Last week, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba invited candidates to apply through their provincial immigration programs. Most Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec and Nunavut) have their own provincial nomination programs. Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are distinct from Canada’s immigration programs. It is the only province that has control over all economic class immigrants.
Each year, 105,000 PRs are admitted through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Since 1998, the annual number of PNP admissions has steadily increased. Both the federal and provincial governments see it as a valuable tool for promoting economic growth outside of urban areas.
Results of Provincial Immigration (31st December to January 6th)
On 4th January, the province issued invitations to 163 candidates in a general draw that included tech occupations. The invitations were also issued to the candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories with a minimum SIRS score of 105. The round of invitations also included Express Entry candidates. Entry-level and semi-skilled candidates were also invited by the province with a required score of 82.
British Columbia also held invitation rounds for candidates working in the following occupations;
- A minimum of 60 points must be achieved by 28 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);
- 20 healthcare workers with at least 60 points in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category;
As part of the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program, the province invited a total of 280 candidates on December 29. To qualify, candidates must meet a baseline of requirements specific to their program.
The province invited:
- Skilled Workers and issued 202 invitations with a minimum score of 750.
- Skilled Workers Overseas and issued 40 invitations with a required score of 711.
- International Education Stream issued 38 invitations with no score requirement.
Out of the total who were invited to apply, 21 had profiles in the Express Entry system.