Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba have issued invitations to candidates to apply through their most recent rounds of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws.
Most Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PNPs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nominations. Obtaining a provincial nomination can be beneficial in obtaining permanent residency.
Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are different from Canada’s immigration programs. Quebec is the only province that has controls on immigrants from all economic classes.
There are 105,000 PR enrollments per year in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It started in 1998 and since then there has been a steady increase in the annual number of PNP admissions. Both the federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool for promoting economic development outside urban centres.
Provincial Immigration Results January 22 – January 27
On January 24, Ontario issued a total of 620 invitations to apply to candidates in the International Student Stream of the Employer Job Offers: Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). It was a normal draw, meaning there was no targeted business. Candidates need to score minimum 82 marks to get the invite.
This stream is for international students with a job offer in a skilled occupation. The job offer must be in a skilled occupation in TER (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities) Category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Ontario also invited 692 candidates through the master’s graduate stream on January 25. The minimum score of the invited candidates was 44.
To be eligible for this stream, candidates must satisfy the baseline eligibility criteria such as the following:
- Must have a Master’s degree from an eligible university in Ontario.
- Language Requirement: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher (English or French).
- Must have legally resided in Ontario for at least one year in the preceding two years.
British Columbia issued 221 invitations to apply to candidates in a general draw on January 24 that included technical occupations.
Invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories and this included Express Entry candidates.
Invitations were also issued to entry level and semi-skilled candidates. SIRS scores ranged between 82–102 for a normal draw.
SIRS works much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), but is only used for PNPs in British Columbia.
The province also conducted an invitational round for candidates working in the following occupations.
- 31 Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with a score of at least 60 points;
- 18 Healthcare Worker to Skilled Worker, International Graduate including Express Entry Category, with a score of at least 60 points and;
- Other demanding occupations with a score of at least 60 points.
Manitoba invited 336 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program on January 26. To receive an invitation, candidates must meet a baseline of criteria specific to their program. Overall, provinces invited:
- Skilled workers in Manitoba issued 253 invitations, with a minimum score of 726.
- Skilled Workers Overseas issued 23 invitations with a minimum score of 713.
- International Education stream issued 60 invites without score requirement.
Of those invited to apply, 32 had profiles in the Express Entry system.
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