This week Quebec announces changes to its Arimma scoring system to encourage immigration to other regions within the province while Ontario and B.C. hold provincial nominee draws in numerous streams and issue a combined total of 1,795 invitations to eligible immigration candidates.
Immigration candidates with job offers eligible in Ontario’s new PNP draw
The province invited candidates from In-Demand Skills stream in latest draw
Since launching its new immigration intake system, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has held several draws under various streams.
Less than a month ago, the province introduced the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream and on July 15, 2021, Ontario held the first draw under this stream.
A total of 54 immigration candidates with scores of 11 or higher were invited by Ontario to apply for a provincial nomination.
The In-Demand Skills stream is focused more on the province’s labor needs as opposed to targeting occupations that are considered to be ‘high-skilled’. The reason being, Ontario is facing labor shortages in occupations that are viewed as ‘low-skilled’.
This new stream allows foreign workers who have eligible job offers and at least nine months of cumulative work experience, a chance to become permanent residents.
For this draw, candidates had to have work experience in one of the following ‘low-skills’ occupations:
Health and agricultural occupations:
- NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
- NOC 8431 – general farm workers
- NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
- NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers
- NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
Manufacturing (outside Greater Toronto Area only):
- NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing
- NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
- NOC 9417 – machining tool operators
- NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators
- NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
- NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
- NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators
- NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
- NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
- NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
- NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
- NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
- NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
The draw will likely move quickly as the invited candidates have been given two weeks (14 calendar days) to submit all the necessary paperwork and application for a provincial nomination.
An additional draw for the Regional Immigration Pilot was also held and resulted in one invitation being issued. A minimum EOI score was not required for this draw.
Ontario issues 1,685 invitations: largest Expression of Interest draw to date
International students and temporary foreign workers with profiles in the province’s new EOI system were eligible for new draw
On July 13, 2021, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held three major PNP draws.
The draws targeted international students, foreign workers and applicants who have job offers in rural communities.
A total of 1,685 immigration candidates received invitations from the province through the draws. To date, this is the largest number of invitations to be issued in one shot from Ontario.
The largest chunk of the invitations (1,211) were issued to candidates eligible under the Foreign Worker stream who met a minimum score of 33 or higher. Because this was a general draw, there were no targeted occupations or specific location requirement.
For the International Student stream, a total of 431 candidates with an EOI score of 62 or more received invitations.
The remainder of the invitations (43) went to candidates who were registered under the Regional Immigration Pilot.
Selected candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination. If they are successful, they will be eligible for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the federal government.
Since IRCC has been holding frequent Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific draws, chances are high the selected candidates will get their permanent resident papers before the end of the year.
New immigration scoring system introduced in Quebec
Quebec is encouraging immigration candidates to choose other communities and cities in the province by awarding more points to those who settle outside of Montreal
On July 14, 2021, the province the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), announced the launch of a new points system in Quebec to rank the candidate profiles registered in Arrima’s Expression of Interest pool.
Under the new socring system, candidates can get up to 1,320 points; 580 points for human capital factors such as proficiency in French, age, work experience, education etc.
The remaining 740 points are dedicated to Quebec’s needs in the labor market. And those factors include education in Quebec, work experience from within Canada, job offers etc.
The province is facing shortages in several fields. As a means of encouraging settlement in other communities within Quebec, the province is awarding up to 380 points to candidates who have job offers outside of Montreal. Those who have offers in the Montreal metropolitan area receive 200 less points at a maximum of 180.
Additional points can be accumulated for a spouse or common-law partner.
According to MIFI’s press release, the new Expression of Interest system has been designed to find a better balance between the province’s labor market needs and the welcoming of new immigrants. The goal is to support economic and social growth of all regions throughout the province.
Quebec is planning on holding a first round of invitation through the new points system in the coming weeks.
56 Tech candidates invited in new B.C. PNP draw
Since the start of 2021, B.C. has issued 6,225 invitations to candidates through PNP draws
A draw B.C. PNP Tech draw was held on July 13, 2021 and invitations were issued to 56 immigration candidates with work experience in-demand technology occupations.
After being renewed several times over the last for years, the B.C. PNP Tech is now a permanent part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
In order to qualify for this draw, candidates had to register a profile online through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and meet the requirements of either Express Entry B.C or Skills Immigration categories.
For this draw, the candidates were selected from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. A minimum provincial score of 80 or higher had to be met.
Candidates will now have thirty calendar days to submit an application for a provincial nomination.
Those who are successful will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This influx of points will boost their profiles and is a near guarantee they will be selected during Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) next round of invitations.
Next week, the province will be holding a regular PNP draw.