Last week, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island issued invitations to candidates to apply through their provincial immigration programs.
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.
The provincial nomination does not promise to permanent residence; however, it can serve as the first step toward obtaining permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Almost every Canadian province and territory has its own provincial nomination programs except Quebec and Nunavut. Thus, only through these programs, interested candidates get a chance to apply for a potential nomination.
Using PNPs, provinces can target candidates with the skills and education required to assist with local labour shortages.
Results of Provincial Immigration (February 11-February 17)
On February 14, over 232 candidates applied for a provincial nomination in British Columbia. The province issued 183 invitations to candidates in a targeted tech draw that included tech occupations. The invitations were issued to the candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories, including Express Entry candidates.
Candidates in the targeted draw had to achieve a minimum SIRS score of 83. SIRS is essentially the same as the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), except that it only applies to British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
There are a total of five streams in the category of skills immigration. Out of which, four categories offer an Express Entry pathway while the fifth category is for Entry level and semi-skilled candidates.
British Columbia also held invitation rounds for candidates working in the following occupations;
- A minimum of 60 points must be achieved by 29 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);
- 20 healthcare workers with at least 60 points from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category;
- A minimum of 60 points for in-demand occupations
As of February 16, Saskatchewan conducted its first draw of the year 2023. The province’s Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 177 candidates via the Express Entry stream and 243 under the Occupation-In-Demand stream. This brought a total of 468 invitations with a required score of 84.
Additionally, to address the Ukrainian crisis, the province invited one candidate from Ukraine.
Prince Edward Island
On February 16, the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island invited 222 candidates through the Labour and Express Entry stream. In addition, a total of six candidates were invited through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur with a required score of 70. Candidates for PEI nomination through Express Entry must submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry is used to rate EOI profiles, and similar to the CRS, the highest-scoring applicants are asked to apply through monthly lotteries.