British Columbia, PEI, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have released results for their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) this week.
Following its launch in 1998, the PNP welcomed only 400 immigrants, but due to its success, it now welcomes more than 80,000 per year. The increase in the number of PNP admissions in Canada is because the federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool to promote the economic development of the country.
Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PNPs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
Although provincial nomination is not in itself the same as a permanent residence, it can act as the first step towards maximizing your CRS score and obtaining permanent resident status.
For instance, PNP candidates with Express Entry profiles who receive a nomination get 600 points added to their score. They also become eligible to be invited to apply for a PNP-specific round of invitations.
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PNP Results September 9-16
Prince Edward Island
On September 15, Prince Edward Island invited 142 candidates through the Labour and Express Entry streams as well as five through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur streams for a total of 147 invitations issued.
Express Entry candidates who wish to be nominated by PEI must submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP.
EOI profiles are awarded a score based on PEI’s points grid and, like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply through monthly draws.
Prince Edward Island holds draws through the PEI PNP each month.
Manitoba invited 9 candidates on September 14 under the Special Immigration Measure* – Ukraine program.
The program was created in response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine and the resulting refugees and acts in partnership with IRCC’s response, the Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).
To be eligible for this program under the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program, candidates must meet a baseline of criteria. Expressions of Interest through MPNP are issued only to those who:
- are a citizen of Ukraine
- have a minimum of CLB 4 in each language band
- have established connection to MB (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
On September 13, British Columbia invited over 290 candidates to apply for provincial nomination through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). BC typically holds a provincial nomination draw each week.
The majority of candidates, 227, were invited through a general draw that included tech occupations. Unlike the draw last week, this draw did not specifically target candidates outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
The invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included Express Entry candidates. The draw also included Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates. The minimum SIRS scores ranged from 78 to 120.
SIRS acts much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but is only used for British Columbia’s PNP.
The province also held rounds of targeted invitations for candidates working in the following occupations:
- 27 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points.
- 12 Healthcare workers with scores of at least 60 points.
- Healthcare worker: Healthcare assistants with scores of at least 60 points
- Other priority occupations with scores of at least 60 points.
Saskatchewan invited a total of 326 candidates on September 15. Draws were targeted for a variety of NOC Occupations-In-Demand and through the Express Entry system. ‘
The 273 candidates who received an Expression of Interest through the Occupation-In-Demand category, as well as the 53 invited through Express Entry, had minimum scores of 60.