Prepared by Veronica Laurent; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Shi Hui Yu on July 7, 2021

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) (that are aligned with Express Entry) have maintained a steady pace in issuing nominations to prospective applicants, in the past month.

Except for Quebec and Nunavut, Canadian provinces and territories operate their own Provincial Nominee Programs. Thus, enabling each province to adopt its own criteria for selecting eligible foreign workers for permanent residence, especially those individuals who are best suited for their local labour market needs. Provincial Nominee Programs can be considered the primary route to permanent residence in Canada, resulting in over 80,000 new immigrants every year.

Highlights Of Express Entry Aligned Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Express Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Programs draws have been held quite often by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) since the beginning of the year. IRCC broke records by conducting two of its largest-ever Express Entry draws, issuing 1,002 invitations to apply on June 23 and 940 invitations on June 9, respectively. The graph below shows a quick overview of the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) sent by each province in June.



Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP):

Ontario held 3 draws in the month of June. The first draw was held under the Express Entry skilled trades stream through which an astounding 986 candidates were invited. The next was under the Employer Job Offer: foreign worker and international student streams inviting a total of 940 candidates and finally, 583 candidates were invited through Ontario’s Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities stream.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP):

The province held two draws this month under the Express Entry stream and invited 375 candidates. Initially, because of the pandemic, the province was only inviting candidates who had applied for a provincial nomination but since the past month, AINP has removed these criteria adjustments.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):

Saskatchewan held only one provincial nomination through Express Entry and occupations in-demand categories, issuing a total of 225 invitations to apply for provincial nomination.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP):

Manitoba issued 687 invitations through skilled workers in Manitoba, international education stream, and skilled workers overseas, out of which, 427 went to candidates’ Express Entry profile.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP):

British Columbia invited 917 candidates through Express Entry BC, skills immigration, and entrepreneur streams. The skilled workers’ category accounted for 57 percent of all nominations, 29.7 percent from the Tech pilot nominee, and a total of 117 nominations from the entrepreneur immigration stream. India and China were in the lead for nominations through the skills immigration stream for permanent residence.

 Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP):

Prince Edward Island issued 113 invitations to candidates. 101 invitations were issued through Express Entry and labour market streams. The remaining 12 were issued through the business impact stream. The province holds one pre-scheduled draw each month.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):

Provincial Nominee Programs are fast-track Canadian immigration programs and provide a unique pathway to migrate to Canada.

There are two types of provincial nomination programs:

  1. Base nominations: these streams work outside of the Express Entry system and are managed by the provinces themselves. Base nominations are subject to streams and processing standards. The candidates opting for base nomination should meet the criteria for a PNP pathway, then apply and if successful receive a nomination certificate. Once the nomination certificate is received the candidate can apply for permanent residence status with the IRCC.
  2. Enhanced nominations: these streams are linked with the Express Entry system suitable candidates are searched by the provincial immigration officials who match specific criteria. These provinces then invite the eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination.

Express Entry

Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence  under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about  ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.

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