Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for First Week of March

Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec all held Provincial Nominee Program draws during the week of February 28, 2022.

International student graduates and workers invited by Ontario in five draws 

Province’s newest PNP draw targets Master’s and PhD graduates, international students and workers 

Within the span of a couple of days, Ontario held five Provincial Nominee Program draws for immigration candidates. 

In total, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to 1,493 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. 

The draws were held between February 28 and March 1, 2022. 

On February 28, a draw was held for candidates with an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 16 under the PhD stream. 

The following day, on March 1, draws were held for eligible candidates under the Master’s Graduate, Foreign Worker and International Student stream. 

Draw results at a glance: 

PNP StreamMinimum EOI scoreNumber of Invitations 
Master’s Graduate41238
Foreign Worker39456
International Student72411
International Student *targeted occupations* 42215
PhD Graduate16173
 Total Invitations   1,493 

Targeted invitations were also issued to candidates in the International Student stream who have work experience in one of the NOC below and who meet a minimum score of 42. 

  • 2232 – Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2233 – Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • 2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • 2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians
  • 2282 – User support technicians
  • 2283 – Information systems testing technicians
  • 7201 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • 7202 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7203 – Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  • 7204 – Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7232 – Tool and die makers
  • 7233 – Sheet metal workers
  • 7236 – Ironworkers
  • 7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7242 – Industrial electricians
  • 7251 – Plumbers
  • 7271 – Carpenters
  • 7281 – Bricklayers
  • 7282 – Concrete finishers
  • 7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • 7291 – Roofers and shinglers
  • 7293 – Insulators
  • 7294 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • 7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 7303 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations
  • 7305 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
  • 7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 7314 – Railway carmen/women
  • 7315 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • 7318 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 7321 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • 7333 – Electrical mechanics
  • 7334 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • 7371 – Crane operators
  • 8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
  • 9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators

For the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream, candidates need to have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer. As long as the candidate meets the eligibility requirements, they don’t need to be in Canada in order to apply. 

However, they will need to have completed an educational program at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution. 

B.C. holds new PNP draw and issues 136 invitations to tech workers 

Nearly 1,500 invitations have been issued by the province to date 

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw for tech workers on March 1, 2022. 

In total 136 eligible candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination. 

British Columbia uses the PNP draws as a way of attracting foreign workers with experience in high-demand occupations. They help fill labor shortages and contribute to the province’s economic growth. In exchange they are provided a pathway to becoming a permanent resident of Canada. 

The BC PNP Tech program is specifically designed to find talent for B.C.’s booming technology sector. Launched in 2017 as a pilot project, the program continued to be renewed until it was made into a permanent one in June 2021. It’s a fast-track pathway for tech workers as well as international students. 

To qualify for the Tech Draw, candidates had to meet the requirements of the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories and have a minimum provincial score of 85. 

Candidates were selected specifically from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. 

Applications for a provincial nomination need to be submitted within 30 calendar days. 

Quebec holds new Arrima draw: 306 candidates invited 

Details from the February 24 immigration draw in Quebec released this week 

Quebec held a draw for skilled workers on February 24, 2022 and issued invitations to 306 eligible candidates. 

Candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) were invited by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). 

In order to qualify for the draw, candidates were required to have a profile in the Arrima Expression of Interest system, have a minimum score of 630 points, and be in possession of a valid job offer from a city or community outside of the greater Montreal Metropolitan area. 

This draw is the fourth one to be held by the province since the beginning of the new year. To date, 1,663 candidates have received an invitation to apply for permanent selection. Given that last year, the total number of invitations issued was 3,564 for the entire year, 2022 is off to a promising start. 

Quebec has certain admission targets they need to meet for 2022. The goal is to admit between 49,500 to 52,000 newcomers across all immigration categories. This is in addition to another 18,000 candidates who need to be admitted in order to make up for the goals not met in 2020. 

What does this mean? In short, this means Quebec will likely be holding numerous draws in the coming months as over 70,000 newcomers need to be admitted into the province this year. 

If you’ve considered settling in Quebec, this is an excellent time to apply.  

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