Four provinces have invited candidates in recent provincial immigration draws.
Most of Canada’s economic immigrant permanent residents arrive in Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, there is a target of over 117,500 new PNP permanent residents to arrive in Canada each year by 2025.
PNPs help spread the economic benefits of immigration throughout the country, rather than having the majority of immigrants settle in a few of Canada’s urban centres, as was seen before the program’s establishment in 1998.
Provinces can invite candidates for provincial nomination because immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial governments. Quebec is unique in that it has total control over the admissions of economic, skilled immigrants into the province.
Provincial Immigration Results April 22-28
British Columbia invited 168 total candidates in three targeted draws on April 25.
Candidates in the BC PNP must meet the minimum cut-off scores under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). This acts much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but is only for those who wish to get a provincial nomination from BC.
All candidates in this week’s draw were in the Skilled Worker or International Graduate streams, including Express Entry candidates.