Provincial Nominee Programs allow each Canadian province to set the requirements for their own immigration streams. Each Canadian province, except Quebec, has different nominee programs that operate in different ways. Many have programs that target international graduates, businesspeople, skilled workers, or semi-skilled workers. Additional targeted factors usually depend on labour market gaps or other needs of the province. For example, some provinces target skilled workers with strong proficiency in French to help increase their Francophone population.
Immigration through a Provincial Nominee Program makes up a large chunk of Canada’s total economic immigration. Of a total of 241,850 economic immigrants targeted for 2022, 83,500 are reserved for those applying under a Provincial Nominee Program.
Many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) hold draws in which they invite candidates to apply to be nominated for Canadian permanent residence. Some PNPs require candidates to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to be considered in these draws. Other programs invite candidates directly from the Express Entry pool that haven’t even applied for consideration.
Last month, the British Columbia Nominee Program (BCPNP) began holding targeted draws healthcare workers and early childhood educators (ECE). The BCPNP continue this trend in April, holding 17 separate Expression of Interest (EOI) draws, 15 of which were for targeted occupations.
British Columbia invited nearly 680 candidates to apply for nomination this month. The BCPNP’s draws targeted the following candidates:
British Columbia has also continued to hold general draws. These draws require a higher score than targeted draws.
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) held one draw through the Express Entry stream. A total of 250 candidates received an invitation to apply for nomination in Alberta’s April 14 draw. The lowest ranking candidate had a CRS score of 356.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited a total of 546 candidates through three nominee draws this month.
Both of Manitoba’s Skilled Worker Overseas draws targeted candidates who have received an invitation under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. Receiving an invitation from a Strategic Recruitment Initiative adds 500 points to a candidate’s Expression of Interest score, providing a strong advantage in MPNP draws.
Manitoba also held a special draw in response to the situation in Ukraine. This draw did not target a minimum required score.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 1,335 candidates through two PNP draws this April. Both draws this month were held under Express Entry aligned streams: the Skilled Trades stream and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream.
Ontario’s April 26 draw for Skilled Trades candidates was the largest of its type held this year, inviting 1,034 candidates. Invited candidates had a CRS range between 300-461.
The OINP also held a draw for French speakers in the Express Entry pool, issuing 301 Notifications of Interest (NOI) to eligible candidates with CRS scores between 460-467.
Prince Edward Island (PEI) PNP held an Expression of Interest (EOI) draw on March 21, 2022.
An additional 11 candidates were invited under the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur stream.
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