This week, Manitoba and Ontario issued Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) invitations to candidates.
Despite the fact that a provincial nomination is not equivalent to permanent residence, it is the first step towards obtaining permanent residency from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, most Canadian provinces and territories run their own Provincial Nomination Programs. Through these programs, candidates can apply for a provincial nomination. Immigration programs in Quebec are administered by the province and are different from those in Canada.
There are 105,000 PR admissions each year under the PNP, which started in 1998 and has steadily grown since then. The PNP is considered an effective tool to promote economic development outside of urban areas by the federal government and the provincial government.
Results of Provincial Immigration from December 24 to December 30
There were 725 letters of interest issued by Ontario on December 21 to candidates in the Master’s Graduate stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
A candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for this stream:
- An eligible Ontario university master’s degree is required
- A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher is required (English or French)
- A minimum of one year of legal residence in Ontario within the past two years is required
Among all Canadian provinces, Ontario welcomes the highest number of newcomers each year, and it also receives the largest number of invitations to apply under any PNP. For 2022, Ontario was able to invite 9,750 candidates. On December 22, the province announced that it had invited the maximum number of candidates allowed.
As of 2023, new applications, as well as those already submitted to the OINP, will continue to be accepted and considered for the program.
The province of Manitoba invited 16 candidates on December 29 as part of special immigration measures implemented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Candidates must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP):
- Must be a citizen of Ukraine
- Must have a minimum of CLB 4 in each language band
- Have established connection to Manitoba (close relative, family-like, community, previous employment or studies in Manitoba)
- Have a valid language test
- Score at least 60 points according to MPNP assessment criteria