Three Canadian provinces namely British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan announced their Provincial immigration draws in the past week. 

From inviting only 400 immigrants after its launch in 1998, the PNP has become one of the most successful immigration pathways to Canada. It currently invites more than 80,000 immigrants every year. Its success is also attributed to the fact that it is viewed as a beneficial instrument for promoting the country’s economic development.

Provincial immigration draws can significantly boost one’s prospects of getting permanent residency. Candidates get an automatic addition of 600 points to their base score when they receive a provincial nomination. This consequently leads to a higher ranking in the pool, qualifying candidates for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. PNPs success is also due to the fact that it is considered an effective tool for economic development. With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, the majority of Canadian provinces and territories operate their own PNPs. Interested persons can seek for a provincial nomination through these initiatives.

PNPs have been the focus of Express Entry draws since September 2021. But from early July of this year, Express Entry draws will see the resumption of draws the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

PNP invitations and results issued between May 2nd and 6th

British Columbia

On May 3rd, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its weekly round of invites inviting more than 178 applicants to file for a provincial nomination.

A general draw invited 141 of these applicants. Candidates who earned invites in this draw came from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories and had to have a provincial score between 77 and 123.

In addition, the province sponsored three draws for applicants in certain vocations. 28 early childhood educators were invited along with 9 healthcare workers. Candidates needed at least a score of 65 in both of these categories. The last group consisted of less than 5 veterinarians, animal health technologists and veterinary technicians. They also needed a score of at least 65.

The BC government has announced the release of a revised Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base Program Guide. The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base category would reopen to new intake in July 2022. The program stopped in July 2021 as the government wanted to modify it as per present economic standards.

Anyone interested in investing and creating businesses in British Columbia can still apply through the Regional Pilot and Strategic Projects categories.

Manitoba

Manitoba’s most recent round of invites, issued on May 5th, asked a total of 315 skilled professionals and overseas students to apply for nomination. 

  • The Manitoba Skilled Workers stream issued 249 invitations with a minimum score of 651.
  • Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas stream issued 34 invitations with a minimum score of 691.
  • The Manitoba International Education stream issued 32 invitations with no applicable minimum score.

48 of the applicants had profiles in Express Entry.

MPNP requires a mandatory submission of an Expression of Interest from candidates who want nominations through the PNP hosted by Manitoba. The EOI qualifies the candidate for a LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas programs. Candidates are assigned a score out of 1,000 points. The score, based on different human capital elements and connections to the province. Qualified applicants go on to receive an ITA for a provincial nomination.

Saskatchewan

On May 5, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 198 persons to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates received 106 invites in the May 5 invitation round, while Occupations In-Demand candidates received 91 invitations. For all groups of candidates, the minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score was 85, and they had to have work experience in one of 40 vocations.

Finally, invitations sent in the Entrepreneur sub-category by Saskatchewan. The EOI pool yielded 54 individuals with scores ranging from 90 to 130 points.

To know more about Provincial immigration draws, contact us at contactus@wisaindia.com or call our Toll-Free number 1800 123 9212.