Last week, the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island invited eligible candidates to apply through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). It is important to note that each Canadian province and territory operates its own PNP (except for Quebec and Nunavut). Interested candidates may be given the opportunity to apply for a provincial nomination through these programs. Those who are nominated by the provincial government may be more likely to obtain permanent residency.
It is estimated that over ten thousand provincial nominees are admitted to the PR program each year as part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). As a result of its inception in 1998, the number of PNP admissions has steadily increased in recent years. Several governments have considered the PNP program to be an effective tool for promoting economic development outside of urban areas.
It was announced this week that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held two Express Entry draws this month, including a draw this week in which only PNP candidates received ITAs. PNP allows individuals to target candidates who have the required skills and education to help with local labour shortages and contribute to the province’s economy.
Results of Provincial Immigration from February 11-17
On February 14, British Columbia invited more than 232 candidates to apply. As part of the province’s targeted recruitment for tech occupations, 183 candidates were invited to participate in a draw that was held for candidates in the categories of Skilled Workers and International Graduates. These invites included Express Entry candidates who were required to have a minimum SIRS score of 83 to qualify.
Unlike the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), the British Columbia PNP is the only one that uses the SIRS ranking system.
Five streams of skills immigration are available in BC. Four of these streams have Express Entry BC options as well. A fifth stream focuses on entry-level and semi-skilled candidates who lack work experience within an Express Entry NOC code.
Candidates working in the following occupations were also invited:
- A minimum of 60 points for 29 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);
- Applicants must score at least 60 points in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate category, including Express Entry;
- A minimum score of 60 in other priority occupations.
February 16 saw the first Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) draw for 2023. A minimum score of 84 was required for candidates from both Express Entry and Occupations-In-Demand streams.
In response to the Ukrainian crisis, the province invited a candidate from Ukraine.
Prince Edward Island
PEI invited 222 candidates through the Labour and Express Entry streams of the PEI PNP on February 16. Six candidates were also invited to the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur program. A separate Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted to the PEI PNP by Express Entry candidates. A score is assigned to EOI profiles based on PEI’s points grid, and the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply through monthly draws.