British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario held PNP draws and issued a combined total of 710 invitations to eligible candidates across various streams and categories. Ontario PNP draw was a little different because the province selected candidates from its new immigration intake system since its launch two weeks ago.
379 invitations issued in new BC PNP draw
Candidates across five categories invited in two separate draws by British Columbia
On May 11, 2021, British Columbia held two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, continuing the trend they started earlier this year.
The province issued invitations to 379 candidates who qualified in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry (EEBC) streams.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has been holding two different rounds of invitations bi-weekly. One is a general draw for candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories of the SI and EEBC streams.
331 candidates with EOI scores between 77 and 94 points received invitations in the general draw.
The second draw was also for candidates in the SI and EEBC streams but was geared specifically for individuals who have experience in retail and wholesale trade management and well as restaurant and foodservice managers.
A total of 48 invitations were issued through this draw. The selected candidates had to meet a minimum EOI score requirement of 112.
The candidates who received an invitation now have 30 days to submit their completed application.
B.C. continues to hold regular, weekly draws. The province will likely be holding a Tech Pilot draw the week of May 17, 2021.
Alberta drops CRS score to new low
250 candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination in latest AINP draw
Alberta held a Provincial Nominee Program draw on May 5, 2021 and dropped its score requirements to the lowest ever since May 2020.
In order to qualify for the draw, Express Entry candidates were required to meet a minimum score requirement of 300 points or higher.
250 candidates were issued invitations and if they are eligible for a nomination through the province’s Express Entry stream, they will receive an additional 600 points on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
With a CRS scores in the 900s, the candidate has an excellent chance of getting their permanent residency by the end of the year. IRCC issues invitations to the highest ranked candidates and in the last few months they have been holding regular rounds of invitations aimed specifically at PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates.
Due to the challenges posed by the pandemic, the only candidates who are being considered by the province are those currently living and working in the province.
Aside from meeting the score requirement, eligible candidates also need to demonstrate they have work experience in an eligible occupation. Unfortunately, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) does not put out a list of occupations that are considered to be eligible. Instead they have published a list of occupations that are considered ineligible for the stream.
To date a total of 1,659 Express Entry candidates have received an invitation from Alberta.
Health care and trades workers invited in new Ontario PNP draw
Invitations issued to candidates from Ontario’s new immigration intake system
Two weeks after the launch of a new immigration intake system, the province of Ontario held its first Employer Job Offer draw on May 11, 2021 and issued invitations to 81 candidates.
In order to qualify, applicants were required to have profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool and needed to meet a minimum EOI score of 31 or more.
In addition to the score requirement, candidates had to prove they have a job offer in one of eight skilled trades occupations or one of fifteen health care occupations.
Eligible skilled trades occupations:
7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7271 – Carpenters
7291 – Roofers and shinglers
7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7316 – Machine fitters
7318 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
Eligible health care occupations:
3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3112 – General practitioners and family physicians
3121 – Optometrists
3122 – Chiropractors
3124 – Allied primary health practitioners
3125 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131 – Pharmacists
3132 – Dietitians and nutritionists
3141 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3213 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3214 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 – Medical radiation technologists
3216 – Medical sonographers
3232 – Practitioners of natural healing
3236 – Massage therapists
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
Ontario’s Foreign Worker stream falls under the Employer Job Offer category and is open to those foreign nationals who are currently in possession of a valid job offer from an Ontario employer. They also need to have accumulated two years of work experience in a skilled experience and be committed to settling in Ontario.
Candidates can apply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria and are not required to be living within Canada at the time of application.
It’s quite promising that within weeks of launching, Ontario was able to issue close to 100 invitations. It will be exciting to see what happens in the coming weeks!