This program-oriented draw was the first since September 24, 2018, to target candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class, which is available to foreign nationals with a qualification certificate that proves they are well-qualified to work in a skilled trade occupation in Canada.
Skilled work experience who are eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class come under the below-mentioned categories of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC):
- Major Group 72- Electrical, Industrial, and construction trades
- Major Group 82- Supervisors & technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture & related production
- Major Group 73- Maintenance & equipment operation trades
- Minor Group 632- Chefs & cooks
- Major Group 92- manufacturing, processing and utilities supervisors/ central control operators
- Minor Group 633- Butchers & bakers
The Federal Skilled Trades Class is one of major three economic-class immigration programs which is managed by the Express Entry system, while the other two are the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are offered a score through Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that is based on aspects like education, age, proficiency in English or French, and skilled work experience are made to enter into the Express Entry pool.
Aspirants in the Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Class with sufficient experience in an eligible trade would surely have been considered in today’s draw if they proved their skilled trade experience and hold the necessary certificate of qualification or offer of employment.
On May 15th, cut-off score of 332 was 106 points lower than the lowest cut-off score in this year, which was 438.
The tie-break followed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in the May 15th draw was August 29, 2018. This implies that all Federal Skilled Trades Class aspirants with a CRS score above 332 and those with scores of 332 who submitted their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date, got an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.
Considering the higher admission targets for Express Entry in 2019 and 2020, it is expected that today’s small draw of 500 candidates might be followed by bigger program draws in the near future.
Niche draws are mostly common among Canada’s provincial nominee programs to address labour market requirements. A number of these resulted in invitations being issued to Express Entry candidates who got lower CRS scores.
The Alberta province issued invitations to choose Express Entry candidates with CRS scores which is as low as 300 on 3 occasions this year.
The Atlantic Province of Nova Scotia has already issued targeted invitations through its Labour Market Priorities Stream to Express Entry candidates who got work experience as accountants and financial auditors. The minimum CRS score needed in this draw was 400.
Ontario has already used its Human Capital Priorities Stream to focus Express Entry candidates with particular credentials and last year on two occasions it dropped its CRS requirement to 350.
There are several Express Entry aligned PNP streams that never considers an aspirant’s federal CRS score as part of their eligibility requirements. For instance, Saskatchewan and Manitoba each got their occupation lists and pools of candidates and make use of their own unique ranking systems.