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Canada’s Express Entry | Year End 2018 Report Glimpses

Canada’s Express Entry | Year End 2018 Report Glimpses

Posted On: Thu, Jul 04 2019

Canada’s Express Entry year end 2018 report glimpses!

Software Engineer was most common occupation among 89,800 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for Canadian Permanent residence last year

The new federal government report shows that Canada admitted more than 92,000 new permanent residents through its Express Entry System in 2018-an increase of 41 percent over the year. The report was released July 2, 2019.

The rising admission targets in Canada through Express Entry System is in line with the immigration levels for three Federal Skilled economic programs- The Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trade Program and Canadian Experience Class as well as some programs under Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Total Admissions of new permanent residents through Express Entry is mentioned in the below table:

Immigration Year

Express Entry Total Admissions




Approximately 33,000


Approximately 65,000




Canada’s admission target for three programs managed by the Express Entry system rose in 2018 and is slated to continue to rise each year through 2021. Also, the admissions target for PNP increases to 55,000 in 2018 and is expected to increase each year through 2021.

Invitations by Program

Express Entry manages the pool of applicants in three categories- Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trade Program and Canadian Experience Class.

The year-end report says that nearly 280,000 Express Entry profiles were submitted in 2018, of which 70 percent were eligible for at least one of the three Federal High Skilled Programs.

The FSWP received 53 percent of ITAs issued in 2018, or 47,523 of 89,000 ITAs.

Canadian Experience Class applicants received the second greatest number of ITAs in 2018 with 30,571 while another 904 ITAs went to applicants applying through Federal Skilled Trade Class.

The 71 percent invited applicants in 2018 did not claim any additional points and only five percent applicants who had a job offer in Canada claimed additional points.


Total number of invitations issued program wise in the year 2018 is as follows:

Canada PR programs

Total number of Invitations

Federal Skilled Worker Program


Federal Skilled Trade Program


Canadian Experience Class


Provincial Nominee Program



Invitations through Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Program invited a total of 10,802 through express entry stream. This number is up from 8,733 the year before.

Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia saw an increase of invitations. The province Ontario experienced an immigration increase of 3,082- by far the largest of any Canadian province.

Of the total 122,247 applications received in 2018, 78,838 had Ontario listed as their province of destination. Coming second was British Columbia with 22,153 applicants listing as their destination, followed by Alberta (8,868), Saskatchewan (3,708) and Nova Scotia (3,532).

Which occupations are getting most targeted?

Software Engineers are the most sort-after occupation who received the highest ITAs last year. The second occupation that received more number of invitations is Information Systems Analysts and Consultants.

Computer Programmer remained the third most common occupation followed by financial auditors and administrative assistants.

Indian Citizens received most invitations under Express Entry with 46 percent of ITAs issued (41,675) followed by China (6,248 ITAs) and then Nigerians who received 6,025 ITAs.

Total number of invitations issued country wise:

Country of origin

Total Number of Invitations









United Kingdom



Canada’s Express Entry is the most popular visa and immigration program for the skilled and qualified worker willing to settle and contribute towards the growing economy. If you are wishing to settle in the country, fill the Canada Immigration Assessment Form to arrange a callback from one of the experts.



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