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Canada Provincial Nominee Programs remain active despite COVID-19 crisis

Provincial Nominee Programs

Despite the travel restrictions imposed by Canada in the wake of COVID-19 crisis, the Provincial Nominee Programs continue to be active and invite immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The PNPs which remain the most active are:
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Alberta has conducted a total of eight PNP draws since the start of this year. Three among these were held after the travel restrictions were introduced in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. The Alberta Express Entry stream draws invited candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score as low as 300. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program has also made the application process more flexible for the candidates.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) goes ahead with regular draws that invite candidates with job offers. The Tech Pilot draws that target tech workers are held every week. The province is also conducting regular Skills Immigration and BC Express Entry invitation rounds.


Manitoba has so far conducted nine draws since the start of this year and three among these were held after the travel restrictions were imposed. So far this year, Manitoba has issued a total of 1808 Letters of Advice to Apply to immigration candidates belonging to Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas and International Education.


Ontario conducted three PNP draws in the last two weeks of April alone, which targeted Entrepreneurs, French-speakers and tradespeople. So far this year, Ontario has invited 1440 candidates under the Human Capital Priorities Stream, 549 under the French-speaking Skilled Worker Stream and 190 under the Skilled Trades Stream.


Saskatchewan has held a total of five PNP draws so far this year. The one held after the imposition of travel restrictions exclusively targeted Occupation In-demand candidates. A total of 205 candidates with work experience in any one of the 71 targeted occupations were invited in the draw.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia held its first PNP draw on April 27 that invited French-speaking Express Entry candidates for provincial nomination. The candidates required French language proficiency equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 8 and English language proficiency equal to CLB 6.
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