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IRCC’s Express Entry Draw #273 Targets 1,000 French Speakers

Ashley Shelton



Express Entry Draw #273

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) again sparks a wave of opportunities by conducting the Express Entry draw #273. This time, the spotlight shines on candidates with French-language proficiency, as IRCC issues 1,000 invitations to apply (ITAs).

Delving into the details of this draw unveils Canada’s strategic focus on linguistic diversity.

IRCC’s Consecutive Express Entry Draws

Following yesterday’s all-program draw that invited 4,750 candidates, today’s category-based draw emphasizes the significance of French language skills in the immigration process. With a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 470 required, this draw adds a distinctive layer to Canada’s pursuit of skilled and linguistic professionals.

Express Entry Draws Slowdown and a Restart

Yesterday’s draw marked a pivotal moment, breaking a draw hiatus of over a month. The last draw on October 26 specifically targeted healthcare occupations in a category-based selection, demonstrating the adaptability of the Express Entry system to address sector-specific needs. The recent pause was attributed to a technical glitch, but with the hitch resolved, Canada resumed its proactive approach to immigration.

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Category-Based Selection History Since June 2023

IRCC’s embrace of category-based selection, introduced in May 2023, transforms the Express Entry landscape. These draws strategically target candidates with specific attributes, including French-language proficiency and expertise in occupations facing shortages.


The targeted sectors—Healthcare, STEM professions, Trades, Transport, Agriculture, and agri-food—mirror the areas where Canada seeks skilled workers to bolster its economy and address critical shortages.

Draw TypeNumber of ITAsMinimum CRS
Healthcare occupations3,600431
French language proficiency300486
French language proficiency500472
Transport occupations1,000435
Trade occupations1,500388
French language proficiency800435
French language proficiency3,800375
French language proficiency2,300439
Healthcare occupations1500463
STEM occupations500486
Healthcare occupations500476

Minister’s Vision to Boost Skilled Workers

Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, emphasizes the pivotal role of skilled workers in eliminating shortages, especially as millions of Canadians are set to retire by 2030. The Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025 projects an admission of 114,000 Federal High Skilled (Express Entry) immigrants annually by 2025.

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As the second Express Entry draw of the week unfolds, it underscores Canada’s strategic and forward-thinking approach to immigration. The spotlight on French language proficiency not only enhances linguistic diversity but also reinforces Canada’s position as a welcoming hub for skilled professionals.

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