Express Entry Draw 261 I Trade Occupations Express Entry Draw 2023

On August 3, 2023, Trade Occupations Express Entry Draw  was announced, marking the first trade draw since the introduction of the new categories-based selection system. In this blog post, we will discuss the details of the Trade Occupations Express Entry Draw, including the number of invitations issued, eligibility criteria, eligible trade occupations and strategies to improve your CRS score.

Details of the Health Care Occupations Draw :

  • Number of invitations issued: 1,500
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,500 or above
  • Date and time of round: August 03, 2023 , 13:24:52 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 388
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 07, 2023 at 07:03:08 UTC

What are the Eligible Occupations are in Trade Stream?

Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
Residential and commercial installers and servicers732003
Elevator constructors and mechanics724062
Machine fitters724052
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics724022
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics724002
Electricians (except industrial and power system)722002
Welders and related machine operators721062
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers720142

What is Eligibility for the Trade Occupations Stream ?

  1. To be eligible for the Trade Occupations Category, your occupation must be listed in the category’s occupation list.
  2. Applicant must have at least 6 months of full time, continuous work experience in the last 3 years, either in Canada or abroad.(or an equal amount of part-time work experience)
  3. Meet the minimum criteria of one of the three immigration programs:
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

What are the other Categories in included in Categories Based Selection ?

The Categories-Based Selection system includes below categories to facilitate immigration. These categories are:

  1. French-language proficiency
  2. Healthcare occupations
  3. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
  4. Trade occupations
  5. Transport occupations
  6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

When will the Next Express Entry Draw be Held?

Express Entry draws are typically held bi-weekly, but since June 27 2023, IRCC has been conducting new rounds of invitations every week, including occupation-specific draws. Because of that we can’t predict when would be the next draw.

How to Increase CRS score for Express Entry?

  1. Improve your English and French language test scores.
  2. Gain more work experience in your field of expertise.
  3. Explore Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and consider moving to provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan, which offer easier pathways to permanent residency through the PNP, resulting in a significant CRS score boost if approved.
  4. If you are able to speak French and obtaining excellent scores on the French language test can give a substantial boost to your CRS score.
  5. If you are married, your spouse’s educational credentials and language test scores can also contribute to an increased CRS score.

Source – In the North – Canada Youtube Channel


Express Entry draw #261 for the Trade Occupations stream has provided 1,500 candidates with an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada. By understanding the eligibility requirements and implementing strategies to improve your CRS score, you can increase your chances of receiving an invitation in future draws. Stay updated with the latest information and be prepared for the next Express Entry draw.

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