Canada PR Point System


The Canada PR point system helps skilled immigrants to become permanent residents depending on their ability to settle in the country and contribute to its economic growth. Through the Express Entry system, your application for Canada PR under any of the following programs is managed.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program.
  • Canadian Experience Class.

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To get into the Express Entry pool, you need to create a profile by providing information about your age, skills, education, work experience, language proficiency, etc., and meet the eligibility criteria. Once you are in the pool, you are ranked based on the points you score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Where your skills meet the requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, your will be evaluated on the six selection factors like the language skills, work experience, education, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability. To qualify under the Canada PR point system as a federal skilled worker, you are required to score a minimum of 67 points or more.

Get to Know Canada PR Point System for Federal Skilled Worker Program

The following is the summary of points you can score against each factor.

Language Skills: You can score a maximum of 28 points if you can communicate efficiently in English and French. The points are allocated based on the skills to write, read, listen and speak. To qualify, you have to prove your language skills in the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or Niveaux de competence linguistic canadiens (NCLC) for French. As for the first official language, you must acquire a minimum CLB 7 or NCLC 7 level in all the four language components and for the second official language, you must attain a minimum of CLB 5 or NCLC 5 in the four language aspects.

Your test scores must be entered in the Express Entry profile and they must show that you meet the eligibility requirement.

How to Calculate your Language Points?

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

You can choose and add the points that match your skill level from the table

First Official Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB level 9 or higher 6 6 6 6
CLB level 8 5 5 5 5
CLB level 7 4 4 4 4

If your level is below CLB level 7, you are not eligible to apply.

Second official language (Maximum 4 points)

Under this criterion, you need to have at least CLB 5 in the four language skills to score 4 points.

Second Official Language Points
Minimum of CLB 5 in four language skills 4
CLB 4 or less in any four language skills 0


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Work Experience: The points earned for work experience depends on the number of years you have worked in a full-time paid job. It must be a minimum of 30 hours per week or an equal amount of part-time job undertaken. For the purpose, the 2016 edition of National Occupation Classification (NOC) is used to evaluate your skilled job application. Your past work experience must match the job code, which is called the NOC code to be eligible. In case your past work experience matches with the details and duties mentioned in the NOC, it will be counted for the points based on the experience.

Experience Maximum 15 points
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6 or more years 15


Education: You can score a maximum of 25 points in this category. Nevertheless, you need to meet the following requirements:

Where you had your education in Canada, then you must possess a degree, certificate or diploma from a secondary (high school) or post-secondary school in Canada.

In case you had your education in a foreign country, then you must have:

  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an authorized agency that confirms that your foreign education is similar to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary school.

You score the following points.

Education Maximum 25 points
University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equal 25
Master’s degree or equal from a university Or entry-to-practice professional degree (or equal) which is NOC 2016 Skill Level A, and licensed by a provincial regulatory body 23
Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or diplomas or equal (at least one must be for a program of at least three years) 22
Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equal 21
Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equal 19
Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program, or equal 15
Canadian high school diploma, or equal 5



Age: Here you score the points depending on your age at the time your application is received.

Age Points
Under 18 0
18-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 and older 0


Arranged Employment in Canada

Under this category, you can score a maximum of 10 points if you have a valid full-time job offer for a minimum period of one year from an employer in Canada. However, this offer must have been received before you applied for a Canada PR under the Federal Skilled Worker program. For the purpose, the job offer must be continuous for one year at least and listed in the NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B.

To be a valid job offer, you need to meet any of the following requirements:

  • You are assigned for a job on a temporary work permit issued on a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) and your work permit is valid at the time of lodging the PR application. Here your employer must offer you a permanent job offer on your acceptance as a skilled worker.
  • Your work is based on a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement.
  • You do not possess any work permit or have any plan to work in Canada or you are in a job with a different employer who has offered you permanent full-time employment or you receive a permanent job offer from an employer based on a positive LMIA and on being accepted as a skilled worker.


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Adaptability: For this criterion, you earn a maximum of 10 points in case your spouse or common-law partner also immigrates with you to Canada. Nevertheless, the points are earned for adaptability.

Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Your spouse or partner’s language level: If the language level in English or French is at CLB 4 level or higher 5
Your past study in Canada: You have completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. 5
Your spouse or partner’s past study in Canada: Your spouse or partner has completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. 5
Your past work in Canada: You had at least one year of full-time work experience in Canada: o   in a job listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and   with a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada 10
Your spouse or common-law partner’s past work in Canada: Your spouse/partner had a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada. 5
Arranged Employment in Canada: 5



To check your eligibility for Canada Immigration you can use the below-given table to give you a basic idea at Canada PR Point System, and you can self-evaluate your profile for Canada Immigration under Canada Express Entry Program. To qualify for the Canada Immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you need to score at least 67 points based on the following Canada PR point system.


Factor Description Points
Age 18 – 35 12 points
Age 36 11 points
Age 37 10 points
Age 38 09 points
Age 39 08 points
Age 40 07 points
Age 41 06 points
Age 42 05 points
Age 43 04 points
Age 44 03 points
Age 45 02 points
Age 46 01 points
Age 47 & Above 00 points
English language
Qualification PhD 25 Points
Qualification Master degree 23 Points
Qualification Double Bachelor 22 Points
 Qualification Bachelor degree 21 Points
Qualification Diploma 3 Years after Higher Secondary 19 points
Qualification Diploma 3 Years after 10th (High School) 15 Points
 Qualification High School 05 Points
Work Experience 1 Year 09 Points
 Work Experience 2 – 3 Years 11 Points
 Work Experience 4 – 5 Years 13 Points
 Work Experience 6 & Above 15 Points
Spouse/ Adaptability Spouse IELTS 05 Points
Blood Relation 05 Points


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