Provincial Nominee Program Draws Held December 2020

Four provinces across Canada hold Provincial Nominee Program draws in December. Quebec, B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan each hold draws through Skilled Workers and Express Entry streams issuing a total of 1,458 invitations to apply to qualified candidates, for entry to Canada in 2021.

Quebec’s Arrima Draw

233 Invitations to Apply were issued by the province of Quebec to qualified candidates on December 16 2020 under the province’s Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP).

The RSWP is a designed for individuals who intend to settle in the province of Quebec and who have specific skills and work experience that the province is seeking.

Two types of individuals were invited during the draw. One group had to demonstrate a valid job offer from an employer in Quebec. The second group was made up on people currently residing in Quebec as a diplomat, a United Nations or other intergovernmental organization representative or a consular officer.

In order to be eligible for the draw, candidates had to complete and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Arrima, the province’s online registration portal.

Unlike all the other provinces, Quebec manages its own immigration programs and they have a very specific selection process, very different from the federal government’s approach. This is due in large part to Quebec’s desire to maintain its French language and rich heritage. 

What is Arrima?

Launched in 2018, Arrima has been designed to manage and simply the application process for RSWP. Once an individual creates their EOI in Arrima, they become part of a pool of eligible candidates. Their profiles are then reviewed by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). Individuals with profiles and work experiences that MIFI feels can assist and support the province’s economic growth are issued invitations to apply (ITAs).

Upon receipt of an invitation, candidates have to submit all necessary documents. Their application is reviewed by the province’s immigration ministry and assigned a score based on things like language skills, age, education and work experience. If a candidate passes this evaluation, they are provided with a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). 

The CSQ is proof that an individual has been approved to live in Quebec, they can then apply for their permanent residency with IRCC.

Quebec, like much of Canada, needs immigrants to keep growing and maintain its economy. As such, the province is planning on welcoming 47,500 new immigrants in 2021.

For anyone looking to settle in Quebec, now is an excellent time to consider applying!

Manitoba Holds Biggest PNP Draw of the Year

On December 17, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program held its highest draw of the year.

A total of 419 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued under one of the following streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba:
    • Individuals who have the work skills necessary to fill the gap in Manitoba’s labour market.
    • Must have a permanent full time job offer from an employer in the province.  
    • 329 LAAs sent out. Minimum EOI score required: 375
  • Skilled Workers Overseas:
    • Individuals who have required work skills and experience and can establish a connection with the province. Frequently, this is done through familial or friendship ties.
    • Eligible candidates do not need to be physically living in the province when submitting their application.
    • 40 LAAs sent out. No EOI score required.
  • International Education Stream:
    • Students who graduated from an institution in the province and who have an in-demand skill can apply.
    • 50 LAAs sent out. Minimum score required: 706

37 of the LAAs were issued to Express Entry candidates with a valid profile in the Federal Express Entry System and who ranked high on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates must also have work experience in one of Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations list as well as a job seeker validation code.

Expression of Interest (EOI) in Manitoba:

The province of Manitoba established an EOI system for individuals wishing to move to the province. Candidates first need to register their EOI with the MPNP. This is not an application but rather a detailed candidate profile.  

The profiles are evaluated and ranked according to criterions like language skills, work experience, education, and other family members who are currently settled in the province. Based on these factors, they are given a score out of 1000.  

When the province conducts a draw, the highest ranked individuals under a specific stream or category are then issued LAAs.

With the 419 LAAs issued, Manitoba closed out the year 2020 with a total of 4,888 issued invitations.

B.C. Invites 230 Candidates in New PNP Draw

Just before Christmas, British Columbia held a Provincial Nominee Program draw and invited candidates under two streams:

  • Skilled Immigration: Candidates under the following sub-categories who possess the required skills and work experience to contribute to B.C’s economic growth were invited:
    • Skilled workers (score of 95);
    • Entry level and Semi-skilled workers (score of 77);
    • International graduates (score of 95).
  • Express Entry: Candidates with valid profiles in the Federal Express Entry pool and falling within the two sub-categories below, were invited:
    • Skilled Worker (score of 99)
    • International Graduate (score of 99)

The total number of ITAs issues were 230.

Due to the impact of COVID on certain businesses and sectors, some National Occupation Classification (NOCs) were excluded from the draw for the time being.

Like most of Canada, certain parts of B.C.’s economy is growing rapidly with shortages in many high-demand occupations, while other sectors are struggling due to the pandemic. Immigration is the solution to these problems and through the BC PNP, the province is making sure to attract the right people to settle in the province.

Individuals with the appropriate skills, work experience and desire to succeed.

People wishing to take advantage of the program need to create a profile through BC PNP’s online portal and register under the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The individual’s profile is evaluated given a score based on their language skills, education, work experience etc. If approved, the candidate is issued an ITA.

For anyone who has always dreamed of settling into the picturesque province of British Columbia, the BC PNP is an excellent way of fast-tracking permanent residency.

B.C. holds monthly draws in a range of categories and frequently issues up to 5,000 invitations.

Individuals who received an ITA during the December 22 draw will have thirty (30) days to complete and submit their applications for permanent residency. If approved by IRCC, they can look forward to coming into Canada sometime in 2021.

Saskatchewan Invites 576 Candidates in New PNP Draw

Like many provinces across Canada, Saskatchewan also held a PNP draw in December just before the holidays.

The SINP is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Nominee Program where the province can target and select candidates with very specific skills and send invitations to them. The SINP is very important to the province’s economy since its primary industries are agriculture, fishery and forestry.

Applications for SNIP are accepted under:

  • International Skilled Worker Category;
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category;
  • Entrepreneur and Farming Category;
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category.

The December 17 draw was open to qualified candidates with work experience in a specific occupation, in the International Skilled Worker category under two streams:

  • Express Entry: In this stream, 190 candidates with profiles in the Federal Express Entry pool were sent ITAs.
  • Occupations In-Demand: This stream included candidates who did not have profiles in the Federal Express Entry pool but who have work experience in areas where the province has identified a labor shortage. 386 candidates were invited in this sub-category.

In total 576 ITAs were sent out during the December 17 draw.

Expression of Interest (EOI):

Individuals interested in this draw had to have submitted an EOI with the SNIP and have the appropriate educational assessments. In order to be eligible for the draw, the province also required candidates to have a score of 71 or higher on the SINP Points Assessment Grid. This scoring is separate from the federal government’s CRS ranking.

The EOI system, submitted online, is used by the province to review a candidate’s work experience, language skills  and other qualifications so they can select the most qualified candidates and those best suited to the province’s economic needs. As of November 24 2020, the province is giving bilingual (French and English) candidates up to ten additional points, depending on proficiency.

Canada’s Immigration Plans 2021-2023:

The PNP draws held by provinces across Canada show the country’s and provinces’ commitment to welcoming a record-breaking number of newcomers over the next few years.

During the unveiling of the Immigration Levels Plans 2021-2023 in October 2020, Minister Mendicino announced Canada’s aim to welcome 401,000 new immigrants in 2021, with the numbers increasing annually through 2023.

If the provinces continue to hold monthly, weekly draws and issue thousands of ITAs, Canada will surely hit its target!

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