July 27, 2021 was a busy day for immigration draws as British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario held draws, issuing at total of 2,230 invitations to eligible candidates. In other news, a recent government study found that some industries and sectors in Alberta are seeing a rise in demand.
Effects of the pandemic: Alberta sees an increase in demand for 12 jobs
A government study has revealed that demand for certain occupations in Alberta have increased as a result of the pandemic
A study conducted by the Canadian government to see how the labor force has been affected by the coronavirus in every province and territory, has uncovered some interesting facts about how the pandemic has affected the various industries and sectors across the country.
While a significant number of sectors were negatively impacted due to shutdowns and pandemic-related closures, other sectors have seen the opposite effect. In fact, some sectors are seeing an increased demand and more job openings.
The study has found that in Alberta, 12 occupations have seen an upward trend in 2020 when compared to the previous year and employers are keen to hire for these positions. The occupations are as follows:
- NOC 0213 – Computer and Information System Managers
- NOC 1228 – Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
- NOC 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
- NOC 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
- NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
- NOC 2264 – Construction inspectors
- NOC 3011 – Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
- NOC 3131 – Pharmacists
- NOC 4153 – Family, marriage and other related counsellors
- NOC 4165 – Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
- NOC 4212 – Social and community service workers
- NOC 7205 – Contractors and supervisor, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
For individuals wishing to come to Canada, the above occupations is an excellent way of become a permanent resident quickly and efficiently.
Applicants who are interested in immigrating to Canada through these occupations don’t need a job offer to apply, and instead demonstrating skilled work experience will go a long way.
Because these occupations fall under “skilled” category, candidates can apply through one of the programs managed by the Express Entry system; the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is another possible immigration pathway for interested candidates.
Something important to keep in mind, these changes may not be permanent as the ongoing pandemic has left the market unpredictable. So if you’re interested, act quickly to make sure you don’t lose your shot.
1,140 Express Entry candidates invited by Manitoba in new PNP draw
Manitoba issues record-breaking number of invitations to eligible immigration candidates
With Q3 well underway, Manitoba is ramping up its immigration efforts. During the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw held on July 27, 2021, the province issued 1,140 invitations, or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA).
This is the highest number of LAAs to be issued through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in a single draw, ever.
It’s 123 more LAAs, compared to the previous highest record of 1,017 from the June 28, 2021 draw.
Unlike previous draws, the July 27 draw focused entirely on selecting candidates from the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. In order to be eligible for the draw, they had to have submitted their profile’s in the province’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system and had to meet a minimum EOI score of 557 or higher.
The score of 557 is based on the province’s own scoring matrix and is not linked to the federal government’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
With this draw, the total number of LAAs issued by Manitoba since the beginning of 2021, is at 6,139.
Many of the candidates who received LAAs earlier in the year have received Invitations to Apply (ITA) from the federal government by this point as IRCC has been holding frequent PNP specific draws in the last few months.
They will likely receive their permanent residencies by the end of the year.
B.C. holds Tech Draw and issues 59 invitations
Immigration candidates who received invitations from British Columbia can now apply for a provincial nomination
July 27, 2021 saw a Tech Draw being held in British Columbia.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has been holding weekly draws for BC PNP Tech, which was made into a permanent program this June.
During the draw, a total of 59 immigration candidates who work or have work experience in the tech industry, received invitations.
Candidates were selected from the Express Entry B.C. and Skills Immigration (SI) categories. Specifically from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategory.
In addition to meeting the requirements of their specific categories, candidates had to have registered with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and also needed to meet a minimum provincial score of 80.
Once an invitation has been issued, candidates are given 30 calendar days to submit their documents and application for a provincial nomination. If there are no setbacks, applications are typically processed within three months.
Those who are successful in receiving the provincial nomination, will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score. This will go a long way to ensuring they are selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
Ontario holds new PNP draw targeting candidates with specific work occupations
Managers, health care workers and other individuals were eligible in Ontario’s latest PNP draw
Express Entry candidates who have work experience in specific occupations were eligible to receive an invitation when Ontario held a PNP draw on July 27, 2021.
A total of 1,031 immigration candidates with experience in occupations such as health care, human resources, transportation etc., received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
As part of the draw requirements, candidates had to have a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and have a CRS score between 458 and 467. They were also required to have work experience in any of the 18 occupations listed below:
- NOC 0114 – Other administrative services managers
- NOC 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
- NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
- NOC 0125 – Other business services managers
- NOC 0211 – Engineering managers
- NOC 0311 – Managers in health care
- NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers
- NOC 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
- NOC 0711 – Construction managers
- NOC 0731 – Managers in transportation
- NOC 0911 – Manufacturing managers
- NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals
- NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
- NOC 2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
- NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- NOC 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists
- NOC 3231 – Opticians
- NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses
To receive their provincial nomination, candidates have to demonstrate they have at least one year or more of work experience.
Candidates who receive the nomination will have 600 points added to their CRS score. IRCC has been holding Provincial Nomination Program and Canadian Experience Class specific draws in recent months and issuing invitations to the highest ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool.
Chances are therefore high these candidates may receive an invitation from IRCC in the coming months.
With every next draw, Canada gets one step closer to meeting its immigration targets for 2021.