British Columbia, PEI (Prince Edward Island), Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are the provinces that have released results for their PNP (Provincial Nominee Programs) this week.
The PNP- following its launch in 1998 – welcomed only 400 immigrants. Its success is what welcomes more than 80,000 per year. The rise in the number of PNP admissions in the country is due to the federal and provincial governments considering it a highly effective tool to promote Canada’s economic development.
PNP Results September 9-16
Prince Edward Island
On September 15, Prince Edward Island (PEI) invited 142 candidates through the Labour and Express Entry streams and five through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur streams for a total of 147 invitations issued.
Express Entry candidates who wish to be nominated by Prince Edward Island should submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP.
EOI profiles are granted a score, which is based on PEI’s points grid – like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply through draws every month.
Prince Edward Island holds draws through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program each month.
On September 13, British Columbia invited more than 290 candidates to apply for provincial nomination through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). This province usually holds a provincial nomination draw each week.
Most candidates were invited through a general draw, including tech occupations. Different from the draw last week, this draw did not particularly target candidates outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
The invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories, which included Express Entry candidates as well. As well, the draw consisted of Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates. The minimum SIRS scores varied from 78 to 120.
SIRS acts like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). However, it is only used for the PNP of British Columbia.
Also, BC held rounds of targeted invitations for candidates working in the below-mentioned occupations:
- 27 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of no less than 60 points.
- 12 Healthcare workers with scores no less than 60 points.
- Healthcare worker: Healthcare assistants with scores of no less than 60 points.
- Other priority occupations with scores of no less than 60 points.
The province of Saskatchewan invited a total of 326 candidates on September 15. Draws were targeted for diverse NOC Occupations-In-Demand and through the Express Entry system.
The 273 candidates who received an Expression of Interest through the Occupation-In-Demand category, and the 53 invited through Express Entry had minimum scores of 60.
On September 14, Manitoba invited 9 candidates under the Special Immigration Measure* – Ukraine program.
The program was created in response to the continuing crisis in Ukraine and the resulting refugees and acts in partnership with IRCC’s response, the Canada Ukraine Authorization of Emergency Travel (CUAET).
Candidates, to be eligible for this program under the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program, must meet a baseline of criteria. Expressions of Interest through MPNP are issued only to those individuals who:
- Are Ukraine citizen
- Have established connection to MB (family-like, close relative, community, earlier employment or studies in Manitoba)
- Have no less than CLB 4 in each language band
- Score no less than 60 points according to MPNP assessment criteria
- Have a valid language test
The majority of Canadian provinces and territories (with Quebec and Nunavut as exceptions) operate their own PNPs. Through these programs, candidates with a deep interest may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
Provincial nomination acts as the first step towards taking advantage of your CRS score and obtaining PR status, albeit it is not the same as a permanent residence.
Provincial Nominee Program candidates with Express Entry profiles receiving a nomination get 600 points added to their score. Also, they become eligible to be invited to apply for a PNP-specific round of invitations.