Canada’s three provinces Ontario, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island released the most recent PNP draw result. These provinces have issued ITAs to the qualified applicants through their Provincial Nominee Program.
Through PNP provinces can select economic immigrants they believe will integrate effectively into their economy and workforces. An application for Canadian permanent residency can be strengthened and increase the chance of acceptance with a provincial nomination. By nominating individuals to these programs, provinces can demonstrate their commitment to their economy and contribute to the development of their province.
First multi-year levels plan endorsed by provinces
The provincial government and federal government share immigration. The FNRI – (Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration) and IRCC met on March 10 to review shared priorities and make progress on goals set in July 2022.
Among the results of the recent meeting was the approval of a multi-year provincial nomination levels strategy. Approximately three years in advance, the IRCC will notify each province of how many PNP places they will receive.
As a result, provincial administrations can develop adequate plans to accommodate newcomers to the province by providing housing and infrastructure. Having this support in place will make it easier for provinces to retain newcomers.
Similarly, allocations have increased in other provinces. As an example, the PNP allocation for 2023 has increased by 3,175 places compared to 2022. In the following three years, Saskatchewan’s and Alberta’s PNP allocations have also increased significantly, with Saskatchewan’s becoming 8,500 by 2025 and Alberta’s becoming 10,849.
Canada’s most PNP draw results between March 11-17
Ontario conducted two draws on March 14 under ONIP’s (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) International Student Stream. 606 candidates targeted for healthcare and technology occupations with 70 and above scores were invited to the first round.
In the second draw, candidates with experience in skilled trades were eligible. An invitation was sent to 300 applicants who scored 74 or better.
The 16th of March also saw the conclusion of two targeted draws for those applying in the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Workers stream. A total of 344 applicants applied for jobs in technology and skilled trades, while 271 applied for jobs in finance, medicine, and education. As a result, the CRS scores for the first and second draws for this stream ranged from 294 to 489, respectively.
PNP allocations are often distributed to Ontario, the province with the most residents. No details have been released regarding the number of allocations the province has received under the new multi-year plan.
British Columbia has invited more than 230 individuals to participate in its weekly PNP draw on March 14.
The most popular draw was a technology-focused draw, which included 197 applicants from the international graduate and skilled worker streams (including Express Entry candidates). Applicants had to have a SIRS score of at least 83 in order to be eligible.
- A province could also invite people to work in the following occupations:
- A total of 23 assistants and child teachers are invited with a minimum score of 60.
- A total number of 21 healthcare workers including the category graduate, postgraduate, and Express Entry are invited with a minimum score of 60.
- Furthermore, other priority professions are invited with a minimum score of 60.
PEI – (Prince Edward Island)
For the nomination of candidates to the provincial government, Prince Edward Island invited 144 candidates. Of those 138 applicants, 138 were from the Express Entry category and 138 were from the Labor category.
A total of six invitations were sent to applicants with at least 52 points in the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur category. Moreover, PEI organizes monthly PNP draws.