A number of Canadian provinces have extended invitations to individuals to apply for provincial nomination this week. Quebec and Nunavut are the only Canadian provinces that do not have a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Through the PNP, provincial governments are able to select candidates who are most likely to economically establish and integrate into the local labor force and economy.
The PNP places a high likelihood of selection on candidates with specific in-demand attributes within the province. This means that most provinces hold draws to select candidates in specific occupations, such as the healthcare pathway for Express Entry candidates in Alberta, or they could be invited based on their language abilities such as the French-speaking skilled workers stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). There are also streams within most PNPs for international graduates to encourage them to stay in the province after graduation.
The provincial nomination does not automatically grant permanent resident status, but it does strengthen the application, particularly for Express Entry candidates who receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for a nomination, in addition to their original score.
Ontario recently invited 984 candidates from the Express Entry French Speaking Skilled Workers stream. These candidates were in the Express Entry application pool and needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score between 317-469 to be considered.
In British Columbia, more than 193 candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams of the BC PNP were invited. Candidates were invited in five separate draws, each targeting a specific occupation.
Alberta has recently posted the results of three Alberta Advantage Immigration Program draws, with all candidates also being in the Express Entry application pool.
Prince Edward Island invited 134 Express Entry, Skilled Worker, and Critical Worker Stream candidates in the PEI PNP on January 18, all of whom needed a minimum point score of 65 to be considered.
Overall, the invitation of candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program in the various Canadian provinces demonstrates the enduring economic prospects and opportunities available in Canada.
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