IRCC expects to implement Express Entry reforms in the first quarter of next year
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is planning to start holding Express Entry draws for candidates based on labour market goals in the first quarter of 2023, a spokesperson says.“The Department is planning to consult a wide range of stakeholders to inform new categories in Express Entry, as required by the legislation, and is preparing for technical implementation in the first quarter of 2023,” IRCC said in an email to CIC News. The recently passed Bill C-19 allows the immigration minister to invite Express Entry candidates based on criteria that support regional economic needs. It allows IRCC to hold Express Entry invitation rounds based on a candidate’s occupation, language, or educational attainment, for example, rather than their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The new legislation also states the minister must engage in a public consultation process and report the draw details, including the economic goals, to parliament annually.