Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba have issued invitations to apply to candidates through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) this week.
Most Canadian provinces and territories (except for Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nomination. Receiving a provincial nomination can be advantageous for gaining permanent residence.
Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are distinct from Canada’s immigration programs. Quebec is the only province that has control over all economic class immigrants.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) accounts for 105,000 PR admissions per year. It began in 1998 and the annual number of PNP admissions has since increased steadily.
Both federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool to promote economic development outside of urban centers.
The draws occurred within the same week that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 893 ITAs to Express Entry candidates who already had a provincial nomination. Most Canadian provinces and territories have PNPs aligned with Express Entry, except for Quebec and Nunavut.
This was the first Express Entry draw to target PNP candidates since June 2022. Between July and the recent draw, all Express Entry draws have been all-program draws.
Provincial immigration results January 28-February 3
Ontario issued 611 invitations to apply to candidates in the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on January 31. The draw was targeted toward healthcare and tech occupations. Candidates required a minimum score of 53 to receive an invitation.
Eligible candidates required a full-time job offer in Ontario that meets the criteria for TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Additionally, Ontario held two targeted draws for candidates in the Human Capital Priorities stream on February 2. The province invited 1,175 candidates in a tech occupation with a minimum score between 481-489 as well as 725 candidates in healthcare occupations with minimum score between 476-489.
In the second round of published draw results for 2023, Alberta issued 154 notifications of letters of interest to candidates in the Express Entry stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) on January 23, as well as 46 letters of interest on January 19.
The province recently announced that Express Entry candidates in the AAIP will be invited based on a combination of high-demand occupations and immediate family ties as selection factors when completing draws from the federal Express Entry pool.
There is no change to the eligibility criteria in any stream of the AAIP.
British Columbia invited more than 279 candidates to apply for provincial nomination on January 31.
The province invited 243 candidates in a targeted draw for tech occupations. The invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included Express Entry candidates.
Candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate stream required a minimum SIRS score of 85. 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 invitations for candidates working in the following occupations:
- 18 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points;
- 18 healthcare workers from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category, with scores of at least 60 points and;
- Other in-demand occupations with scores of at least 60 points.
Manitoba issued 21 Letters of Advice to Apply on January 30. The letters were issued under the province’s special immigration measure for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. To be considered for immigration under this pathway, candidates must be:
- a citizen of Ukraine;
- 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; and
- score at least 60 points according to MPNP assessment criteria.