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PNPs issued more than 3400 invitations in August

Canada PNP Draw

Despite the hurdles caused by the pandemic, August 2021 was an active month for Canada Provincial Nominee Program. More than 3400 invitations were issued by various Provincial Nominee Programs in the month.

Provincial Nominee Programs allow the provinces of Canada to select immigration candidates who can fulfill their unique labour market requirements and nominate them for permanent residence in Canada. PNPs also allow provinces and territories to manage the regional settlement of immigrant population within their jurisdiction. The criteria for selecting the candidates vary for each PNP.

Provincial Nominee Programs are an important pathway for Canada immigration. Between the current year and 2023, Canada is planning to welcome more than 80000 new immigrants every year through Provincial Nominee Programs.

Provincial Nominee Programs and Express Entry

Most of the Provincial Nominee Programs have at least one stream or category aligned to the federal Express Entry. The Express Entry candidates who are nominated by the provinces receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points. This guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

In the month of August, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) held two Express Entry draws that exclusively targeted provincial nominees. In the first draw held on August 4, a total of 512 candidates received invitations. The second draw was held on August 18, which invited 463 provincial nominees.

PNP draws held on August


The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held its biggest draw ever on August 23 and a total of 450 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score required or the candidates was 300. Two other AINP draws were held on August 10 and August 30.

British Columbia

More than 900 candidates received invitations from British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program(BC PNP) draws held in the month of August. The invitations were issued through the Express Entry British Columbia and Skills Immigration streams.


Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program(MPNP) held a draw on August 12 that invited a total of 275 candidates. Among the invited, 36 were Express Entry candidates. The invitations were issued through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream and Skilled Workers Overseas streams of MPNP.


Ontario held a total of five draws in August. The first draw held on August 6 invited candidates through the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and Employer Job Offer: International Student streams. Ontario held its second In-Demand Skills stream draw on August 11 and invited 48 immigration candidates. The draw invited candidates who had job offers in targeted occupations.

Ontario held its first round of invitations for Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams on August 18, 2021. A total of 479 international students received invitations in the draws. Out of these, 402 invitations were issued to Masters Graduates. PhD Graduate stream candidates received 77 invitations and their minimum required EOI score was 17. Another Masters Graduate Stream draw was held on August 25 and invited 326 candidates with a minimum EoI score of 37 received invitations.

In yet another draw held on August 26, a total of 20 Entrepreneur Stream candidates with scores ranging between 142 and 200 received invitations. Ontario invited a total of 875 candidates in August.

Prince Edward Island

The pre-scheduled draw of Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program(PEI PNP) was held on August 19 and issued a total of 161 invitations. 152 invitations went to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining nine invitations went to Business Impact candidates with a minimum points threshold of 75.


The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP) held four draws in the month of August. A total of 948 candidates received invitations through the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories of International Skilled Worker category. More than 575 invitations were issued by the province in July.

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