The month of December is well underway and as the holidays approach, immigration draws wind down. During the week of December 6th, Ontario held its first draw in over a month while B.C. continued its weekly draws. A combined total of 1,504 invitations were sent out.
1,186 invitations issued by Ontario in new PNP draw
Ontario holds a new draw under the Employer Job Offer category after holding none in the month of November
After going over a month without any new draws, the province of Ontario held a new Provincial Nominee Program(PNP) draw on December 7, 2021.
The draw targeted candidates under the Employer Job Offer category and resulted in 1,186 eligible candidates receiving invitations.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) specifically selected candidates under the three following subcategories:
- Foreign Worker
- International Student
- In-Demand Skills
Some of the invitations also went to candidates under the Regional Immigration Pilot.
In order to be considered for the draw, candidates were required to submit a profile in the province’s new Expression of Interest (EOI)system and meet provincial scoring requirements.
The In-Demand Skills stream also required candidates to have work experience in specific industries such as:
- Health Industry;
- Nursery and Greenhouse;
- Sewing machine operators;
- Electronics assemblers.
The complete list of occupations can be found on Ontario’s website.
The federal government allocates a certain number of nominations to each province and territory on a yearly basis.
Ontario’s 2021 allocation was 8,350 with an additional 250 nominations reserved for temporary foreign workers.
By November 10, 2021 the province had exceeded its allocation and issued 8,600 nominations.
Given the increasing need for new immigrations, Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s immigration minister has stated he will be asking Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to double the allocation for 2022.
New PNP draw held in British Columbia: 318 candidates invited
Province continues to hold weekly draws to attract foreign workers with experience in high demand industries
On December 7, 2021, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its weekly PNP draw and invited 318 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
Candidates were selected from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams; specifically under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled subcategories.
As has become the norm since February of this year, B.C. holds two draws every second week. Under the general draw, 267 candidates who met the scoring requirement between 71 and 100, received invitations.
The second draw was for candidates whose occupation fell under NOC 0621 and NOC 0631. A total of 51 eligible candidates were invited. The provincial score requirement for this draw was 103.
Since the beginning of this year, B.C. has been holding weekly draws and to date, the province has issued invitations to over 11,000 immigration candidates through its numerous BC PNP streams and categories.
Invited candidates will need to submit their completed application for a provincial nomination within 30 calendar days. These applications will likely only be processed in the first quarter of 2022.