Launched in 1998, the PNP is quickly becoming one of the top ways in which newcomers arrive in Canada. Here’s an overview for the month of November 2021.
November 2021: Overview of PNP Immigration results
During the month of November, close to 3,000 invitations were issued to immigration candidates through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
All of Canada’s provinces and territories (except for Nunavut and Quebec who have their own immigration programs) have a PNP. Launched in 1998, the PNP is quickly becoming one of the top ways in which newcomers arrive in Canada.
The PNP allows the provincial government to select and issue invitations to immigration candidates they feel will be able to meet the province’s labor market needs and help grow the economy. While there are some general requirements that every province looks for, each province has its own distinct criteria based on its specific needs.
Here is a brief breakdown of the participating provinces’ draw results for the month of November. To note, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) did not hold any draws in November.
B.C. is the only province that holds weekly PNP draws and since February of this year, every second week, B.C. has been holding two draws. In November, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a total of six draws which resulted in 861 candidates receiving an invitation.
Two draws were held in Manitoba in November and 849 immigration candidates were selected from the Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, and International Education streams. Of the 849 Letters of Advice to Apply, 143 went to candidates with valid Express Entry profiles.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held one draw in November and issued 633 invitations.
The province also announced that a new pilot program would be launched in December 2021 to help employers find talent internationally for certain in-demand industries and occupations.
Like Saskatchewan, Alberta also held one round of invitations. The draw resulted in 200 candidates receiving invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. Selected candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 343.
Prince Edward Island
Since the start of 2021, PEI has been following a schedule of monthly draws. The one for November was held mid-month on the 18th and resulted in 188 immigration candidates being invited.
Most of the candidates were selected from Express Entry and Labor Impact streams with a handful of invitations going to Business Impact candidates.
No PNP draw was held in Nova Scotia for November, however, the province did add three new eligible occupations in its Occupations In-Demand stream. The addition means food counter attendants, food and beverage servers and light-duty cleaners can now apply under the PNP.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador held three draws under the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador stream and the results from those draws were released in November. In total 663 candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination.
December likely won’t see this many draws being held by the provinces as the year begins to wind down.
Given the rising popularity of the PNP and how much the federal government has relied on these programs to increase the immigration numbers, it will be interesting to see how 2022 unfolds.
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