30 points
Completed Canadian Master's degree 30 points
Completed Canadian entry-to-practice degree 30 points
Completed Canadian Doctoral program 30 points
Total 30 points

 

Sibling in Canada - Maximum 15 points

If you, the principal applicant, or your accompanying spouse/common-law partner has a sibling in Canada, you are now awarded a further 15 points, as of June 12, 2017. The sibling must be related to you or your accompanying spouse/partner by blood. If you have more than one sibling in Canada you will still only get 15 points for having a single sibling in Canada.

 

For some interested candidates, Express Entry can fast track obtaining permanent residence in Canada. This option is only viable if you are able to secure enough points through the Comprehensive Ranking System to ensure you are at the top of the list when it comes time for the regular draws for the Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada have indicated that, as of January 15th, they intend to process a large percentage of the applications within a six month time-frame.

Candidates should also be mindful that when you do receive the “Invitation to Apply”, you have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence in Canada.

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Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool

We keep track of the Express Entry pool candidates on this page. The page is updated once a month.

 


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