Ontario and Manitoba this week issued an invitation for candidates to apply through their Provincial Nomination Program (PNP).
Although provincial enrollment is not the same as permanent residency in itself, it can be the first step toward obtaining permanent residency from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own provincial enrollment programs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nominations. Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are different from Canada’s immigration programs.
PNP has 105,000 PR admissions per year. 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 December 24-December 30
On December 21, Ontario issued 725 letters of interest to candidates in the master’s graduate stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
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.
Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and welcomes the largest number of newcomers each year. It also has the largest allocation of invitations available to apply under any PNP in Canada. For 2022, Ontario was able to issue invitations to 9,750 candidates. The province announced on 22 December that it had invited the maximum number of candidates allocated for the year.
The province says new applications, and applications already submitted to OINP, will continue to be accepted and considered under the program’s 2023 enrollment allocation.
Manitoba invited 16 candidates on December 29 through special immigration measures implemented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in response to the situation in Ukraine.
To receive nomination for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), candidates must meet the following criteria:
- are citizens of Ukraine;
- Each language band must have at least 4 CLBs;
- have established ties to Manitoba (close relatives, such as family, community, previous employment or study in Manitoba);
- have a valid language test; And
- Obtain at least 60 points as per the MPNP evaluation criteria.
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