Three provinces held PNP draws during the week of April 5, 2021 in several different categories and streams. The total combined number of invitations issued from the draws held by Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia is 602. Successful candidates will be eligible in future IRCC draws.
Alberta holds PNP draw and issues 200 invitations
The minimum CRS requirement goes up by one point to 302 in Alberta’s newest PNP draw.
On April 6, 2021, the province of Alberta held a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) selected 200 immigration candidates from the Express Entry pool and issued them invitations to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
To qualify in the draw, candidates were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 302. This is one point higher than the previous requirement of 301 in the last two draws held by the province.
In addition to meeting the cut-off score, candidates also needed to have a valid profile in the Express Entry system.
Successful applicants will receive an additional 600 points on their CRS score, increasing the likely hood of being selected during Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) next round of invitations.
At this time, Alberta is only considering candidates who are already living and working in the province due to pandemic related travel restrictions.
The applicant’s work experience has to be from an occupation approved by the province.
Alberta compiled a list of occupations that are considered ineligible for the stream. Any occupation is fine not listed on this is considered eligible by the AINP.
528 Express Entry candidates invited in Ontario’s new PNP Tech Draw
Express Entry candidates with work experience in the tech industry were issued invitations by Ontario
The province of Ontario held its second Tech Draw of the year on April 13, 2021 and issued invitations to 528 immigration candidates.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited candidates who may be eligible for a nomination in the Human Capital Priorities stream.
In order to qualify, candidates had to have a valid profile in the Express Entry system and meet the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 456 and 467.
Selected candidates were also required to have at least one year of work experience in one of the six tech occupations listed below:
- NOC 0213: Computer and information systems managers;
- NOC 2147: Computer engineers;
- NOC 2172: Database analysts and data administrators;
- NOC 2173: Software engineers and designers;
- NOC 2174: Computer programmer and interactive media developers;
- NOC 2175: Web designers and developers.
Candidates who cannot prove or do not meet the work experience criteria will be refused.
Once the invitation has been received, candidates will be given 45 calendar days to submit their completed applications for Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Third largest PNP draw of 2021 held in British Columbia
The province issued 452 invitations to candidates in Skilled Immigration, Express Entry and Entrepreneur Immigration categories.
Four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws were held in the province of British Columbia on April 13, 2021.
A total of 452 immigration candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination from British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
|Category||Minimum Score||Number of Invitations|
|SI – Skilled Worker||95|
|SI – International Graduate||95|
|SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||79|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||95|
|EEBC – International Graduate||95|
Draw results for NOCs 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) and 0631 (restaurant and food service managers) only:
|Category||Minimum Score||Number of Invitations|
|SI – Skilled Worker||113|
|SI – International Graduate||113|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||113|
|EEBC – International Graduate||113|
The two additional draws were held for candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration streams:
Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category:
- Minimum score required: 126
- Number of invitations issued: 6
Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot
- Minimum score required: 116
- Number of invitations issued: 5
To date this year, 3,441 invitations to apply have been issued through B.C.’s weekly PNP draws.
Next week, the province is expected to hold a Tech Pilot draw.
156 invitations issued by PEI in monthly PNP draw
Candidates in Labour Impact, Express Entry and Business Impact categories received invitations in latest PNP draw.
During the draw, the through Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) issued invitations to 156 immigration candidates.
Candidates in the Express Entry and Labour Impact categories received the majority of the invitations (140 in total). The remainder of the invitations (16) were issued to candidates in the Business Impact category who met the minimum required score of 75.
The score requirement was five points higher than the PNP draw held on March 18, 2021 where candidates needed a minimum score of 70.
PEI is following a monthly Invitation to Apply scheduled which was published late last year. With the fourth draw, the total number of invitations issued so far is, 638.
If PEI maintains this trend for the rest of the year, they will issue approximately 1,200 more invitations by December 2021.
Due to travel restrictions and pandemic related border closures, Immigration all across Canada has seen a steep decline.
With each new draw, the federal government gets one step closer to meeting its goal of admitting 80,800 newcomers through PNPs.