Provincial immigration programs in British Columbia, Quebec, and Manitoba have published the most recent number of invitations to apply.
The Province Nominee Programs (PNPs) are operated in all provinces and territories except Quebec and Nunavut. As a result of these economic immigration programs, provincial governments are able to select candidates who will be most likely to be successful in integrating into the province’s economy, while also filling urgent labour market gaps in the province.
Essentially, immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal government and the provinces. Generally, PNPs allow provinces to nominate candidates they feel will be easily integrated into the province and who will be able to settle long-term in the province, but Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) determine whether a candidate is eligible to become a permanent resident.
Quebec’s immigration programs differ from the rest of Canada’s because they are administered by the province. Quebec is the only province that controls all economic immigrants.
Immigration Results for February 18-24
On February 22, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited more than 241 candidates from across the province to submit their nominations.
As part of a general draw, the majority of candidates, 203, were invited, including candidates from the tech sector. The draw included candidates from the skilled worker candidates with minimum SIRS scores of 101 and international graduate program candidates with minimum SIRS scores of 103. Both streams of applicants were Express Entry eligible.
In addition to candidates from the Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled streams, the general draw also included candidates from the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The Skills Immigration Registration System works much like Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System, however, it is only used by British Columbia.
A number of invitation rounds were also held in the province for candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams (including Express Entry) working in the following occupations.
The minimum SIRS score required for all of these programs was 60.
- Educators and assistants in the field of early childhood education (NOC 4214)
- 20 healthcare professionals
- There are fewer than five occupations that are in demand
A total of 1,011 invitations were sent by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) in Quebec on February 9. All of the candidates were in the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and were required to have a minimum score of 619.
The candidates who are invited for the position must have a valid job offer that is outside of the territory of the Municipality of Montréal.
It was announced on February 23 that Manitoba had invited 583 candidates to participate in the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program.
There were 207 skilled worker candidates invited by the province from different occupations, including the following:
- Transport and transit drivers (7330)
- Retail and wholesale trade managers (6002)
- Nursing and allied health professionals (3130)
- Assisting occupations in education (4310)
- Secondary, elementary, and kindergarten schoolteachers (4122)
- Hairstylists and estheticians (6321)
- Automotive service technicians (7241)
- Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community, and education services (4220)
- Retail salespersons and non-technical wholesale trade sales and account representatives (6410)
- Office support and court services occupations (1410)
A total of 298 candidates with non-specific occupations were also invited to apply from the skilled worker program with a minimum score of 693 and 51 candidates from the international education stream with a minimum score of 693.
Lastly, a total of 27 candidates were invited from the Skilled Worker Overseas stream, who had a minimum score of 721, out of the total number of invitations issued, 140 of which were for Express Entry applicants.