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 Jan 7-Jan 13
On January 10, Ontario issued 404 invitations to apply to candidates in the overseas worker stream of the Employer Job Offers: Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The two invitations were issued as part of the Economic Mobility Pathways project. The draw targeted candidates in a skilled occupation who have a full-time job offer in a skilled occupation in TER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Qualified candidates need a score of 35 and above.
The province announced on 22 December that it had invited the maximum number of candidates allocated for the year. In total for 2022, Ontario issued invitations to 9,750 candidates.
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.
British Columbia issued 123 invitations to apply to candidates in a targeted draw for technical occupations on January 10.
Invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories and this included Express Entry candidates. Since the BC PNP’s Tech stream launched in 2017, more than 6,000 tech workers have been enrolled for provincial enrollment.
Candidates need a minimum SIRS score of 90. SIRS works much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), but is used only for the PNPs of British Columbia.
The province also conducted an invitational round for candidates working in the following occupations.
- Early Childhood Educator and Assistant (NOC 4214) with a score of at least 60 points;
- 17 Healthcare Worker from Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category, with a score of at least 60 marks and;
- Other demanding occupations with a score of at least 60 points.
Manitoba invited 322 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program on January 12. To receive an invitation, candidates must meet a baseline of criteria specific to their program. Overall, provinces invited:
- Skilled workers in Manitoba issued 260 invitations with a minimum score of 734.
- Skilled Workers Overseas issued 20 invitations with a minimum score of 713.
- International Education stream issued 42 invites without the requirement of score.
Of all those invited to apply, 27 had profiles in the Express Entry system.
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