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October turns an active month for Canada PNPs

Canada PNP

October was yet another month filled with activity for the Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada. A high number of immigration candidates received invitations from provinces to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Canada. Thus it has been proved once again that the PNPs have taken up a central role in Canada’s immigration scenario.

The Provincial Nominee Programs allow Canadian provinces to select candidates who can meet their unique labour market and demographic requirements and nominate them for permanent residence in Canada. Over the years, PNP has emerged as the second most important pathway for Canada PR, after the Express Entry. As per the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2021-23, the country will be welcoming more than 80000 immigrants per year through PNPs.

PNP-specific Express Entry draws

In October, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) conducted two Express Entry draws that exclusively targeted PNP candidates. In the draw held on October 13, a total of 681 candidates received invitations to apply for permanent residence. The second draw held on October 27 invited another 888 PNP candidates. For the past two months, IRCC has been consecutively holding PNP-only draws. In total, IRCC has conducted 21 PNP-specific draws this year and invited a record high number of candidates to apply for permanent residence.


The Alberta Express Entry stream draw held on October 12 invited 293 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 300 to apply for provincial nomination.

British Columbia

British Columbia PNP held six draws in October and invited 960 candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The invited candidates belonged to Express Entry British Columbia and Skills Immigration streams of BC PNP.


Manitoba PNP held two draws in October and invited candidates of Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream and Skilled Workers Overseas stream to apply for provincial nomination. The draws were held on October 7 and October 21 and together, a total of 885 invitations were issued. Among the invited, 179 were Express Entry candidates.


Ontario held a total of seven draws in October. A total of 486 immigration candidates were invited in the Human Capital Priorities Stream draw held on October 6. Another OINP draw held on October 7 invited 162 Express Entry candidates from the French-speaking Skilled Worker stream. The CRS score of the invited candidates ranged between 461 and 467.

The draw held on October 21 invited 546 Masters Graduate, PhD Graduate and Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream candidates to apply. An Entrepreneur stream draw was also held on October 28 and issued 20 invitations with a minimum required score of 147.

The total number of invitations issued by Ontario in October is 2620.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island held a draw on October 21 that issued 204 invitations. Of the total number of invitations, 195 went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining nine invitations went to Business Impact candidates with a minimum point threshold of 72. So far this year, PEI has held 10 draws and issued a total of 1541.

Provincial Nominee Programs offer a range of options for aspiring immigrants to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Know more about PNPs and find your best option for moving to Canada permanently.

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