Latest Express Entry Draw 271 | Healthcare Occupations

Image Details of Express Entry Draw #271

Express Entry Draw: #271
Total Number of Invitations: 3,600
Minimum CRS score required: 431
Date and time of round: October 26, 2023 at 13:28:39 UTC
Tie-breaking rule: May 24, 2023 at 19:47:51 UTC
Program Specified: French Language Proficiency

IRCC has issued its #271st Express Entry Draw to Healthcare professionals. It was the 3rd category-specific draw for healthcare workers only. The Canadian government has increased the number of invitations for healthcare workers by 2,100 ITAs, while 32 points have decreased the minimum C.R.S. score.

“In early 2023, the Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments agreed to work together to improve health care.”
— Report from Canadian Institute for Health Information

What are the priority areas for the health sector in Canada?

  • Increasing the availability of primary healthcare and family health services.
  • More healthcare staff should be available to support resilient health systems, and backlogs in patient care should be reduced.
  • Expanding the availability of assistance for mental health and drug abuse.
  • Updating digital tools and health care information systems to enable safe electronic health information exchange.

When was the last Express Entry Draw for Healthcare workers?

Express Entry Draw #255 was the last express entry draw specifically for Medical stream workers on July 6, 2023. Total invitations sent on this draw were 1,500, where a candidate must have a minimum score of 463.

Has the Express Entry C.R.S. threshold increased from the last draw?

No, Instead, 14 points from the last category-based express entry draw are down. From the previous two express entry draws. The latest express entry draw has issued maximum invitations compared to the last two health occupation category based express entry draws.

Which Canadian province would be best for moving to Canada as a healthcare worker?

Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
As per the recent update from C.B.C. News on Canada’s healthcare crisis between 2020 and mid-2022, P.E.I. saw no change in surgical treatment from the year before the pandemic, whereas Yukon, Northwest Territories, Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia saw single-digit reductions as shortage of healthcare professionals in these provinces.

British Columbia:

British Columbia sent 22 invitations on October 24 2023, with a Targeted draw for the Healthcare stream. The interested candidate can apply through Skilled Worker EEBC (Express Entry British Columbia).

Date Express Entry Stream Minimum Score Total Invitations Targeted Draw
24-10-23 Skilled Worker EEBC 60 12 Healthcare Occupation
17-10-23 Skilled Worker + International graduate EEBC 60 17 Healthcare Occupation
15-10-23 Skilled Worker + International graduate EEBC 60 17 Healthcare Occupation
04-10-23 Skilled Worker + International graduate EEBC 60 25 Healthcare Occupation


Ontario sent 1,696 invitations on September 26 with Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. The provincial government has sent the I.T.A. to candidates who have secured a minimum C.R.S. score of 350 and have required work experience in the following occupations:

General practitioners and family physicians NOC 31102
Nursing coordinators and supervisors NOC 31300
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses NOC 31301
Licensed practical nurses NOC 32101
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates NOC 33102

Express Entry Draws For Healthcare Workers

The above graph shows the number of invitations and the C.R.S. cut-off for Health Occupations Express Entry Draws in 2023. This information could be useful for international healthcare workers looking for Canadian immigration.

  • The highest number of invitations was on October 26, with over 3,600 invitations.
  • The lowest number of invitations was on June 28, with just over 500 invitations.

It’s important to note that on June 28, 2023, the Honourable Marc Miler, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the first invitations under Express Entry for skilled newcomers with work experience in the healthcare field.

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