Minimum Score Drops To 332 In Skilled Trades-Targeted Canada Express Entry Draw

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score dropped to 332 as Canada conducted its first program-specific Express Entry draw of 2019.

The May 15 draw was aimed exclusively at candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades Program, issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 500 candidates.

Canada has conducted program-specific draws at a rate of two per year since 2017. In three of the four previous instances, Skilled Trades draws have been paired with draws aimed only at provincial nominee programs.

The previous Federal Skilled Trades Program draw took place on September 24, 2018, with 400 ITAs issued and a minimum CRS score of 284.

Program-specific draws give a chance for candidates with lower scores who would not receive invites in all-program draws.

Canada has now issued 31,750 ITAs in 2019, against a high-skilled immigration target of 81,400.

IRCC broke the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.

The draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on August 29, 2018 at 4.32am EST. If more than one candidate had the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

This was the 10th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2019 and 117th overall.

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ITAs Issued After 10 Draws

Minimum CRS Scores So Far In 2019

ITAs Issued Per Draw In 2019

Find Out About The Latest Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest Draw

Prince Edward Island immigration will conduct a new draw targeting both skilled worker and entrepreneur immigration candidates on Thursday May 16, 2019.

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program draw will focus on candidates for the province’s Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact streams.

PEI launched its Expression of Interest system at the start of 2018, and has made monthly draws ever since.

Anticipated 2019 Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest Draw Dates

May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19

In the four draws so far in 2019, PEI has invited 570 candidates, including 475 through the Labour Impact/Express Entry streams and 95 through the Business Impact stream.

PEI PNP Immigration Draws 2019



Invites Issued

Minimum Score


Labour Impact/Express Entry



Business Impact




Labour Impact/Express Entry



Business Impact




Labour Impact/Express Entry



Business Impact




Labour Impact/Express Entry



Business Impact



PEI issued a total of 1,446 invites during 2018, the first year it operated an Expression of Interest system.

Of these, 1,240 went to Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates, with the remaining 206 going to Business Impact candidates.

The largest draw took place on October 18, 2018, when 297 candidates were invited.

Prince Edward Island Express Entry Stream

PEI’s Express Entry category operates by considering candidates already in the federal Express Entry Pool for a provincial nomination.

Such a nomination adds 600 points to a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and effectively guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration.

The PEI Express Entry Category features two pathways to Canadian permanent residence, one for candidates with a job offer and one for those without.

Prince Edward Island Labour Impact Category

1) Skilled Worker Stream

This employer driven stream allows skilled workers with an employment offer in PEI to be nominated for Canadian Permanent residence if they meet the following criteria:

  • A full time employment offer from a Prince Edward Island business in an occupation classified as skill level “0”, “A” or “B” of the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • Completion of a post-secondary education, with a minimum of 14 years of formal education;
  • Between 21 and 55 years of age;
  • At least 2 years of full time work experience in the past 5 years;
  • Sufficient proficiency in English or French to occupy the employment offered;
  • Sufficient settlement funds;
  • Demonstrated intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.

2) Critical Worker Stream

This category is designed to resolve labour shortages and is open to foreign workers already in PEI with employment in specific critical demand occupations. The primary criteria for nomination are:

  • A full time offer of employment from a Prince Edward Island business in one of the following occupations:
    • Truck driver;
    • Customer service representative;
    • Labourer;
    • Food & beverage server;
    • Housekeeping attendant.
  • 6 months of work experience with the Prince Edward Island business offering employment;
  • Current valid Canadian work permit;
  • High school diploma and minimum of 12 years of formal education;
  • Between 21 and 55 years of age;
  • At least 2 years of full-time work experience in the past 5 years;
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in English or French language;
  • Sufficient settlement funds;
  • Demonstrated intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.

Prince Edward Island Business Impact Category

Work Permit Stream

Individuals applying under the P.E.I. Work Permit Stream must obtain a Canadian work permit and work for a P.E.I. business for a certain amount of time as designated in a Performance Agreement.

After the Performance Agreement is fulfilled, the applicant must make a minimum $150,000 investment in the business and commit to managing the business on a daily basis from within P.E.I.

Previously, Prince Edward Island operated direct permanent residence business streams, but these were closed in September 2018 over immigration fraud concerns.

Manitoba Immigration Draw Sees 170 Get Letters of Advice To Apply

Manitoba immigration has conducted its first Expression of Interest draw in May, focusing on candidates for the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream.

The May 9 draw saw 170 candidates issued with Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates received 101 of the LAAs, with the lowest-ranked candidate scoring 569 points.

A further 17 LAAs went to candidates for the province’s International Education stream.

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Lastly, 52 LAAs were issued to candidates as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative, part of the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, with a lowest score of 616 points.

An SRI is when candidates are invited to fulfill a specific labour market need.

This was the 65th draw in the history of the MPNP.

What Were the Details of May 9 Manitoba Draw?



Letters of Advice to Apply

Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate

1) Skilled Workers in Manitoba



2) International Education Stream


3) Skilled Workers Overseas

Strategic Recruitment Initiative