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Canada invites 3,500 candidates in Express Entry draw for healthcare occupations

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in the second  Express Entry draw of the week.

The department invited 3,500 candidates in a category-based selection draw for healthcare occupations.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 422.

Today’s draw follows a general draw that occurred on February 13 in which 1,490 candidates with a minimum CRS score of at least 535 received ITAs. 

So far in 2023 there has also been one category-based selection draw on February 1 inviting 7,000 candidates with strong French language proficiency. It was the largest draw of the year so far.  

There were three general draws in January inviting a total of 3,280 candidates. The minimum CRS score for these draws ranged between 546 and 541. 

Summary of Express Entry draw results in 2024


Draw Type

Number of ITAs

Minimum CRS




French language proficiency












New language test accepted for Express Entry programs

As of January 30, IRCC is now accepting the Pearson Test of English Core (PTE) for all immigration streams except the Student Direct Stream.

This means that Express Entry candidates have another option for English language testing when they upload their profile to the IRCC website.

Candidates must obtain a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score that differs depending on the Express Entry managed program they are applying for. The CLB is how IRCC evaluates a candidate’s language ability in four categories: reading, speaking, listening, and writing.

For example, candidates applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program must score a minimum CLB of 7 in all categories.

Candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) also require a score of 7 if their occupation falls under a National Occupation Classification TEER category of 0 or 1. CEC Candidates with an occupation that falls under NOC TEER category of 2 or 3 need to score a CLB 5.

Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates need a minimum CLB level of 5 for speaking and listening, and at least a level 4 for reading and writing.

The PTE is the third option for Express Entry candidates to submit their English language test results to IRCC. The department announced that it had been approved last year. Candidates can also take the CELPIP General or IELTS General Training to get their CLB score in English.

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