Ontario, British Columbia (B.C.), and Manitoba have issued nominations through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) this week, while Quebec has also issued invitations through its provincial immigration program.
Across Canada, 11 of the country’s 13 provincial and territorial governments – excluding Quebec and Nunavut, where PNPs are not operated – use their PNP to find immigration candidates who they feel best align with the labour force and demographic needs of their region.
Upon being issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) by a province or territory, immigration candidates who are interested in moving to the region that gave them an EOI can proceed in one of two ways. First, the candidate can apply directly to a PNP program. Second, the candidate can be selected by a provincial government through the Express Entry application pool.
Candidates who receive a PNP nomination can also strengthen their candidacy for economic immigration through Express Entry because provincial nominees automatically receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points on their Express Entry application.
British Columbia conducted four targeted draws for Skilled Workers and International Graduates through the BC PNP. In addition to this, the BC PNP also issued a total of 102 invites in a general draw. This draw saw invitations spread between candidates from five different streams.
Also on February 6, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), issued 2,086 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates that qualified for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. The draw targeted candidates in healthcare occupations. Then, on February 8, the OINP conducted three more draws, one under the Human Capital Priorities stream and two under the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.
Quebec released the results of a January 24 draw that invited two separate groups of candidates based on different eligibility criteria.
On February 8, Manitoba posted new results from three recent EOI draws, inviting a total of 282 candidates.
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