The Provincial Nominee Programs(PNPs) of Canada issued almost 6500 invitations in the month of September. The PNPs allow provincial government to select suitable candidates with the skills and experience to meet their labour market requirements. Each province has different criteria for selecting candidates.
The Canada PNP, launched in 1998, is now the second most important route to permanent residence in Canada. It is expected that during the period between 2021 and 2023, almost 80000 new immigrants will be admitted to Canada through PNPs.
Almost all provinces have at least one PNP stream aligned to the federal Express Entry. In September, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted three Express Entry draws that exclusively targeted PNP candidates. In the first Canada PNP draw held on September 1, a total of 635 Express Entry candidates received invitations. In the second draw held on September 15, 521 candidates were invited and in the third and last draw held on September 29, 761 candidates received invitations.
A total of five PNP draws were held by Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program(OINP) in September. In the draw held on September 14, Ontario invited Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate candidates. A total of 691 international student graduates received invitations in the draw. Among them, 627 were Masters Graduate candidates with a minimum Expression of Interest score of 35. The number of PhD Graduate candidates who received invitations was 64 and their minimum EOI score was 16. In the following week, candidates belonging to Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and Employer job offer: International Student streams received invitations from OINP. A total of 995 invitations were issued in September 21 draw. 66 among the invited candidates were registered under the Regional Immigration Pilot.
Another OINP In-demand Skills stream draw held on September 22, which invited 65 candidates. It was mandatory for the candidates to have job offers in the targeted sectors, to receive an invitation in the draw. In total, 1751 immigration candidates received invitation to apply for provincial nomination from Ontario in September.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program held three large draws in September that invited candidates of its Express Entry Stream. The largest ever draw of AINP was held on September 7, which invited 500 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 300. Two other draws were held on September 14 and 21 and a total of 835 candidates received invitations to apply for provincial nomination in these two draws. In total, Alberta invited 1335 candidates to apply for provincial nomination in September.
Manitoba held two draws in September under the following streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas. The draws, held on September 2 and 23 invited a total of 1252 candidates. Among them 236 were those who had an Express Entry profile.
British Columbia held six draws in September and invited 994 candidates to apply for provincial nomination through its Express Entry and Skills Immigration streams.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program held two invitation rounds on September 8 and 27 under the International Skilled Worker category. A total of 919 Express Entry and Occupations In Demad candidates received invitations in these two draws.
A pre-scheduled draw of Prince Edward Island PNP was held on September 16, which invited 143 immigration candidates. Among them, 129 were Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining invitations went to Business Impact candidates.
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