Since the pandemic hit, we've been seeing less and less of Federal Skilled Worker invitation rounds.
Which makes sense, considering all the travel restrictions currently in place.
So, IRCC just turned the focus into the immigration candidates already living in Canada temporarily, via PNP and CEC invitation rounds.
Mainly 3 reasons:
Yes. The main reason for the pause is the pandemic.
The general expectation is that whenever the pandemic is under control, FSW draws ("no program specified") will resume.
A strong indicator of it, is that between July and December 2020, in between the first and second COVID-19 waves, we did get some FSW draws:
COVID-19 new cases numbers in Canada
The general expectation is that whenever the pandemic is over, FSW draws will resume.
But that's impossible to know for sure.
That will depend on how many people will be invited.
The minimum score required on the last FSW invitation round ("no program specified"), in December 23rd 2020, was 468 points.
No. There are several streams focusing on international students, and the Minister of Immigration clearly said that Canada wants to turn their students into Permanent Residents:
But that doesn't mean skilled workers are out. Again, the "pause" is only due to the current global situation.
I would say it is definitely worth waiting. And While FSW draws don't happen, take the time to improve your CRS score.
But if you can't wait to go to Canada, maybe consider other options such as PNP, or even going to Canada as a student first, and then becoming a Permanent Resident.
All the above analysis represent the personal view of the author.
Some of the IRCC directives are public, but the numbers and dates of invitation draws are not publicly available until the draw itself happens.