Highlights on Canada’s PNP immigration draws in October 2020

Canadian provinces hosted more than 10 rounds of invitations last month.

Together, all of the invitation rounds resulted in nearly 3,000 invitations to apply for Provincial Nomination for Permanent Residence across the country.

There are two types of provincial nomination streams:

  • Enhanced nomination streams, which are in-line with the federal government’s Express Entry
  • Basic nomination streams

All the nine provinces and two territories that have a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) have an “enhanced” stream linked to the federal government’s Express entry program.

These streams allow provinces to nominate candidates into the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic immigration categories – Skilled Worker Category, Skilled Trades Category, and the Canadian experience category.

The Provincial Nominee Program of Canada allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic nominees for permanent residence each year.

Candidates selected through the enhanced nomination process are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. If successful, they receive an additional 600 points for their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Last week, Canada released its 2021-2023 immigration levels plan which targets the highest level of immigration in history. Canada’s PNPs are also expected to continue the growth they have experienced in recent years.

The admission goal for Canada’s PNP has been set in the plan at 80,800 for 2021, and that number is expected to increase each year.

For 2022 and 2023, IRCC plans to increase the number of PNP admissions to 81,500 and 83,000, respectively.

Each year, more than 100 invitation rounds are held across the country, often resulting in more than 10 invitation rounds per month. October is no exception to the rule. Here’s a look at the most recent updates to the provincial program and invitation series:

Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta has announced it is launching a new expression of interest portal and a new immigration pathway for recent international students graduating from Alberta post-secondary.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

British Columbia issued more than 900 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in six different draws that took place October 6-27.

Two draws were held as part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot, which aims to support the province’s tech sector in its talent recruitment efforts.

Two other draws issued invitations to skilled, entry-level, and semi-skilled workers as well as international graduates under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

The province also held two rounds of invitations as part of its entrepreneur immigration streams, inviting a total of 20 applicants on October 20.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) held two draws in October. A total of 397 invitations were sent out to Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and International Education applicants on October 8 and 22.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia also hosted a PNP round of invitations on October 22 and invited applicants with profiles in the Express Entry pool and with a primary occupation as computer programmers or interactive media developers.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) was also active in October, sending out invitations to entrepreneurs and people with work experience in one of six tech professions.

The OINP Tech draw was held on October 15 and invited Express Entry applicants with CRS scores between 462 and 470, while 21 entrepreneur applicants were invited on October 21.

Ontario PNP opened its Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream and accepted a total of 1,250 applications on October 21.

Prince Edward Island PNP

On October 15, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) draw invited 211 Express Entry, Labor Impact, and Business candidates.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Saskatchewan held three invitation rounds under its Immigrant Nominee Program and sent out 1,073 invitations to potential immigrants on October 7 and 21.

Quebec Immigration

The province of Quebec does not have a Provincial Nominee Program; instead, it has its immigration routes for those who want to live and work in the province.

At the beginning of October, Quebec announced the results of a selection round that invited 365 applicants who submitted expressions of interest through the Arrima portal, which manages applications for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

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