Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are a popular way for candidates to immigrate to Canada. They allow provinces and territories to nominate candidates who have the skills and experience needed to meet the needs of their labour markets. British Columbia, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island are among the provinces that have recently invited candidates under their PNPs.
Provincial nominations can benefit candidates planning to apply for permanent residency in Canada because they give them an edge in the immigration process. Both the federal and provincial governments have a shared responsibility for immigration, and the PNPs serve as a valuable tool to spread the benefits of economic development throughout the country.
Provincial Nomination Results February 25 – March 3
British Columbia held its weekly BC PNP draw on February 25th and invited 169 total candidates. Of these, 145 were invited in a targeted draw for tech occupations. To be eligible for this draw, candidates needed a valid job offer for a position that falls under a specific National Occupation Classification (NOC) code. British Columbia has these occupations listed as priority occupations. The province also held rounds of invitations for candidates working in early childhood education and healthcare.
Alberta held an Express Entry draw on February 16th and invited 100 candidates. The lowest CRS score accepted was 357. Alberta has been allocated 9,750 nomination certificates for 2023 by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), with more populous provinces typically issued the highest allocations.
Prince Edward Island invited 46 candidates under the Labour and Express Entry stream of the PEI PNP on March 2nd. So far, 484 candidates have received an Expression of Interest from PEI in 2023. The province admits the most immigrants per capita of any province in the country, with international immigration adding 2,035 people to Prince Edward Island’s population in the third quarter of 2022, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.
Overall, getting a provincial nomination can be an advantage for candidates planning to apply for permanent resident status in Canada. The PNPs are a valuable tool used by both the federal and provincial governments to spread the benefits of economic development throughout the country. British Columbia, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island are just a few of the provinces that have recently invited candidates under their PNPs, and many more opportunities are available for those who have the skills and experience needed to meet the needs of Canada’s labour markets.