CIC News reports on the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs draws each week. Here’s a look at the PNP draws that took place between July 11 and July 15.
Last week, Ontario held a major Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, and BC conducted its weekly PNP invitation round.
With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, the majority of Canadian provinces and territories have independent PNP systems. A provincial nomination application may be requested under these schemes from interested candidates. Although a provincial nomination is not the same as permanent residency, it can significantly increase the chances of obtaining permanent residency.
For example, PNP candidates with Express Entry profiles who receive a nomination will have 600 points added to their score. They will be invited to apply for a round of invitations that is particular to the PNP. The first program-wide drawing since 2020 was held July 6, and a total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 557 received invitations to apply for permanent residency (ITA). The next Express Entry drawing is expected to be held next Wednesday, July 20.
Last week, two Canadian provinces sent out invitations to potential immigrants as part of their PNP. Below are the details of these new draws.
The province of British Columbia typically conducts a weekly round of invitations for its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
This week, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a round of invitations on July 12. In the process, more than 164 candidates received invitations to apply for the provincial nomination.
These applicants—132 in total—were chosen at random to receive invitations. For one of the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System, these applicants must be eligible (SIRS).
Applicants who received invitations in this draw were in the subcategories of professionals, international graduates, and entry-level and semi-skilled workers, and had to achieve a minimum score of between 78 and 130, depending on the field.
In recent weeks, the province has also held rounds of invitations for applicants in specific occupations to meet the increased demand for workers in certain sectors of the economy. The following candidates were invited by the province this week:
– 22 educators (NOC 4214) with a minimum score of 60;
– 10 health care assistants with a minimum score of 70;
– Fewer than five health care assistants (NOC 3413) with a minimum score of 60; and
– Fewer than five animal health technologists and veterinarians (NOC 3114 and NOC 3213) with a minimum score of 60.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 755 applicants who were eligible for the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. These applicants were required to have a profile in the Express Entry System with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 310. Ontario invited applicants who had completed an Express Entry profile between July 14, 2021 and July 14, 2022.
Ontario’s Express Entry-linked Skilled Trades Stream provides a pathway to permanent residency for applicants in the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class. The OINP invites eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination.
To be eligible, applicants must live in Ontario and hold a valid work permit. They must also have at least one year of full-time or equivalent part-time work experience. They must have acquired this work experience in the province in an occupation listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
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