28 Apr 2023
Candidates Invited by Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, PEI, and British Columbia to PNP Draws
Last week, five provinces invited candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The federal government established the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 1998 to enable provinces to share responsibility for immigration. Provinces are able to nominate economic immigration candidates who they believe most successfully establish themselves economically within the province.
Provincial immigration ministers endorsed a new multi-year immigration plan for provinces on March 10. This plan enables provinces to anticipate the number of new permanent resident admissions for up to three years in advance.
In Canada, Quebec is the only province with no PNP and instead selects 100% of its economic immigrants. This is because of a distinctive agreement between the province and federal government.
The federal government is responsible for determining the total number of PNP nominations issued each year through the Immigration Levels Plan and then allocating them among the provinces. The current immigration levels plan aims to admit 117,500 new permanent residents through the PNP annually by 2025.
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Results for Provincial Immigration from April 15 to 21
In April, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) conducted two draws, the results of which were only released last week. These draws were open to candidates with Express Entry application management system profiles.
The initial draw was held on April 5, and 53 candidates were invited under the Designated Healthcare Pathway: Alberta Job Offer stream. Their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranged from 300 to 600.
The second draw occurred on April 18 and invited 68 candidates from the Sector priority – Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer stream. The CRS scores of the invited candidates ranged from 300 to 700.
As per the special immigration measures of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for those impacted by the current unrest in Ukraine, Manitoba invited 28 candidates from the country on April 17.
The candidates must still meet specific eligibility criteria under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, such as having a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 4 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They also need to have a connection established within the province and prove they possess enough settlement funds.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 1067 candidates on April 20. Of these, 444 candidates were nominated from the occupations-in-demand category, and the remaining 623 were Express Entry candidates. All candidates had to achieve a minimum score of 69.
This draw was the first in a month for SINP and is notably more significant than the March 23 draw, where only 496 candidates were nominated.
Prince Edward Island
On April 20, PEI PNP invited 189 candidates in their latest draw. Of these, 180 candidates were in the Labour and Express stream; the remaining nine were Business and Entrepreneur nominees who met the minimum point threshold of 72.
This draw signifies a return to the province’s regular draw pattern. PEI generally conducts PNP draws once a month, but in March, the province invited candidates in three draws, the last being on March 30.
BC invited over 203 candidates in the latest BC PNP draw held on April 18.
The most significant draw comprised 158 candidates across five streams in a general draw without any targeted occupations. Candidates from the skilled worker stream (including Express Entry candidates) had to score at least 104. For the International Graduate stream, candidates needed a score of 104, and for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates, the score requirement was 85.
Additionally, in the latest draw. The province targeted 29 candidates in the skilled worker and international graduate streams for early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202).
The selection committee chose sixteen candidates from healthcare occupations, while fewer than five were selected from other priority occupations. All targeted candidates had to score a minimum of 60.
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