In the month of February 2022, Canada invited a total of 5000 immigration candidates through Provincial Nominee Programs. The Provincial Nominee Programs allow Canadian provinces and territories to select candidates who can meet their labour market and demographic needs. Canada launched PNP in the year 1998 with an aim to make the benefits of immigration evenly available all regions as well as to promote immigration to provinces and territories which are less populated. Many provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan depend on immigration for a healthy level of population growth and availability of skilled labour. By 2024, Canada will be welcoming more than 93000 immigrants per year through PNP.
Canada Express Entry immigration through PNP
Almost all provinces have at least one PNP category or stream or category aligned to the federal Express Entry stream. The candidates who have a provincial nomination will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points, which guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw. Since 2021, the Express Entry draws of Canada have exclusively been targeting PNP candidates. In February 2022, a total of 2145 provincial nominees received Express Entry invitations over two draws. The number is almost twice compared to the previous draw when 1428 PNP candidates were invited in two draws.
PNP draws held in February 2022
In February, Alberta Provincial Nominee Program changed its name to Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. Two new streams, called the Rural Renewal Stream and Rural Entrepreneur Stream, were also launched in the month that aim the promotion of immigration to the rural areas of the province. In the draw held on February 1, Alberta invited 400 Alberta Express Entry stream candidates.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited eligible candidates in the draw that were held every week as usual in February. The candidates were invited through Express Entry British Columbia, Skills Immigration as well as Tech streams. In February, a total of 624 candidates received invitations from British Columbia.
Manitoba regularly invites candidates through Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education Stream. In the two draws held on February 10 and February 26, a total of 551 and 134 candidates were invited respectively.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program draw held on February 8 invited 278 nurses who had submitted their profiles through Express Entry. The nurses were invited through the Labour Market Priorities Stream and draw specifically targeted those nurses whose occupation fell under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 3012.
On February 8, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program invited 828 candidates under French-speaking Skilled Worker and Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Streams. In the next draw held on February 9, the province invited 749 candidates from the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and In-Demand Skills streams. Yet another draw was held on February 22 that 773 invited candidates under the Express Entry HCP stream. Notably, Ontario did away with maximum CRS score range to select candidates in the draw. Earlier, candidates who had scores above maximum score range could not receive an invitation. Eight Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream candidates were also invited on the same day. On February 24, Ontario conducted yet another draw that invited 818 Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream candidates. This draw also did not have maximum CRS score range. In total, Ontario invited a total of 3176 candidates in February, which is the highest number compared to any other province.
Prince Edward Island
In the pre-scheduled monthly draw of Prince Edward Island held on February 17, a total of 117 candidates belonging to Labour Impact and Express Entry streams and 6 from the Business Impact stream candidates received invitations.
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