Since 2015, Canada has used Express Entry as the main way to manage skilled worker applications.  Only the highest-scoring skilled worker candidates are invited by the Canadian government to immigrate to Canada. In order to score Express Entry candidates and rank them, the Canadian government uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The CRS evaluates each candidate (and their spouse or partner, if they have one) based on their human capital. Canada looks at a candidate’s age, education, English and/or French skills, work experience, among other criteria. The Canadian government then provides candidates with a CRS score based on their human capital characteristics. The points you get from the CRS include a core set of points up to 600 and a set of additional points of up to 600. Your total score will be out of 1,200.

Summary of maximum points per factor
for Express Entry candidates

A. Core / human capital factors

Factors Points per factor – With a spouse or common-law partner Points per factor – Without a spouse or common-law partner
Age 100 110
Level of education 140 150
Official languages proficiency 150 160
Canadian work experience 70 80