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Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for Second Week of March

During the week of March 7, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia all held new PNP draws. A combined total of 409 invitations were issued through the draws. Selected candidates can now submit an application for a provincial nomination. Over 100 invitations were also issued to Ukrainians. 


Saskatchewan holds new PNP draw and issues 85 invitations 

Compared to 2021, the draw sizes in the province have been much smaller this year 

On March 8, 2022, the province of Saskatchewan held a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw. 

In total the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 85 immigration candidate to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Although the province has been holding regular draws this year, the draws have been considerably smaller in comparison to last year. To date in 2022, Saskatchewan issued a total of 225 invitations. At the same time last year, the number of invitations issued was nearly nine times higher at 1,975.  

During this draw, 39 invitations went to candidates from the Express Entry pool while the remaining 43 invitations went to candidates in the Occupations In Demand category. 

In order to qualify for the draw, candidates were required to meet a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 87 for both categories. They were also required to have relevant work experience in one of the province’s 31 eligible occupations.

Canada has been working hard to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and as part of that effort, Saskatchewan issued 36 invitations to Ukrainians during the March 4 PNP draw, and issued three invitations to Express Entry candidates currently living in Ukraine. 


120 immigration candidates receive invitations from Manitoba 

Province invites qualified candidates across three immigration streams 

A new PNP draw was held in Manitoba on March 10, 2022.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued invitations to 120 qualified candidates. 

Draw results at a glance: 

StreamsNumber of LAAs IssuedMin. Score Required
   
Skilled Workers in Manitoba50781
Skilled Workers Overseas 34718
International Education Stream36N/A
   
Total 120 

Of the 120 invitations, 33 went to candidates with a valid profile in the Express Entry system. 

Manitoba is also contributing to the Ukraine effort by holding a special draw on March 9 targeting Ukrainians. A total of 71 invitations were issued to citizens from Ukraine who have an EOI profile in Manitoba’s pool. 

In order to qualify, candidates had to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 and get at least 60 points on the MPNP’s assessment criteria. Candidates also needed to show they have a close connection to the province via a relative, community ties, previous employment or studies. 

Selected candidates who successfully receive the provincial nomination will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This boost in points will bring hopeful applicants one step closer to becoming permanent residents in Canada


British Columbia holds two new PNP draws: 204 invitations issued  

Over a year later, province continues to hold two separate draws every two weeks 

The weekly round of invitations by British Columbia was held on March 8, 2022. As has become the norm, the province held two draws and invited 204 immigration candidates to apply for a nomination. 

Candidates were selected by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, specifically from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories. 

The bulk of the invitations (191) went to candidates who met a minimum score requirement between 77 and 128, under the general draw.

Under the second, targeted draw, 13 candidates with occupations under NOC 0621 and NOC 0631 were issued invitations. In order to qualify for the draw, applicants had to meet a minimum provincial score of 128.

A year into the pandemic, British Columbia started holding two separate rounds of invitations every two weeks. 

The second draw always targets retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food service managers. This is due to the high number of applicants registered in the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) from specific labor market sectors. 

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