Recently, British Columbia and Manitoba invited a number of interested applicants to apply for provincial nomination through its provincial nominee program draw.

Except for Quebec and Nunavut, the majority of Canadian provinces and territories have their own PNPs. Interested applicants may be asked to apply for provincial nomination through these initiatives. Receiving a provincial nomination might help you secure permanent residency.

Quebec’s immigration policies are controlled by the province and differ from those of Canada’s federal immigration policies. Quebec is the only province where all economic-class immigrants are subject to control.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) each year accounts for 105,000 PR admissions. It started in 1998, and since then, the annual number of PNP admissions has continuously climbed. Both the federal and provincial governments see it as a helpful instrument for promoting economic growth outside of metropolitan areas.

British Columbia

On January 4th, British Columbia issued 163 invitations to apply to individuals in a general draw that included tech vocations.

Applicants in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and Express Entry and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates received invites.

Candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams needed a SIRS score of at least 105. A score of 82 was necessary for entry-level and semi-skilled applicants. SIRS functions similarly to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but only applies to British Columbia’s PNP.

The province also offered rounds of invites for applicants working in the vocations listed below:

28 early childhood educators and aides (NOC 4214) with at least 60 points; 

20 healthcare workers (from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category) with at least 60 points.


On December 29th, Manitoba welcomed 280 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program. Candidates must fulfill a set of requirements particular to their program to be invited. The province invited the following individuals:

  • Manitoba Skilled Workers granted 202 invites with a minimum score of 750.
  • Skilled Workers Overseas sent out 40 invites to applicants with a minimum score of 711.
  • The International Education Stream sent out 38 invitations with no minimum score required.
  • There were 21 Express Entry profiles among those that were invited to apply.

Under the NOC 2016, the province will continue to process all Expressions of Interest (EOI) submitted before November 16th. Any EOIs submitted on or after November 16th will be considered under NOC 2021.

With the start of the new year, Canadian provinces are likely to speed up the pace, resulting in an average number of provincial nominee program draw.