Recently, five Canadian provinces have extended invitations for provincial immigration programs. These provinces use the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to nominate candidates for economic immigration. A PNP nomination strengthens a candidate’s application for permanent residence when submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The PNP offers various pathways tailored to candidates’ qualifications, such as those for international student graduates or individuals with a Canadian job offer. Provincial governments, sharing immigration responsibilities with IRCC, can nominate a predetermined number of economic immigrants annually. This approach allows them to select individuals who align well with their local economic and workforce needs.

All Canadian provinces and territories, except for Quebec and Nunavut, participate in the PNP. Quebec operates under a separate agreement with the federal government, giving it complete control over selecting its economic immigrants, though IRCC retains the final say in granting permanent residency.

The annual Immigration Levels Plan sets targets for PNP permanent resident admissions. For instance, Canada aims to admit 110,000 newcomers through the PNP in 2024, with similar targets set for the subsequent years. These targets are then distributed among provinces based on factors like population and economic necessity.

Provincial Immigration Results for December 9-15:

  • Ontario: On December 14, Ontario invited 2,359 candidates through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Human Capital Priorities stream. These candidates, part of the Express Entry pool, had Comprehensive Ranking System scores between 473 and 480. The draw focused on tech occupations, including data scientists, cybersecurity specialists, various types of analysts, developers, engineers, and technicians.
  • British Columbia: On December 12, British Columbia conducted five draws via the BC PNP, inviting over 192 candidates. The primary draw, with 73 candidates, didn’t specify occupations, requiring scores of 116 for Skilled Workers and International Graduates and 95 for Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled candidates. The other draws targeted specific sectors such as construction, early childhood education, healthcare, and other priority occupations.
  • Quebec: Quebec’s December 7 draw for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program saw 1,187 invitations for permanent selection without targeting specific occupations or human capital factors. Candidates needed a minimum score of 604. Successful invitees can apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate and subsequently for permanent residency with IRCC.
  • Manitoba: Three draws were conducted for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) on December 14. Manitoba invited 160 Skilled Workers who completed post-secondary education in the province, needing a score of 774. Additionally, 62 candidates from the International Education stream and 61 from the Skilled Worker Overseas category were invited, requiring scores of 714.
  • Alberta: Alberta announced a draw for 19 Express Entry candidates who qualified for the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with an Alberta job offer in the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. These candidates needed CRS scores of 300 or above. The province anticipates up to three months for application processing.

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