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Canada: British Columbia & Manitoba’s PNP Draw Results

 Results from PNP draws for the week of March 7 to March 11, 2022.

Most Canadian provinces and territories (except for Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These programs invite interested candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. If the invited candidates receive the nomination, they are then able to use it to support their application for permanent residence.

This week, three Canadian provinces held draws inviting immigration candidates to take the next step on their pathway to permanent residence.


The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 120 candidates to apply on March 10. The invitations were divvied across three immigration streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 50 invitations with a minimum score of 781;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas — 34 invitations with a minimum score of 718; and
  • International Education Stream — 36 invitations with no score requirement.
  • Out of all who were invited to apply, 33 had profiles in the Express Entry system.

On March 9, Manitoba held a special draw for Ukrainians. Canada issued 71 invitations to Ukraine citizens who have an Expression of Interest profile in Manitoba’s pool of candidates. Invitations were issued to those who had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 4 in all skill sets according to a valid language test.

Candidates also need a connection to Manitoba such as a close relative, a family member, community, previous employment or studies in the province. They also need to score at least 60 points according to the MPNP’s assessment criteria.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its weekly round of invitations on March 8. A total of 204 BC immigration candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.

The province held two draws through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. Invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The majority of the invitations, 191, were sent through a general draw. These candidates received invitations if they met the minimum score requirements between 77 and 128 depending on the program for which they are eligible.

Another draw targeted candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or NOC 0631 (restaurant and foodservice managers). That draw resulted in 13 invitations with minimum scores of 128 across the board.

Throughout the pandemic, British Columbia has been conducting a separate round of invitations twice a month targeting these two occupations. These separate draws are being held due to the high number of candidates from particular labour market sectors who are registered in the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

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