Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for Last Week of February

Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba all held Provincial Nominee Program draws during the week of February 21, 2022. Ontario drops CRS cap while B.C. and Manitoba hold regular draws. A combined total of 2,029 immigration candidates received invitations through the draws and can now apply for a provincial nomination. 

CRS cap removed by Ontario for latest PNP draw 

Ontario holds new draw for candidates in targeted occupations 

A total of 773 Express Entry candidates received an invitation from the province in new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw held on February 22, 2022. 

Candidates who may be eligible for a nomination under the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream were selected by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). 

In order to qualify for the draw, candidates were required to have a valid profile in the Express Entry system and meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 455 and 600. Profiles also had to be submitted between February 22, 2021, and April 29, 2021. 

The most points an Express Entry candidate can get without a provincial nomination is 600. For this draw, Ontario removed the score cap meaning that in general, candidates with a CRS score higher than the maximum amount of points are considered ineligible to apply for a nomination. 

In addition to meeting the scoring requirement, candidates had to demonstrate they have one year or more of work experience in a targeted occupation. 

The occupations listed by their NOC code are as follows: 

  • 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

Candidates who received an invitation from the province will need to submit their application for a provincial nomination within 45 calendar days. 

CRS cap removed by Ontario again for Skilled Trades draw 

For a second time in a row, Express Entry candidates selected by Ontario for a draw did not have to meet a CRS cap 

On February 24, 2022, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held a new draw for candidates who may be eligible for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades stream. 

A total of 818 Express Entry candidates received invitations from the province. 

In order to qualify, the selected candidates had to have a profile in the Express Entry system (created between February 24, 2021, and February 24, 2022), and meet a minimum CRS score of 359. 

Earlier this week, the CRS cap was removed by Ontario. The same thing was done for this draw as well, so candidates who were previously ineligible were now eligible to apply for a nomination. 

Ontario has been holding regular draws since the beginning of 2022 resulting in thousands of candidates getting one step closer to becoming permanent residents in Canada. 

The largest draw to be held by Ontario so far in 2022 took place on January 27, 2022. During that draw, a total of 1,032 candidates were selected from the Skilled Trades stream. 

British Columbia holds weekly PNP draw: 160 invitations issued 

Over 1,300 immigration candidates have received an invitation from the province so far in 2022 

Two new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was held by British Columbia on February 22, 2022. 

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited a total of 160 eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Candidates were selected through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, specifically from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories. 

Under the first, general draw, 145 invitations were issued to candidates who met a minimum provincial score between 77 and 125 (the score requirement depends on the program they are eligible for). 

The second draw resulted in 15 invitations issued to candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 and NOC 0631. These candidates had to meet a minimum score of 125 for all subcategories. 

For the last year, B.C. has been following a trend of holding two separate rounds of invitations every two weeks. The second draw always targets the two occupations as there is a high number of candidates registered in B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) from specific market sectors. 

Selected candidates must submit their application package online in 30 calendar days. 

278 candidates invited by Manitoba in new PNP draw 

Over the last eight weeks, 1,309 immigration candidates received invitations from the province to apply for a provincial nomination 

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) held a new PNP draw on February 24, 2022, and issued invitations (called Letters of Advice to Apply) to 278 eligible candidates. 

Candidates who wish to get a nomination from the province, need to create and register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP. The profiles are evaluated and given a score out of 1,000. The highest-scoring candidates are selected during a draw. 

No score was required for the Education stream. 

Draw results at a glance: 

StreamsNumber of LAAs IssuedMin. Score Required
Skilled Workers in Manitoba206612
Skilled Workers Overseas 39685
International Education Stream33N/A
Total 278 

66 of the invitations went to candidates with a valid profile in the Express Entry pool. 

Candidates who successfully receive the provincial nomination will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score. This boost in points is a near guarantee that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s(IRCC) will select their profiles and issue them an Invitation to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency during a round of invitations. 

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