Canada’s five provinces nominated candidates this week through provincial immigration programs.
Immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial governments. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) exists to allow provincial governments to select economic immigration candidates who are best suited to become economically established within the nominated province. This may be because the candidate has work experience in an occupation that is in demand in the province. Most PNPs have streams that target candidates in occupations such as health care, agriculture, and technology, all of which are employment sectors experiencing labor shortages.
More recently, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) adopted a similar approach at the federal level and has begun conducting category-based selection draws for Express Entry candidates. For example, on June 28, the IRCC invited the first 500 Express Entry candidates based on their health care occupations. A further 1,500 are expected to be invited on July 5, as well as a draw for candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions that same week.
Quebec does not have a PNP because it has a separate agreement with the federal government that allows the province to select all of its economic immigrants. Recently, Quebec has proposed changes to its provincial immigration criteria. Primarily, the province would require that all newcomers to the province come with strong French-speaking ability.
Provincial Immigration Results June 23-29
On June 22, the Ministry of Immigration, Frenchization and Integration invited 1,006 skilled workers to apply for permanent residency in Quebec. Candidates required minimum 626 marks.
Invited candidates had a level of 7 Verbal proficiency in French (or higher) according to the Quebec scale of French proficiency levels for adult immigrants, or its equivalent.
Candidates may also be invited if they have received a job offer outside the area of the Comune Metropolitan de Montréal.
This week Alberta published the results of three draws under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) that took place between June 20 and June 22.
In the June 20 draw, the province sent 68 notices of interest (NOIs) to candidates in the priority sector – construction occupations with an Alberta job offer stream. The minimum eligible Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 301.
On June 21, NOIs were issued to 19 candidates in the Designated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer. The lowest scoring candidate had a CRS score of 318
Finally, on June 22, Alberta sent NOIs to 125 candidates in family ties and primary occupations who had a CRS score of no less than 306. Candidates in this stream should have work experience in a demanding occupation and already have a family life. In the province such as a parent, spouse, or sibling.
British Columbia usually holds a draw every week on a Tuesday. On June 27, the province invited more than 180 BC PNP candidates to four draws.
The biggest one was the general draw (including technical professions). 130 candidates were invited from Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled streams. Minimum Skilled Immigration Registration System (SIRS) scores ranged from 109 for international graduates to 106 for skilled workers and 87 for entry-level and semi-skilled candidates.
The remaining three draws target skilled workers and international graduates (including Express Entry candidates). 30 candidates were invited as early childhood educators and assistants, 20 were invited as health care professionals and fewer than five were invited in other priority occupations.
Manitoba invited 49 people as part of a special measure for Ukrainians affected by the current unrest.
Those who receive an invitation must still be eligible for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Skilled Worker Migrant Route as well as certain other specific criteria such as:
- be a citizen of Ukraine;
- Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in each language band;
- having an established connection to Manitoba (close relative, family, community, previous employment, or study in Manitoba);
- a valid language test;
- A score of at least 60 points according to the MPNP evaluation criteria; And
- Ability to meet all other requirements of the skilled labor migration route including adequate disposal funds.
The province states that CUET holders who have worked for at least six months in any occupation in Manitoba may be eligible to apply to the MPNP under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba route.
On 29 June, Prince Edward Island invited 90 candidates to apply under its Labor and Express Entry categories. Canada’s smallest province conducts draws approximately every two weeks, focusing on candidates with local job offers or graduates from a PEI institution, as well as candidates in the Express Entry pool.