Last week, three Canadian Provinces – Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia have announced invitations for candidates to apply through provincial nomination programs. Quebec has invited the largest number of candidates for the year 2022.
Unlike other provinces, Quebec and Nunavut conduct their own Provincial Nomination Programs. In contrast to Canada’s immigration programs, Quebec’s immigration programs are distinctly administered by the Province.
Since its launch in 1998, the PNP has grown in prominence significantly, now accounting for over 80,000 PR admissions every year. This rapid rise is due to the fact that the federal and provincial governments consider it an effective promotional tool for Canada’s economic development.
While it is true that provincial nominations do not in themselves obtain permanent residence, however, they can serve as the prime step towards achieving permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Provincial Nomination Results: Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia
On September 8, 2022, Quebec announced its tenth and largest provincial draw in the Arrima Expression of Interest system 2022 where around 1,202 skilled workers were invited to apply under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
Candidates needed to have profiles under the Arrima Expression of Interest System along with a minimum score of 620 points. Quebec requests candidates to submit their application and processing fee within 60 days. After a successful submission procedure, the candidates must have received Quebec Selection Certificate which can be further used for Canadian PR application.
By announcing invitations to 823 candidates under the Master’s Graduate Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on September 20, candidates needed to meet eligibility by scoring at least 33 or more. In addition, candidates must have met the following eligibility criteria;
- Lived in Ontario for at least 1 year
- Degree in masters from the university in Ontario.
- French or English language proficiency with a CLB level of 7 or more.
On September 21, British Columbia invited over 352 candidates to apply under the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories, for provincial nominations. Entry-level and semi-skilled candidates were also included in the BC’s provincial draw.
The province’s unique SIRS score for the draw was calculated between 91 for skilled workers with express entry, 70 for semi-skilled candidates with entry-level, and 60 points for healthcare workers, and childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214).