July 4, 2019


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada released a 2018 year-end report on July 2, 2019. The report confirms that Canada invited more than 90.000 applicants to immigrate through Express Entry system in 2018. The increase in admission of new immigrants is in line with Canada’s rising admission targets for the three Federal immigration programs as well as Provincial Nominee Program.

In addition to the Federal immigration streams, Canada’s provinces have their own immigration programs. Candidates for Provincial Nominee Programs are selected from Express Entry pool and invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Each province offers its own immigration streams for skilled workers, professionals in skilled trades, business owners/managers, international students and others based on the specific labour and immigration needs of each province.

Canada’s target to admit new immigrants through federal and Provincial Nominee immigration programs is expected to increase each year through 2021.

Invited candidates through Express Entry System.

Candidates who meet the requirements of one of the federal immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class) are eligible to join Express Entry pool. Candidates in Express Entry pool will be ranked based on a score awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are awarded for the candidate’s age, working experience, sophisticated English or French language skills, level of education and other factors. Once candidates join Express Entry pool, they will be able to basically compete with all other candidates within a year and the highest ranked candidates are invited to apply for immigration. If the candidate is not invited to apply within a year, Express Entry profile will be automatically deleted and candidates may submit new application to join the Express Entry pool. Generally, highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence from Express Entry pool every two weeks through regular draws.

2018 year-end report shows the results of adjustments to the Comprehensive Ranking System and it continues to simplify the process of immigration for candidates of Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class.

The most popular occupation of 2018 in Express Entry pool.

The following occupations were the most popular among those who were issued invitation to apply for immigration through Express Entry System.


Top 10 Occupations of 2018Number of invited candidates% of all 2018 Invitation to Apply
Software Engineers — NOC 21736,1267%
Information Systems Analysts and Consultants — NOC 21715,4296%
Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers — NOC 21743,4504%
Financial Auditors and Accountants — NOC 11112,4833%
Administrative Assistants — NOC 12412,3353%
Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations — NOC 11232,0492%
University Professors and Lecturers — NOC 40111,9422%
Financial Investment Analysts — NOC 11121,9212%
Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting — NOC 11221,9152%
Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Managers – NOC 01241,7752%



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