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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

The most popular province for immigrants in Canada is Ontario

Updated: Jan 13


Many immigrants admitted to Canada through the Express Entry system settle in Ontario. This was published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on December 13, 2021 according to the Express Entry Year-End Report 2020.


Approximately 60% of all immigrants admitted through Express Entry in 2020 settled in Ontario. Most of the newcomers start their lives in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as the capital city of Ottawa. British Columbia and Alberta were respectively the second and third popular destinations for immigrants.


The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence in two steps. The first step is when individuals express their interest to immigrate to Canada by completing an online profile. This is screened electronically to determine if the individual is eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.


Also, individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for at least one of these programs are placed in the Express Entry pool and assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It helps to determine by comparing information in their profile to a transparent scoring criteria. However, candidates in the pool are ranked against one another according to their CRS score.


The second step is when the Ministerial Instructions are regularly published on IRCC’s website identifying the number of invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence that will be sent to candidates in the Express Entry pool on a specific date. The Ministerial Instruction also identifies the economic program(s) for which the Express Entry ITA round will apply.


Also, invitations are issued in descending CRS score rank order until the maximum number of invitations specified in the associated Ministerial Instruction is reached for each round. Therefore, if a candidate does not receive an ITA or declines one, their profile remains in the pool for up to 12 months.









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