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News Release

Ottawa, February 13, 2021—As we confront the pandemic’s second wave and chart a course for our recovery, attracting skilled immigrants—who bring the talents and skills our economy needs to thrive—is a central part of our plan. With travel restrictions limiting who can come to Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is pioneering new ways to engage those who are already here and hard at work. Their status may be temporary, but their contributions are lasting—and we’re hoping to help more of them stay permanently.

In an effort to help more skilled workers stay in Canada and bolster our economic recovery, approximately 27,300 workers with Canadian experience received an invitation today to apply for permanent residence. These workers fall under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) of the Express Entry pool. Successful CEC candidates have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience, have proven that they can contribute to our economy and have paid taxes. Those who receive an invitation have 90 days to submit their complete application.

Most notably, approximately 90% of CEC candidates are already living in Canada. This means they’re unaffected by current travel restrictions and won’t face the same barriers as overseas applicants when gathering the required documentation and undergoing criminality and medical screening. Those invited to apply who are not currently living in Canada will be able to travel once restrictions are lifted.

All travel restrictions for permanent resident applicants approved after March 18, 2020, remain in effect. IRCC will continue to accept and process Express Entry applications and looks forward to welcoming skilled workers from abroad when travel resumes.

From large companies to major labour unions, Canadians agree that immigration is essential to our economy. One in three businesses with employees is owned by an immigrant, creating thousands of jobs from construction to retail. Throughout the pandemic, newcomers have played an outsized role in Canada’s response, accounting for over one third of our doctors and pharmacists. Put simply, immigration is crucial to Canada’s short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #176 – February 13, 2021 (Canadian Experience Class). See full text of Ministerial Instruction

  1. Number of invitations issued: 27,332*

  2. Rank required to be invited to apply: 27,332th or above

  3. Date and time of round: February 13, 2021 at 11:56:56 UTC

  4. CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 75

  5. Tie-breaking rule: September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC

  6. If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

  7. *Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class were eligible for this round of invitations.

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of February 8, 2021CRS score rangeNumber of candidates601-1200603501-6001,027451-50026,177491-500603481-4901,555471-4803,823461-4709,047451-46011,149401-45047,731441-45011,371431-44011,352421-4307,818411-4208,079401-4109,111351-40048,585301-35025,2970-3003,294Total152,714

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire. The table numbers not in bold are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above. See previous rounds


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