Recently, two Canadian provinces have extended invitations to candidates through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These draws coincided with the introduction of new selection categories for Express Entry candidates by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), potentially encompassing individuals already involved in the PNP.
IRCC clarified that not all future draws will be for the new categories, emphasizing that Express Entry PNP draws will continue as well.
The selection category draws closely align with various PNP streams. Except for Quebec and Nunavut, all Canadian provinces and territories organize PNP draws to welcome applicants in specific occupational fields, National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes, or to evaluate their language abilities.
For instance, numerous provinces have PNP immigration streams dedicated to attracting tech or healthcare workers. British Columbia has been organizing targeted draws for healthcare workers on a weekly basis.
The PNP empowers provincial governments to nominate economic immigration candidates for permanent residence, based on their assessment of candidates who have the potential to economically establish themselves in the nominating province. Moreover, the PNP allows provinces to effectively target candidates who can contribute to filling regional job vacancies.
Provincial Immigration Results from May 23 to June 2
In May, British Columbia conducted PNP draws on the 23rd and 30th.
The May 23rd draws yielded over 140 invitations across four categories. The draw targeted tech occupations, inviting 103 candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduates streams, including Express Entry candidates with a minimum SIRS score of 90.
Another draw specifically targeted early childhood educators and assistants, resulting in the invitation of 20 candidates. Additionally, 17 healthcare workers and fewer than five individuals in other priority occupations were invited. The minimum SIRS score requirement for all three draws was 60.
On May 30th, a general draw was conducted, inviting 151 candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Streams with aminimum SIRS score range from 85 to 107.
The remaining three draw categories mirrored those from the previous week. Twenty-six invitations were issued to early childhood educators and assistants, 14 to healthcare workers, and fewer than five to candidates in other priority occupations. Again, a minimum SIRS score of 60 was necessary for eligibility.
On June 1st, Manitoba invited 589 candidates from three streams.
MPNP invited Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates from two separate categories. The first category targeted candidates with work experience in specific NOC major groups, such as finance and business, administrative occupations, transportation logistics occupations, natural and applied sciences, front-line public protection services, and paraprofessional occupations to name a few with a minimum score of 607.
The remaining 240 Skilled Workers who received invitations did not need to possess a specific occupation. Their minimum scores were set at 669.
In addition, Manitoba invited 56 candidates through the International Graduate stream and 31 Skilled Workers Overseas with minimum scores of 801.
Furthermore, on May 25th, Manitoba conducted a draw specifically for candidates under the Special Measures for Ukraine Act. This category targets Ukrainian nationals who meet the eligibility criteria for an MPNP immigration stream, and a total of 29 candidates were invited. The Provincial Nominee Program draws conducted by Canadian provinces serve as a crucial avenue for economic immigration and regional workforce development. By inviting candidates in specific fields and occupation categories, provinces aim to fill regional job vacancies and promote economic growth. These draws continue to provide opportunities for skilled individuals to contribute to Canada’s diverse and thriving economy.