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Prepared by Veronica Laurent; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Peter Seeder on November 19, 2021

In October 2021, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted draws targeting provincial nominee candidates. Over 1,600 invitations were issued to the Express Entry candidates, who had a provincial nomination from any Canadian province. Most provinces and territories have at least one provincial program aligned to the federal Express Entry. Learn about Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, here.

So far, Canadian government has held Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) specific Express Entry draws every two weeks, on average. There have been 21 PNP-specific draws so far in 2021 and the number of ITAs issued via Express Entry this year exceeds that of last year.

Highlights of Provincial Nominee Programs | October 2021

Nearly all Canadian provinces and territories, except Quebec and Nunavut operates its own Provincial Nominee Program. Having their own migration programs allows provincial governments to select the most suitable candidates to meet their local labour market needs.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

A total of 7 draws were held through OINP in October. Overall, 2,620 candidates were issued invitations through streams like Express Entry, Employer Job Offer: Foreign worker, Human capital priorities stream, Entrepreneur stream and Master graduate and PhD Graduate streams. Out of the 2,620 candidates invited, 162 held a valid Express Entry profile at the time of invitation.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

British Columbia held a total of 6 draws in the month of October, inviting 960 candidates to apply for provincial nomination through Express Entry BC and skills immigration streams.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Draws were held on October 7 and October 21 in Manitoba, under three streams, namely: skilled workers in Manitoba, international education stream and skilled workers overseas. A total of 885 letters of advice to apply (LAAs) were issued, out of which 179 applicants had a valid Express Entry profile at the time of invitation.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta held only one round of invitation in the month of October for Express Entry candidates on October 12. The draw invited 293 candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 300.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

Prince Edward Island held a pre-scheduled draw on October 21 and invited 204 candidates. Out of the 204 invitations issued 195 invitations were issued to Express Entry and labour impact candidates and the remaining 9 were issued to Business impact candidates with a minimum point threshold of 72. So far, the province has held 10 draws this year and the total number of invitations issued are 1,541.

 

 

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):

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