The Canadian government has subtly hinted at the possibility of a change in the Express Entry system in the budget for 2021. These changes will likely affect the selection process used to nominate applicants for permanent residency in the Express Entry system.
This speculation is based on the wording used in the budget that suggests a possible overhaul of the Express Entry selection process. The budget suggests that the IRCC is considering making amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) to grant the Minister of IRCC the power to use Ministerial Instructions to nominate applicants for permanent residency who are best suited to meet the labour market needs.
Launched in January 2015, the Express Entry system is one of the most popular and fastest ways to gain permanent residency in Canada. The Express Entry system manages applications for three federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Express Entry manages around a hundred thousand applications at any given time.
Applicants with skills and experience relevant to the local labour market needs are nominated in periodic draws conducted by the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) based on how well they are ranked by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).