This week, the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba invited candidates to apply through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
Several Canadian provinces and territories operate Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nomination. Receiving a provincial nomination can help you gain permanent residency.
Unlike Canada’s immigration programs, Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province. Quebec is the only province to control all immigrants regardless of their economic class.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) accounts for 105,000 PR admissions per year. It began in 1998 and has steadily increased since then. Federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool to promote economic development.
In the same week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 893 ITAs to Express Entry candidates with provincial nominations. Except for Quebec and Nunavut, most Canadian provinces and territories have PNPs aligned with Express Entry.
Since July, all Express Entry draws have targeted all programs. This was the first draw targeting PNP candidates since June 2022.
Immigration Results for January 28 – February 3
Candidates in the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) received 611 invitations to apply on January 31. In order to receive an invitation, candidates needed a minimum score of 53.
Candidates must have a full-time job offer in Ontario that meets the criteria for TEER categories 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Moreover, Ontario held two targeted draws for candidates in Human Capital Priorities on February 2. In addition to 1,175 tech candidates, 725 healthcare candidates with minimum scores of 476-489 were invited.
On January 23, Alberta issued 154 notifications of letters of interest to Express Entry candidates in the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), and 46 letters of interest on January 19. Express Entry candidates in the AAIP will be invited based on a combination of high-demand occupations and family ties when completing draws from the federal Express Entry pool. AAIP eligibility criteria remain unchanged.
On January 31, British Columbia invited more than 279 candidates to apply for provincial nomination. There are 243 candidates who have been invited by the province in a targeted draw for tech occupations. The invitations were extended to candidates in the categories of Skilled Workers and International Graduates, as well as Express Entry candidates.
The minimum score required for the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams is 85, which is much the same as the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used by Express Entry, but it is only used for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in British Columbia.
Candidates working in the following occupations were also invited to participate in a round of invitations held by the province:
- At least 60 points for 18 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);
- Healthcare workers with scores of at least 60 points from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category;
- Scores of at least 60 points for other in-demand occupations.
On January 30, Manitoba issued 21 letters of advice to apply under its special immigration measure for Ukrainian refugees. To be considered, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a citizen of Ukraine;
- Must have a minimum of CLB 4 in each language band;
- Must have established connection to Manitoba (close relative, family-like, community, previous employment, or studies in Manitoba);
- Must have a valid language test; and
Minimum score of 60 points according to MPNP assessment criteria.