The Canada job bank

The Job Bank plays a crucial role in the whole Express Entry selection system. Through the job bank, Canadian employers and recruiters now have visibility into thousands of Express Entry candidate profiles.


Below are key players in the Express Entry selection system:
  • The federal government
  • The candidate
  • A portion of the provincial/territorial governments
  • The Canadian employers


As of 6 June 2017, registration in the Job Bank is no longer mandatory. However, Express Entry candidates and aspirants who choose to register in the Job bank may increase their visibility to various Canadian employers. In other words, they increase their chances of getting hired by a Canadian employer or company. Meantime, candidates must be aware of the fact that registering in the job bank doesn’t guarantee a Canadian job. The situation is different from candidate to candidate, and has a direct correlation to the following factors:

  • The skill set of the candidate
  • Whether or not the candidate had previously worked in Canada (Many Canadian employer are happy to see Canadian work experience in a candidate’s resume)
  • The demand for the candidate’s profile
  • The scarcity of viable candidates (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) to do the job in the area or region


One (or more) of the above factors may lead to a Canadian employer choosing a candidate from the Job Bank. If a selection happens and depending on the skill level the candidate’s occupation belong to, he or she may receive 50 to 200 additional CRS points. Getting a valid Canadian job offer is a very effective way to increase the CRS score while being in the Express Entry pool. However, registering in the Job bank alone would not be enough. Candidates are required to visit the job bank page regularly, and make updates as necessary. Also, the candidate may select area(s) of preference – example, Toronto, Montreal, etc., or could even choose to be more specific to increase chances of getting selected by a potential Canadian employer.


Note: It is now easier for a designated employer or business in Atlantic Canada to hire a foreign worker or professional through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). To learn more about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), click here.

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