Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for First Week of May

The first week of May saw three provinces holding PNP draws for eligible candidates. British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan invited a combined total of 691 candidates under numerous streams and programs, to apply for a provincial nomination.

British Columbia 

Newest PNP draw in B.C. results in over 178 invitations 

British Columbia’s weekly Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw was held on May 3, 2022. 

As is quickly becoming the norm, the province held numerous draws. 

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued the bulk of the invitations (141) to immigration candidates under the general draw. In order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to meet a minimum provincial score between 77 and 123. They were selected from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories. 

Three additional draws were also held for candidates in specific occupations who met the provincial score of 65. 

The results are as follows: 

  • 28 invitations issued to childhood educators, selected from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate sub-categories; 
  • 9 invitations issued to healthcare professionals, selected from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, or Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories. 
  • Less than 5 invitations issued to animal health technologists and veterinarians, and veterinary technicians. 

In addition to holding the draws, the province also announced that the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base category will start accepting applications in July 2022. During this time, a new EI Base Program Guide with some updates will be released. 

The stream was paused in July of last year so that B.C. could review its economic needs and make changes as needed. 

Individuals who wish to invest in a business or open a new one in B.C. can continue to apply under the Regional Pilot and Strategic categories. They have stayed open and there are no changes anticipated anytime soon.  


Over 300 individuals are one step closer to getting a provincial nomination 

Manitoba’s PNP draw was held on May 5, 2022. In total the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued 315 invitations to qualified candidates who were selected across three different immigration streams. 

The draw results are as follows: 

StreamsNumber of LAAs IssuedMin. Score Required
Skilled Workers in Manitoba249651
Skilled Workers Overseas 34691
International Education Stream32N/A
Total 315 

Out of this number, 48 invitations went to immigration candidates with a valid Express Entry profile. 

Selected candidates can now submit their applications for a provincial nomination. If successful, each candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score will be boosted with an additional 600 points. 

Every two weeks, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) holds a round of invitations. For nearly a year, these draws have specifically targeted PNP candidates. A boost in points is a near guarantee the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. 

The last Express Entry draw was held on April 27. The next one will likely be held on May 11, 2022. 

Express Entry draws for other programs are slated to resume sometime in July. 


Province selects candidates from numerous streams and categories in newest PNP draw 

On May 5, 2022, Saskatchewan also held a PNP draw. 

A total of 198 immigration candidates received an invitation from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP) to apply for a provincial nomination. 

Out of these invitations, 106 candidates were Express Entry candidates. Another 91 candidates were selected from the Occupations In-Demand category. For both draws, eligible candidates had to meet a minimum EOI score of 85 and demonstrate relevant work experience in a specific occupation

Applicants also needed to prove that their foreign education is comparable to the Canadian standard by submitting an Educational Credential Assessment.  

One final invitation was issued to an individual from Ukraine. Helping Ukrainian nationals immigrate to Canada through PNP draws, is one of the many ways the government is using to provide humanitarian aid and relief to the war-torn country. 

Other measures include launching a new temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians, committing more than $890 million in multi-faceted support to the country as well as providing military assistance.  

And last but not least, 54 invitations were issued to candidates under the Entrepreneur sub-category. To qualify for the draw, candidates had to have a minimum EOI score between 90 and 130. 

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