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Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, and New Brunswick all invite candidates to PNP

In the most recent provincial immigration results, six of Canada's provinces have welcomed candidates.

Provincial Nominee Program 2023

Except for Quebec and Nunavut, all Canadian provinces and territories have Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to choose economic immigration applicants. Because immigration is a shared duty of the provincial and federal governments, provinces can submit candidates based on provincial economic interests.

The arrangement between Quebec and the federal government is exceptional in that the province has complete control over the selection and number of economic immigrants accepted for permanent residence. This is due in part to the fact that Quebec is regarded as a separate society in Canada due to its status as the only province with French as the first official language.


On September 26, Alberta held a draw and invited 18 Express Entry candidates through the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with an Alberta job offer.

Candidates in this draw were also candidates in the federal Express Entry system, with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 311.

The most recent draw for dedicated healthcare candidates included 16 applicants. Alberta has said that 1,462 invitations would be issued in 2023 to candidates in this stream.

New Brunswick:

The results of New Brunswick's provincial Express Entry program for August have been revealed. Typically, the province discloses all draw results for the month at the same time.

The province invited 175 Express Entry candidates in August using three unique PNP programs. This draw granted roughly 90 fewer invites than the July results. The following are the August results:

  • 58 via New Brunswick Employment Connection

  • 130 via New Brunswick Student Connection

  • 71 via the Occupation-In-Demand Connection in New Brunswick


On September 28, Manitoba staged a one-of-a-kind lottery. In a strategic recruitment draw, the province welcomed 1,072 candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas category.

According to the province, candidates who said they operate in a regulated occupation and are fully licensed to work in Manitoba were considered. It further states that individuals who received an Invitation to Apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative were not considered in this draw.


In the most recent Arrima draw results, Quebec invited 1,018 Regular Skilled Worker candidates to apply for permanent selection.

The draw was not open to the public and targeted individuals in a variety of occupations such as technology, healthcare, and education, among others.

Candidates with a score of 579 points and a level 7 oral proficiency (or better) in French according to the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des adultes or its equivalent were eligible.

British Columbia:

In its weekly draw, British Columbia invited more than 204 PNP candidates.

On September 26, the province hosted four targeted lotteries for Skilled Workers and International Graduate candidates (including Express Entry candidates).

Candidates with a technical background were the most appealing. A minimum Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score of 90 was necessary.

The subsequent three draws followed the established pattern of asking early childhood educators and assistants (49), as well as healthcare professionals (28) to participate. In addition, the provincial invited fewer than five candidates for additional key jobs. Candidates in all three draws have to have a SIRS score of at least 60.


This week, Ontario solicited candidates for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

On September 26, Ontario issued 1,696 notices of interest (NOIs) to Express Entry Human Capital Priorities PNP candidates. It was a specific draw for healthcare professionals with a minimum score of 350-462.

Candidates in the following professions received NOIs:

General practitioners and family physicians (NOC 31102)

Nursing coordinators and supervisors (NOC 31300)

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 31301)

Licensed practical nurses (NOC 32101)

Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates (NOC 33102)

canada immigration news oct 2023


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