Catherine McKenna

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Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

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Improvements to the Express Entry system

Improvements to the Express Entry system take effect today.

These changes will help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada.

Starting today, new points will be awarded to candidates as listed below:

Additional points for candidates with strong French language skills

  • Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills, with or without English language skills, will be awarded additional points by the CRS.
  • A total of 15 additional points will be awarded for test results of the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) at level 7 or higher in all four language skills in French (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and an English test result of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 or lower, or no English test at all.
  • A total of 30 additional points will be awarded for test results of the NCLC at level 7 or higher in all four skills in French and test results of CLB 5 or higher in all four language skills in English.

Additional points for candidates with siblings in Canada

  • The Express Entry system will begin awarding 15 points to candidates with siblings in Canada. To get these points, candidates will need to show that the sibling is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is living in Canada and is 18 years of age or older.

Job Bank registration voluntary

  • Job Bank registration for Express Entry candidates becomes voluntary for all candidates.
  • Candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry will be automatically placed into the pool and immediately eligible for invitation rounds.
  • All Express Entry Candidates who would like to start their job search can register for Job Bank.

Candidates in the pool are ranked by their CRS score and the date and time their profile entered the pool to rank tied scores.

  • The Express Entry system will rank candidates in the pool by their CRS score.  Where a CRS tie exists, all tied candidates will then be ranked based on the date and time of their profile submission.
  • Candidates who update their profile with any new information will keep their original date and time stamp.

A new time and date stamp will be issued to candidates:

  • who choose to withdraw their profile  to complete a new one instead of updating their original profile, and,
  • whose profile has expired and they complete and submit a new one

More information can be found here.