Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for Third Week of April

The week of April 11 saw Manitoba and  holding a special draw for Ukrainians, while British Columbia held it’s regular weekly PNP draw. A combined total of 175 immigration candidates received invitations through the draws.  

Manitoba holds special PNP draw for Ukraine 

Province continues to provide help to Ukrainians in war torn country 

On April 11, 2022, the province of Manitoba held a draw targeting Ukrainians. It was part of Canada’s special immigration measure to help Ukraine. 

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued invitations, or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to 20 eligible candidates. The minimum score requirement for the draw was 60 points. 

Aside from meeting the score, candidates also had to have a minimum of 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in either English or French and provide a valid test result. 

Candidates with an established or close connection to the province via family, studies, or work experience were eligible for the draw. 

As part of Canada’s humanitarian aid to Ukraine, the government is holding these special draws in order to help Ukrainians leave the Russian invasion and move to Canada. 

Since mid-March, Manitoba has held three special rounds of draws for Ukraine. 

If the candidates successfully receive a provincial nomination, they will be awarded an additional 600 points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The boost in points is a near guarantee they will be selected for permanent residency by that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the coming months. 

Since September 2021, IRCC has been exclusively holding draws for PNP candidates. 

British Columbia holds several draws including tech draw 

Tech workers and candidates in other targeted occupations receive invitation from province 

The day after Manitoba held it’s draw, B.C. held its own weekly Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on April 2, 2022. 

A total of 155 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). 

The bulk of the invitations (a total of 124) went to tech candidates selected through Tech Draw. In order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to meet the requirements of either the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories. A minimum provincial score of 87 also had to be met.

The tech candidates also had to show they have valid job offers in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations. The job offer has to be for a full-time position, be valid for a period of at least one year and has to have at least 120 days remaining on it from the time of application. 

In addition to the tech draw, B.C. also held three other draws targeting specific occupations. They are as follows: 

  • 24 Early Childhood Educators 
  • 7 Healthcare Professionals 

These candidates needed to meet a minimum provincial score of 70 and were selected from the Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, and International Graduate subcategories. 

Less than five Veterinarians and Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians were also invited. They had to meet a score of 63. 

Candidates will need to submit their applications for the nomination within 30 calendar days. 

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