Below is a slide from a presentation that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) gave on July 26th in Ottawa.


  • Although Express Entry offers faster processing and an online platform, its defining feature is its ability to dynamically rank candidates and invite only the top scoring individuals.
  • The Comprehensive Ranking System was developed in close collaboration with Statistics Canada and provides up to 600 points based on factors most closely associated immigrant employment earnings, including education, age, official language ability, and work experience (see Annex A).
  • The ranking system also places significant emphasis on responsiveness to employer and provincial/ territorial needs, providing 600 points to any candidate with a valid offer of arranged employment or provincial/territorial nomination.
    • The heavy weighting of these points means that a job offer or nomination is a definitive factor in determining which candidates receive invitations to apply, providing a high degree of selection power to employer and provinces/territories.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

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