Canada plans to conduct Express Entry lotteries for candidates based on labor market goals in the first quarter of 2023. A spokesman said that while being prepared for their technical implementation, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to discuss a wide spectrum of stakeholders regarding new categories in Express Entry.

Throughout the pandemic, IRCC was free to invite as many applicants as it desired for any program it pleased. On February 13, 2021, Canada extended invitations to every applicant in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) pool, amounting to more than 27,000 invitations in total.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has stated that without the modifications, the Express Entry system does not allow IRCC to alter Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to match in-demand credentials or abilities.

“If you’re in a circumstance where you have an abundance of applications that are all in one particular sector, and that sector doesn’t have high needs in Canada the Express Entry system as it exists today, is likely to bring in people that might not be perfectly matched to the needs of the Canadian economy,” Fraser said.

The recently passed Bill C-19 gives the immigration minister the authority to invite Express Entry candidates based on criteria that support local economic requirements. It enables IRCC to organize Express Entry invitation rounds based on the candidate’s occupation, language ability, or degree of education, for example, rather than utilizing the candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Because it was the basis of their invitation to apply, applicants are now joining jobs where they are aware of opportunities, which Fraser believed would lead to an improvement in retention rates.