Through the Provincial Nomination Programs, invitations were issued by 5 provinces in the recent week namely Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia, and New Brunswick.
Most provinces invite candidates through Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). Economic Immigration candidates who can contribute to the labour force and are most likely to integrate easily into the labour market are selected by provincial governments through these programs. Newcomers can be targeted by a specific number of invitations allocated to the provinces. Through the PNP, the target of admitting 105,000 new permanent residents to Canada for 2023 is included in the immigration levels plan.
Quebec does not use PNP as it has a unique agreement with the federal government which allows the provincial government to select economic immigrants who wish to settle in a province.
Provincial Immigration Results April 1-7
Under the Ph.D. candidate stream and Master’s Graduate stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), 883 candidates were invited to Ontario. Both draws were held on April 4. Through the Master’s Graduate stream, 772 candidates were invited with a minimum cut-off score of 52 and above.
This was the first draw of 2023 for Ph.D. candidates in which 131 Ph.D. Graduate stream candidates need a score of 48. To support doubling the number of skilled immigrants, Ontario recently announced to invest an additional $ 25 million over three years. As stated by the province, along with other IT updates, this investment will speed up processing and enhancing security.
On April 4, 175 candidates were invited to the province through the British Columbia PNP. No specific occupations were targeted in this draw. There were candidates in Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled candidates with minimum SIRS scores of 85, International Graduates streams with minimum SIRS scores of 103, and Skilled Worker streams with minimum SIRS scores of 103.
6 healthcare workers from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category with scores of at least 60 points and 17 early childhood educators with scores of at least 60 points were the two targeted draws held by the province.
Draw results for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program were posted on April 4. 70 through the NB Employment Connection, 74 through the NB Occupations-In-Demand Connection, and 42 through the NB Student Connection were invited which means 186 candidates were invited in total. Province recently announced a 67% increase in the PNP allocation for 2023. A multi-year PNP program was endorsed by the immigration ministers in the meeting of the Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) which was proposed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Through the Quebec Regular Skilled Workers Program on March 30, 619 candidates received invitations from Quebec. Across several in-demand sectors, candidates who met the criteria of specific TEER NOC codes received invitations to apply (ITAs). A minimum score of 578 is required to the candidate, a valid job offer is also required outside the territory of Communuat’e m’etropolitaine de Montr’eal.
Through the Express Entry stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), 150 candidates were invited on March 30, and results have been made available recently. In addition to meeting the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score of 372, candidates require to hold a primary occupation in demand and a family connection.