PNP monthly roundup

Canada PNP Monthly Roundup: May 2023

Published on: June 1st, 2023

PNPs play an important role in Canadian immigration by allowing each province or territory to nominate individuals they would like to immigrate to their respective territory or province. Here is our roundup of all the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw results for the month of May 2023.

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What Are Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)?

Provincial Nominee Programs allow each Canadian province to set their own requirements for their different immigration streams. Each Canadian province, except Quebec and Nunavut, has different nominee programs that operate in different ways. Many have programs that target international graduates, businesspeople, or in-demand work experience. Other targeted factors often depend on the labour market or demographic gaps in the province. For example, Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream targets skilled workers with a strong proficiency in French to help increase their Francophone population.

Immigration through a Provincial Nominee Program makes up a large portion of Canada’s total economic immigration. Of a quarter of a million economic immigrants targeted for 2022, about 83,500 are reserved for those applying under a Provincial Nominee Program.

How Do Provincial Nominee Programs Operate?

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.

Ontario

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province operates several immigration streams divided into three categories:

May 2023 Draws:

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates under two separate draws this month, and invited a total of 984 candidates through the following streams:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream- 400 invited through 1 draw targeting specific skilled trade occupations.
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student stream – 584 invited through 1 targeted draw for tech and health care occupations.

To date as of the end of May 2023:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream – 1,730
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student stream – 2,110
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream – 295
  • Masters Graduate stream – 1,444
  • Ph.D. Graduate stream – 131
  • Entrepreneur stream – 37

Quebec

Quebec operates a number of different immigration programs enabling eligible candidates to secure Canadian permanent residence. The federal government has granted the province of Quebec significantly more autonomy in immigration policies and procedures, which is why Quebec’s immigration programs are often treated separately from other provinces.

May 2023 Draws:

There was one draw held in May 2023 to apply for Quebec permanent selection. A total of 802 persons were invited to apply. Applicants had a score equal to or higher than 575.

These invitations were addressed to those with a valid job offer outside the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal or those with the following NOC:

  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
  • 5223 Graphic arts technicians
  • 4031 Secondary school teachers
  • 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • 2143 Mining engineers
  • 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants

Manitoba

Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas includes the following streams:

Applicants who are successful through any of these Manitoba streams will receive an official provincial nomination from Manitoba. This provincial nomination makes applicants eligible to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

In order to be eligible for all three streams included in the Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas category, candidates must score a minimum of 60 points on the MPNP Points Assessment Grid.

May 2023 Draws:

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued a total of 1,094 invitations through 3 nominee draws this month.

Manitoba’s draws invited candidates eligible under three nominee streams:

MPNP also held a special Ukrainian draw for those affected by the war in Ukraine. A total of 29 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued for this type in May. Expressions of Interest have only been considered for candidates that:

  • are a citizen of Ukraine
  • have a minimum of CLB 4 in each language band
  • have a valid language test
  • score at least 60 points according to MPNP assessment criteria

British Columbia

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian Permanent Residents in BC. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province operates several immigration streams divided into two categories:

May 2023 Draws:

The British Columbia Nominee Program (BCPNP) held a total of 13 nominee draws this month, 10 of which targeted a set of in-demand occupations such as healthcare workers, early childhood educators and assistants and tech occupations.

British Columbia issued more than 858 invitations in Expression of Interest (EOI) draws in May.

A majority of the BCPNP’s nominee draws this month targeted certain in-demand occupations, including:

Prince Edward Island

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways that target immigrants with business acumen, skilled workers, and young graduates who are fresh from post-secondary education.

The PEI PNP gives prospective newcomers the chance to receive a provincial nomination through one of its many immigration streams, which may fast-track their path to Canadian permanent residence. The province operates several immigration streams divided into three categories:

May 2023 Draws:

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) held two nominee draws this month.

The PEI PNP issued a total of 278 invitations through the Express Entry & Labour streams.

An additional 3 candidates were invited under the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur stream.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, workers with job offers, and entrepreneurs. The province operates several immigration streams divided into three categories:

May 2023 Draws:

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held 4 Expression of Interest (EOI) draws for candidates eligible under the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand categories. The 4 draws invited 2,076 candidates and targeted individuals with an Educational Credential Assessment and work experience in an in-demand occupation.

How Can I Increase My Chances of Receiving a Nomination?

Just by submitting an Express Entry profile, you can increase your chances of receiving a provincial nomination. Provinces frequently scan the Express Entry pool and invite profiles that help respond to labour or demographic gaps. Ensuring your profile is strong and indicates your interest in multiple provinces can also help increase your chances of being invited through an Express Entry PNP.

Since many PNPs require candidates to have a connection to the province, studying or working in Canada can also help to increase your chances.

What Is The Ideal PNP Candidate?

The ideal PNP candidate is one that has work experience and skills that help a province respond to the labour market or demographic needs. Other factors that may increase one’s chances include:

  • Strong ties to the host province (ex. previous work experience, job offer, previous studies, family)
  • Work experience in an in-demand occupation
  • Strong English proficiency
  • Proficiency in French

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