Candidates were invited by 5 provinces this week in PNP draws, which were namely, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island.
The federal government releases the total number of PNP nominations each year in the immigration levels plan and then it is divided among the provinces. The current immigration levels plan has set a target of admission of 117,500 new permanent residents through the PNP per year by 2025.
Provincial immigration minister advertised a new multi-year immigration plan on March 10 which allows the province to see the number of new permanent resident admissions that can be expected for up to 3 years in the future. Only one Canadian province named Quebec selects 100% of the economic immigrants and it does not have a PNP because of a unique agreement between the province and the federal government.
Provincial Immigration Results April 15-21
In the latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program draw on April 18, more than 203 candidates were invited by British Columbia. A general draw usually means that no specific occupations are targeted. In one such draw, which was the largest draw over 5 streams, 158 candidates were invited. From the skilled worker stream including Express Entry candidates, a minimum score of 104 was required. A minimum score of 85 was required by entry-level and semi-skilled candidates and a score of 104 was required by candidates from the international graduate stream.
29 candidates in the international graduate and skilled worker streams for early childhood educators and assistants, 16 candidates in healthcare occupations and less than 5 candidates in other priority occupations needed a minimum of 60 scores.
Through the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP), a total of 1067 candidates were invited on April 20 of which 623 were the Express Entry candidates and 444 candidates among them were nominated from the occupations-in-demand category. 69 was the minimum score that was required by the candidates. In the March 23 draw, only 496 candidates received nominations.
Prince Edward Island
189 candidates were invited by PEI in the latest draw of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program on April 20. The cut-off score of 72 was met by 180 candidates in the Labour and Express Stream and nine candidates in the Business and Entrepreneur Stream. The draw from the province indicates a return to the normal pattern as PNP draws are typically held by PEI once a month, however, candidates were invited to three draws in March, the last being on March 30.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 28 candidates from Ukraine on April 17, in alignment with special immigration measures for those affected by the current unrest in the region. Candidates are needed to fill certain eligibility criteria under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). For example, an established connection within the province as well as a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 is required by a candidate in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
So far in April, two draws were held by the Alberta Advantage Immigration System (AAIP) with results only published this week. Candidates with Express Entry profiles were issued invitations. With Comprehensive Ranking System scores ranging from 300 to 600, 53 candidates were invited on the first draw that took place on April 5, under the designated healthcare pathway: Alberta job offer stream. With Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging from 300 to 700 on April 18, 68 candidates were invited on the second draw from the Sector priority – Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer stream.