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Canada Provincial Nominee Program: 2018 in retrospect

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The year 2018 was an eventful one as far as Canada Provincial Nominee Program is concerned, with Canada PNP emerging as one of the most prominent pathways for Canada economic immigration. With more admission targets set for the current year, the importance of Canada Provincial Nominee Program is expected to increase further.
When the Canada Provincial Nominee Program was launched for the first time in 1996, the number of new immigrants admitted through the program was only 233. The program has grown exponentially over the years and the admission target for Canada Provincial Nominee Program in 2018 was 55,000. As per the Multi-year Immigration Levels Plan of Canada, 61,000 new permanent residents will be admitted through PNP in the current year and by 2021, the target will be 71,300.
Now let’s have a sneak peek into the major developments in Canada Provincial Nominee Program happened in 2018.


With an allocation of 6600 nominations, Ontario had the largest allocation of nominations among provinces and territories in 2018. By the end of the year, the number was further increased to 6850. For 2019, Ontario has requested an allocation of 7600 from IRCC.

In 2018, Ontario issued a total of 6,978 invitations to Express Entry candidates through the province’s three Express Entry-linked streams–the Human Capital Priorities Stream, French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream. Out of these, 3,719 invitations were issued through the Human Capital Priorities Stream and 1,633 were issued through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. The remaining 1,626 nominations were issued through Skilled Trades Stream.

Earlier, the Express Entry candidates who wanted to be considered under the Human Capital Priorities Stream of Ontario were required to score a minimum of 400 CRS points. Ontario revised this requirement in 2018 and currently, the minimum score is determined by the director of the program. In three of the HCP invitation rounds held in 2018, minimum CRS score requirement dropped to as low as 350.


Manitoba launched a new Express Entry-aligned immigration pathway called Manitoba Express Entry pathway in January 2018. The stream operates on the basis of an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. During the period between January 11 and July 9, 2018, Manitoba invited 1155 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination.


Alberta introduced its Express Entry-aligned stream in June 2018.In order to be considered under the stream, the candidates are required to have a minimum CRS score of 300. In 2018, Alberta issued a total of 596 invitations through its Express Entry Stream.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia launched its new Express Entry-aligned PNP stream named Labour Market Priorities Stream in 2018. In the first and only draw held under the stream, a total of 314 invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates.


Two of the most popular pathways,  the International Skilled Worker  Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), were shifted to Expression of Interest system in July 2018. Ever since, the province has been conducting draws at least once in a month.

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Prince Edward Island revamped its Expression of Interest system last year. Though Express Entry candidates need not have a job offer to be considered, priority will be given to those living and working in PEI.
In the context of rising prominence of Canada Provincial Nominee Program in immigration, it is ideal to explore your options for grabbing the vast opportunities in Canada. Contact us for a free eligibility assessment and further assistance.

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