This week, Alberta publishes details of two PNP draws and Ontario, B.C. and Manitoba hold draws. The four provinces issued a combined total of 2,626 invitations to eligible candidates. The candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination, bringing them one step closer to permanent residency in Canada.
Details from Alberta’s two September PNP draws released
Alberta held two draws for Express Entry candidates with CRS scores of 300
Over the last month, Alberta held two rounds of invitations for candidates who were in the Express Entry pool.
One draw was held on September 14, 2021 and the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued invitations to 385 candidates. The second draw was held exactly one week later on September 21, 2021 and resulted in 450 Express Entry candidates receiving invitations.
For both draws, the selected candidates had to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300 in order to be eligible.
Candidates who are interested in applying through the Alberta Express Entry stream must create an Express Entry profile and have work experience in an eligible occupation. Instead of listing all eligible occupations, Alberta does things a little differently and provides a list of occupations that are ineligible.
The results of these draws bring up the total number of invitations issued by Alberta since the beginning of the year to 5,342.
In 2020, the province issued 4,000 nominations in total before going into a temporary hiatus. This was a lower number than originally anticipated due to the effects of COVID.
The number of nomination certificates allocated to the province for 2021 is 6,250.
International students and workers invited by Ontario in new PNP draw
995 immigration candidates with profiles in Ontario’s new EOI system received invitations from the province
On September 21, 2021, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held a new round of invitations targeting International Students and Foreign Workers.
The draw resulted in 995 candidates receiving invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. In order to be eligible, candidates had to create and submit a profile in Ontario’s new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool and meet the scoring requirements.
Under the Foreign Worker Stream, 406 candidates with an EOI score of 37 received invitations. This stream is open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer in hand from an employer in Ontario.
If the applicant meets the required eligibility criteria, it is not necessary to be residing in Ontario or Canada at the time of application. Because this was a general draw, there were no additional requirements such as targeted occupations or location.
523 invitations went to candidates in the International Student stream. They were required to meet a minimum EOI score of 61.
The remaining 66 invitations went to candidates who are registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot. Within this category, 36 of the candidates were foreign workers and 30 were international students.
72 workers invited by Ontario in new PNP draw
Third In-Demand skills draw held by province, largest one so far
Following the draw for International Students and Foreign Workers, Ontario held a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on September 22, 2021 for candidates in the In-Demand Skills stream.
This was the third In-Demand Skills stream draw to be held by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) since the launch of the new intake system. With 72 invitations issued, this was also the largest draw to be held.
Under the new system, candidates are able to register a profile at any time and if they meet the requirements, be eligible for periodic draws. This system replaced the previous model where applicants were selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The general draw resulted in 65 candidates receiving invitations. A draw was also held for the Regional Immigration Pilot and under this draw, 7 candidates were invited.
No EOI score was required for this stream, however, candidates needed to demonstrate they have work experience in one of the following 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 the GTA 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 In-Demand skills stream helps Ontario target labour shortages in occupations that are viewed as ‘low skilled’. Foreign workers wishing to apply under this stream must have at least 9 months of cumulative work experience within the last three years.
Part-time work may be acceptable but seasonal work experience does not meet the eligibility requirements.
British Columbia invites 74 candidates in new Tech draw
Over 8,661 invitations have been issued to candidates by the province since the beginning of 2021
The province of British Columbia held a draw on September 21, 2021 for tech workers.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) selected 74 immigration candidates during the draw and can now apply for a provincial nomination.
In order to get an invitation from B.C.’s Tech draw, candidates need to submit a profile in the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and have to meet the requirements of either the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories.
In this draw, candidates were selected from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories.
Aside from meeting a required provincial score of 80, candidates also had to show they have valid job offers in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations. The job offer has to be for a full-time position, be valid for a period of at least one year and has to have at least 120 days remaining on it from the time of application.
From the date of selection, candidates are given 30 calendar days to apply for their nominations.
Since the start of 2021, British Columbia has been holding weekly draws, alternating between PNP and Tech draws. The draws have resulted in over 8,661 invitations being issued to eligible candidates.
Manitoba’s newest PNP draw sees 650 invitations being issued
Since January 2021, more than 8,000 immigration candidates have received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination
Manitoba held a new PNP draw on September 23, 2021 and issued invitations to 650 qualified immigration candidates.
The selected candidates can now submit their documents for a provincial nomination from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
The draw results are as follows:
|Streams||Number of LAAs Issued||Min. Score Required|
|Skilled Workers in Manitoba||529||401|
|Skilled Workers Overseas||67||718|
|International Education Stream||54||N/A|
Manitoba refers to invitations as, Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs). 135 LAAs went to Express Entry candidates.
Candidates who successfully receive a provincial nomination will automatically be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score. This influx of points is a near guarantee they will be selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) during a round of invitations.
In recent months, IRCC has been holding PNP specific and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) specific draws only in order to meet its immigration targets of welcoming 401,000 newcomers in 2021.If the applications are submitted and processed in time, many of these candidates may receive an Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for permanent residency, before the year is out.