IRCC: More than half of Express Entry invitations go to PNP candidates in 2022

Data from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that 19,160 Invitations to Candidates (ITAs) were received to apply to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2022.

The total number of ITAs issued was 37,315, meaning that 51% of ITAs in 2022 went to PNP candidates. Receiving an ITA means that IRCC is considering the candidate as a potential permanent resident, and they can submit their application for final consideration by an IRCC official.

New IRCC data sheds more light on increased PNP enrollment, including the number of ITAs by province and Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score range.

Invitation by CRS Score

Most Express Entry candidates (17,905) received an ITA in 2022 if their CRS score was between 491-600.

The remaining 19,160 candidates with CRS scores greater than 600 were Express Entry candidates whose provincial nominations were extended.

Increased enrollment occurs when a province expresses interest in a candidate already in the Express Entry pool because they are more likely to settle and integrate easily into the provincial economy.

It is not possible to obtain a CRS score over 600 without obtaining a provincial nomination.

invitation by event

The largest number of candidates were invited from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) after PNP. ITAs were given to 12,960 candidates.

IRCC issued 5,200 ITAs to candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

No candidates were invited from the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) in 2022.

The FSWP requires candidates to have at least ten years of full-time work or equivalent paid work experience in an occupation that falls under the National Occupational Skills TEER 0, 1, or 2. They also need to have a valid language ability test that scores the equivalent. At least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four abilities (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in English or French.

In addition, FSWP candidates must have secured at least 67 marks out of 100 on the FSWP grid. Grid assesses candidates based on factors that include age, education, work experience, systematic employment, language ability and compatibility. Finally, candidates need to meet the settlement fund criteria to prove that they have enough savings to financially support themselves in Canada.

Express Entry candidates to the CEC require one year of full-time work experience in Canada, obtained within the last 36 months and a CLB of 5 for candidates with NOC Tier 2 or 3 jobs or a CLB of 5 for NOC Tier 0 or 1 jobs CLB 7 for. , Typically, candidates applying for PR through the CEC are already living and working in Canada as temporary residents.

invitation by province

The number and types of ITAs issued in 2022 vary by province of intended destination.

Ontario was the leading destination in terms of intended province of residence—17,920 candidates in total. Of those, 8,990 CEC candidates who obtained ITAs indicated that they intended to settle in the province. This makes Ontario the only province where the number of CEC candidates exceeds the number of those in the PNP who intend to settle.

British Columbia was the second most preferred destination for Express Entry candidates. 4,240 ITAs were issued to PNP candidates (out of a total of 7,495 for all programs) who were planning to settle in the province.

Alberta was the intended destination for 4,655 ITA recipients and Manitoba for 2,195. All other provinces posted fewer than 2,000 ITA recipients, with Newfoundland and Labrador seeing only 345 ITA recipients and territories less than 50 each.

Enhanced Enrollment by Province

Most of the ITAs issued by IRCC went to Express Entry candidates with enhanced PNP enrollment. This does not include Quebec, which selects all of its economic immigration candidates regardless of program due to a unique agreement with the federal government.

province enrollment numbers
Newfoundland and Labrador 305
Prince Edward Island 385
Nova Scotia 1,620
new Brunswick 775
Ontario 5,170
Manitoba 1,995
Saskatchewan 1,235
alberta 3,385
British Columbia 4,240
Yukon 25
Northwest Territories 15
Total 19,160

PNP allocation on the rise

Immigration targets have been set to increase since the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 was released last November. Among the goals, IRCC aims to admit more than 105,000 new permanent residents under the PNP in 2023 and up to 117,500 per year by 2025. This is the highest goal of any economic class immigration program, including Express Entry managed programs.

Following the Forum for Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) meeting, the IRCC has announced a significant increase in PNP allocation places for the provinces. It comes with the first ever multi-year Provincial Immigration Level Plan. The plan will allow the provinces to know how the national PNP allocation will be distributed among the provinces for three years. This information can help the provinces to plan appropriately for the increase in population due to immigration.

As part of the new plan, Ontario, which welcomed its maximum allocation of 9,750 newcomers under the PNP for 2022, has significantly increased its allocation to 16,500 by 2023. Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and welcomes over 40% of newcomers to Canada each year. The PNP target for Ontario is set to increase to more than 18,000 by 2025.

Other provinces are also getting the benefit of the increased target. For example, the Manitoba PNP allocation for 2023 is an increase of 3,175 places compared to 2022. Alberta and Saskatchewan also report significant increases in allocations over the next three years, with Saskatchewan’s PNP going up to 8,500 places by 2025 and Alberta’s up to 10,849.

Express Entry in 2023

Since January, 37,559 ITAs have been issued to candidates in the Express Entry draw. This is more than the total ITA issued in 2022.

Between January and mid-March, only two draws were all-program. The remaining draws were programme-specific, three for PNP and one for FSWP. On 15 March, the IRCC held the first of three consecutive all-program draws, where each time 7,000 candidates were invited and candidates from all programs were considered.

The majority, 21,000, were issued in three consecutive draws between 15 March and 29 March.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser recently announced that, later this year, the IRCC will begin holding draws that target Express Entry candidates with specific work experience, language abilities, education, or any attribute that may contribute to the Canadian economy. will meet a need.


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