Spring kicks of in Canada with multiple provinces holding PNP draws. During the week of March 21, Ontario, Manitoba and B.C. issued a combined total of 866 invitations to eligible candidates. This week, Quebec also released details of a draw held over two weeks ago.
New PNP draw held in Ontario
Express Entry candidates eligible under skilled trades received invitation in newest draw
On March 24, 2022 the province of Ontario held a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw for immigration candidates who may qualify for the province’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted notifications of interest to a total of 471 candidates.
In order to qualify for the draw, potential candidates were required to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 350, and had to have created and submitted their Express Entry profiles between March 24, 2021 and March 24, 2022.
Any profiles submitted before or after this period were ineligible for the draw. In addition to this requirement, candidates also need to be living in Ontario at the time of application and have a valid work permit in hand. At least one year of full-time work experience is also needed. Part-time work experience can be used as long as it is equivalent to the full-time hours.
The Skilled Trades stream is linked to the federal government’s Express Entry system and is a pathway for candidates applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class program.
191 immigration candidates invited by Manitoba
Province continues to hold regular PNP draws and issues invitations across numerous streams
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) also held a PNP draw on March 24, 2022 and issued invitations to 191 eligible candidates across three immigration streams.
Selected candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination.
Draw results at a glance:
|Streams||Number of LAAs Issued||Min. Score Required|
|Skilled Workers in Manitoba||102||769|
|Skilled Workers Overseas||64||712|
|International Education Stream||25||N/A|
From the total number of invitations – or Letters of Advice to Apply (as they are referred to in Manitoba) – 43 went to candidates who had a valid Express Entry ID and a job seeker validation code.
Candidates interested in settling in Manitoba or receiving a nomination from the province must first register an Expression of Interest (EOI).
The MPNP then evaluates the profiles and gives them a score out of 1,000 points based on the applicant’s connections to the province as well as other human capital factors. The highest ranked candidates are typically the first ones to be selected during a round of invitation.
Candidates under the Education stream do not need a minimum score.
British Columbia holds numerous draws: 204 invitations issued
Four draws were held by the province targeting candidates in specific occupations
B.C. is the only province in Canada to hold PNP draws on a weekly basis.
This week’s round of invitations was held on March 22, 2022 and resulted in the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issuing invitations to a total of 204 immigration candidates.
The bulk of the invitations were issued under the general draw with 132 invitations going to candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories. A minimum provincial score between 77 and 128 had to be met by the candidate to qualify for the draw.
Four additional draws were held by the province for candidates in targeted occupations. The draw results are as follows:
- Early childhood educators: 47 invitations issued to candidates with a score of 78
- Healthcare workers: 11 invitations issued to candidates with a score of 78
- Healthcare assistants: less than 5 invitations to candidates with a score of 63
- Animal health technologists and veterinarians: 9 invitations issued to candidates with a score of 78
Selected candidates will need to submit their applications for a provincial nomination within thirty calendar days.
British Columbia is expected to hold a tech draw next week.
Quebec releases details of Arimma draw
506 immigration candidates were invited to apply for permanent selection
More than two weeks after holding an Arrima draw, the province of Quebec finally released the results from the draw held on March 10, 2022.
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) issued invitations to 506 immigration candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP).
In order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to have a profile in the Arrima Expression of Interest. They had to have a minimum of 577 points from the province and be in possession of a valid job offer from a city or community outside of the Montreal Metropolitan area.
Because Quebec functions a little differently by playing a greater role in its own immigration system, they are not part of the PNP.
When candidates are selected and issued an invitation, they need to apply for a nomination. If successful, they receive a with a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ).
This is the equivalent of receiving a provincial nomination and indicates that the candidate has been approved to live in Quebec.
The next step is to apply permanent residency with Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC).