Nearly 3000 PNP immigration invitations were issued by Canada in the past month.

In 1998, the Canadian government launched the Provincial Nominee Program with the aim of equitable distribution of immigrants among the provinces of Canada. The federal, provincial and territorial governments jointly operate the program. Subsequently, it allows provincial governments to select eligible candidates who can satisfy the demands of the local labour market and achieve their economic development objectives. 

Currently, the PNP is responsible for the majority of economic immigration to Canada. The smaller provinces of Canada like Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, etc have benefitted immensely from the PNP. As the PNP aims for equitable distribution of the immigrant population, the smaller provinces and less populated areas get their fair share to satisfy the demographic and labour force needs. 

The PNP will probably help more than 93,000 immigrants to gain permanent residency by 2024. 

PNPs linked to Express Entry

Every Canadian province and territory barring Quebec and Nunavut operates individual Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). When a particular PNP is aligned to the Express Entry system, it is called an ‘enhanced’ PNP. Subsequently, provinces with such enhanced PNPs can select and invite candidates with profiles in the Express Entry pool.

1,554 people were asked to participate in two PNP-specific Express Entry drawings in April.

The Canadian government recently announced that Express Entry draws for all programs, particularly those for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) would restart in early July 2022. The current Express Entry processing durations which range from seven to more than twenty months are set to be reduced to within six months of their submission.

The monthly roundup of April 2022, PNP draw results in Canada are as follows –

Alberta

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) held one draw in April under the Alberta Express Entry stream. They subsequently invited 250 candidates to apply for provincial nomination. 

British Columbia

In April, BC PNP held weekly draws. They invited more than 665 candidates to apply for the provincial nomination via the Express Entry British Columbia, Skills Immigration and the Tech streams. 

Manitoba

The MPNP held two separate nominee draws in April. They were under the streams for Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education in March. The province asked a total of 526 candidates to apply for nomination. 76 of these candidates had valid Express Entry profiles. 

Ontario

In April, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held two draws. The province subsequently issued invitations to 1335 candidates. The first draw invited 1034 candidates who can qualify for the Express Entry Skilled Trades stream under Ontario. The second draw also invited 301 candidates who can qualify for the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream under Ontario.

To help regions recover from the adverse economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic – OINP and Toronto Business Development Centre are planning to help entrepreneurs establish and grow businesses outside the Greater Toronto Area. Subsequently, the province is aiming to develop and launch a two-year Entrepreneur Pilot and aims to help 100 immigrant entrepreneurs. 

Prince Edward Island

PEI held its pre-scheduled monthly draw on April 21. Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates received 141 invitations while Business Impact candidates received 11 invitations.

Quebec

As stated earlier, Quebec province does not operate any PNP. For immigrants to Quebec, the programs are distinct from the other immigration programs. 

The Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) invited 33 candidates for permanent residency in April. Subsequently, the eligibility requirements included proper profiles in the Arrima Expression of Interest system along with a valid job offer outside of the Montreal Metropolitan region.

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