Invitations for provincial immigration are issued by British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Manitoba
In recent provincial immigration drawings, four provinces invited candidates.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is where the majority of Canada's economic immigrant permanent residents come from. Over 117,500 new PNP permanent residents are expected to arrive in Canada each year by 2025, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025.
PNPs help spread the economic benefits of immigration around the country, rather than having the bulk of immigrants reside in a handful of Canada's big areas, as was the case before the program's inception in 1998.
Because immigration is a shared responsibility of the federal and provincial governments, provinces can invite candidates for provincial nomination. Quebec is unique in that it has complete control over the entry of economic and skilled immigrants.
Results of Provincial Immigration April 22-28
On April 25, British Columbia invited 168 candidates in three targeted drawings.
Candidates for the BC PNP must meet the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) minimum cut-off scores. This is similar to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), except it is only for individuals who want a provincial nomination from British Columbia.
All candidates in this week's draw, including Express Entry candidates, were in the Skilled Worker or International Graduate streams.
The largest draw sought 113 applicants with a technical occupation and SIRS scores of at least 90. The second draw included 28 individuals who worked in Childcare: Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (NOC 42202). A minimum score of 60 was necessary for candidates.
The third draw invited 27 candidates with minimum scores of 60 in healthcare jobs.
This week, Alberta released three separate draw results for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). All candidates were also eligible for Express Entry.
The first took place on April 20 and
targeted 152 candidates with an Alberta family connection and a major occupation in demand. All had a CRS score ranging from 300 to 500.
On April 24, 124 individuals were asked to participate in a draw targeting a priority sector - construction occupations with an Alberta employment offer. The minimum CRS score required to be invited was 301.
The final draw was held on April 25th, and eight candidates were chosen from the Designated Healthcare Pathway, Alberta job offer stream. The applicant with the lowest CRS score had a score of 316.
In 2023, Alberta is anticipated to invite up to 9,750 candidates through the AAIP. The Dedicated Healthcare Pathway is likely to attract the most Express Entry candidates in the province, with 1,462 expected to be invited.
On April 20, Quebec invited 1020 Quebec Skilled Worker Program candidates to apply for permanent selection. All candidates had a score of 598 or above and genuine job offers outside of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.
While Quebec has complete control over the selection of economic immigrants, candidates who obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate must still apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Manitoba invited 558 letters of recommendation for candidates in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Skilled Workers Overseas stream. To be qualified, candidates needed a minimum score of 616.
In this draw, only candidates who claimed they work in a regulated occupation and are fully licensed to work in Manitoba were chosen.