This week, Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba invited candidates to apply through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
A majority of Canadian provinces and territories (except for Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own provincial nominating programs (PNP). Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nominations. Receiving a provincial nomination can be helpful for gaining permanent residence in Canada.
It is only Quebec that has the authority to control all immigrants irrespective of their economic class. Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are distinct from Canada’s immigration programs.
A total of 105,000 PR applications are processed every year as part of the Provincial Nominee Program. Since the PNP was established in 1998, the number of applications has steadily increased. Both the federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool for promoting economic development outside of urban areas.
Results of Provincial Immigration, February 4-10
It is estimated that Ontario issued 510 invitations to apply to candidates in the Express Entry: Skilled Trades stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on February 9. To receive an invitation to apply, candidates were required to have a minimum score between 260-489.
To be eligible for the program, candidates must have been offered a full-time position in one of the following NOCs:
- NOC 72024 – Supervisors, motor transport, and other ground transit operators
- NOC 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
- NOC 72204 – Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
- NOC 72310 – Carpenters
- NOC 73112 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
On the 7th of February, the province of British Columbia invited 245 candidates to submit their applications for provincial nomination. This time, the province invited 207 candidates through a general draw which comprised a variety of technical occupations. The invitations were sent to all candidates under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories, as well as to Express Entry candidates who had to reach a minimum SIRS score of 102 in order to be invited.
It was also decided that candidates from the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories would be invited to apply if their SIRS score was 82 or higher. The SIRS, which is similar to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but only applies to British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program, acts in a very similar manner.
A number of rounds of invitations were also held by the province for candidates working in the following occupations:
- At least 60 points for 25 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);
- Healthcare workers with scores of at least 60 points from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate categories.
On February 9, Manitoba invited 308 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program. Candidates must meet a baseline of criteria specific to their program.
- A minimum score of 720 was required for 221 invitations in Manitoba.
- The Skilled Workers Overseas issued 32 invitations.
- No score was required for invitations to International Education Stream.
A total of 33 applicants had Express Entry profiles.