Last week of April sees two provinces holding a total of six PNP draws. Ontario held two while B.C. held four, including the bi-weekly tech draw. A combined total of 1,483 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination while the month of April saw almost 3,000 invitations sent out.
Ontario holds two PNP draws in same week
Province issues over 1,000 invitations in the span of a few days and announces new pilot program
Only two PNP draws were held by Ontario during the month of April, however they resulted in a solid number of invitations.
Both draws were held during the last week of the month and resulted in a total of 1,335 immigration candidates receiving an invitation.
During the first draw, held on April 26, 2022, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to 1,034 candidates. Selected applicants were chosen from the Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.
For this stream, a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) between 300 and 461 had to be met by the candidates.
The second draw was held just two days later on April 28. This draw was for candidates who may be eligible under the Ontario Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream.
In order to qualify for the draw, candidates were required to have a CRS score between 460 and 467.
For the French-speaking stream, candidates have to get a minimum of 7 in French, and 6 in English on the Canadian Language Benchmark.
Candidates must also demonstrate they have sufficient funds to be able to settle in Ontario. A job offer is not required.
Once an invitation has been received, the candidate will need to submit their application and documents for a provincial nomination within 45 calendar days.
The week before the draws were held, the OINP announced its intention to work with the Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) and launch a new program. The two-year pilot program was announced as part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario.
It is designed to generate income outside of the Greater Toronto Area, and support those communities.
One hundred immigrant entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to establish and grow their businesses in select areas and help them recover from the effects of the pandemic.
More information on the program can be found on the ONIP’s website.
New draws held by British Columbia: 148 invitations issued
Three other draws held by the province in addition to tech draw
British Columbia’s bi-weekly tech draw was held on April 26, 2022 and resulted in 112 tech workers receiving an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.
Candidates who met the minimum score of 85, were selected from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate sub-categories.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) also held three other draws targeting specific occupations.
For these draws, candidates were chosen from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories.
The three targeted occupations required a minimum provincial score of 65 and are as follows:
- Eight invitations (8) issued under Healthcare
- Twenty-three (23) invitations issued under Childcare to early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)
- Five (5) invitations issued under Other priority occupations (NOC 3114, 3213)
Through the province’s weekly draws, B.C. has issued over 665 invitations to eligible immigration candidates.
Candidates who successfully receive a provincial nomination will receive 600 extra points on their base CRS score. This is a huge boost and will be useful when IRCC holds rounds of invitations.