Five provinces invited candidates in provincial immigration draws from June 30 to July 7, namely, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Alberta.
Most of the territories and provinces of Canada have Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) except Quebec. Quebec has a special agreement with the federal government due to which it has its own distinct set of rules for admission of skilled foreign nationals.
The provinces usually target economic immigration candidates who are most likely to benefit the provincial labour force by economically establishing themselves and filling urgent job vacancies under Provincial Nominee Programs.
Recently, an approach similar to the Provincial Nominee Programs has been adopted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For in-demand occupations, now there are six dedicated categories on a national scale. Between June 27 and July 7, six Express Entry rounds of invitations were held, five of which were for eligible occupations under category-based selection.
Provincial Immigration Results from June 30 to July 7
Recently on June 29, Quebec updated the provincial nominee program results to show that 1,218 persons were invited by the Minister of Immigration, Francization, and Integration to apply for permanent selection.
Candidates must have an occupation with specific National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes and level 7 oral proficiency or higher is also required by candidates in the French language. Depending upon the eligible NOC, the minimum score was different in this draw. 584 was the cut-off score for some candidates, and 592 for others.
Through the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on July 6, 748 PNP candidates were invited to Ontario to apply for nomination.
In this draw, targeted occupations were from the tech sector and the range of CRS cut-off scores were between 479 and 485.
In 2023, Ontario can invite 16,500 candidates, as it has the highest allocations of PNP nominations in Canada. It is nearly double the allocations provided to the province in 2022, i.e., 9,500.
For 137 candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams, including Express Entry candidates, three draws were held under British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program on July 5.
With a minimum Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score of 90, 97 candidates were invited by the largest draw. 17 candidates in healthcare occupations and 23 early childhood teachers and assistants were the remaining two draws.
Invitations were sent to candidates by British Columbia every Tuesday in similar draws.
On June 29, 587 invitations were issued to candidates in three streams over four draws under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Skilled workers may have been eligible for one of the two draws. With a cut-off score of 613, 315 candidates were invited in the first draw was occupation-specific.
Food service supervisors, food counter attendants, food service managers, kitchen helpers, and related support occupations were the occupations that were considered. Skilled Workers from all occupations were issued 184 letters of advice with a minimum score of 662.
From the Skilled Workers Overseas stream, 26 candidates were invited and 62 candidates were invited from the International Education Stream, with a cut-off score of 717 in the remaining two draws.
Draw results were recently posted from June 29 under Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Invitations were sent to 12 candidates in a small draw under the Express Entry Dedicated Healthcare Pathway. The Cut-off CRS score was 354. Through this stream, 105 candidates were invited by Alberta since April this year.
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