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The Easiest Provinces to Get Canadian Permanent Residence in 2021

Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNPs) allow each province and territory to select candidates that meet their specific criteria and nominate them for Canadian permanent residence

So which Canadian province makes it easiest to get PR? Keep reading to find out which Canadian province is right for you as you start off on your Canadian immigration journey!

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There are more than 80 different PNPs, each with their own unique eligibility requirements. PNPs let provinces respond to their own unique immigration needs. Often, PNPs are designed to fill gaps in the labour force, so they will target candidates with experience in high-demand occupations.

Many PNPs require candidates to have a connection to the province, through previous work experience in the province, previous study in the province, or a job offer from an employer in the province. However, there are a few PNPs that are perfect for those living outside of Canada who don’t have any connection to Canada’s provinces.

These are the three easiest provinces to get Canadian permanent residence in 2020:

#1 – Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker

Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker PNP is designed to bring workers with experience in the province’s in-demand occupations. In order to be eligible, a candidate must have at least one year of experience in one of the jobs included on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List.

With the expansion of the In-Demand Occupations List, more candidates may now be eligible to apply. As well, candidates must have completed a post-secondary educational credential of at least one year and have some proficiency in either English or French.

There are two streams of Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker that are for candidates outside of Canada. First, the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream, which requires a candidate to have an active Express Entry profile in order to apply. Second, the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand stream, which doesn’t require an Express Entry profile.

#2 – Alberta’s Express Entry Stream

Canada’s western province of Alberta is home to some of Canada’s thriving cities, such as Calgary and Edmonton. With a growing job market and great education system, it is a province that should definitely be considered when thinking about your immigration options.

The Alberta Express Entry stream selects candidates from the federal Express Entry pool and invites them to apply for a nomination by the province. One major benefit of this stream is that the minimum CRS score is 300, which means more candidates in the pool will have a chance at receiving a Notification of Interest from the province.

Receiving a provincial nomination will increase an applicant’s CRS score by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

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#3 – Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario is Canada’s most popular destination for immigrants with many newcomers drawn to the bustling city of Toronto and its growing tech-jobs sector. As such, the province has a large quota for helping newcomers immigrate through PNP streams.

For those living outside of Canada, Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities stream is a great option! This stream prioritizes skilled workers who will be able to fill skilled employment positions in the province.

Human Capital Priorities is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. In order to be considered, a candidate must have an active Express Entry profile with a CRS score of 400 points or higher. Ontario scans through all Express Entry profiles and invites certain profiles to apply to the PNP. The exact criteria Ontario uses to select candidates has not been made public.

Last summer, Ontario began conducting draws targeted to tech workers under the Human Capital Priorities Stream. To be eligible, applicants are required to have work experience in one of six designated NOC codes. Since its launch, the province has conducted a total of three tech-specific draws, with a total of 4,350 invitations issued so far. 

Ontario also offers a PNP stream for French-Speaking Skilled Workers who have profiles in the Express Entry pool. If you have intermediate to advanced proficiency in French, this program may be a great option for you!

Which PNP is Right for You?

With more than 80 PNPs to choose from, we know that it can be difficult to narrow down which immigration program may be best for you. If you’re interested in learning more about Canada’s PNPs or other ways to immigrate to Canada, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!

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