Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) issued more than 3,000 invitations to apply for provincial nomination during the month of December.
Almost every Canadian province and territory has its own PNP with the exception of Nunavut and Quebec which operates their own immigration programs. Having provincial’s own immigration programs allows provincial governments to select immigration candidates who meet their local labour market needs and to manage the regional settlement of the immigrant population within their jurisdiction.
Each province adopts its own criteria for selecting foreign workers eligible for Canadian permanent residence under its respective PNP. The PNP complements federal immigration programs and enables Canadian provinces to play a key role in the selection of immigrants.
On December 7, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to 1,186 immigration candidates who had profiles in its Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
The invited candidates may be eligible for one of three streams under Ontario’s Employer Job Offer Category: Foreign Worker, International Student and In-Demand Skills. Some of the invitations went to candidates registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot.
Over the past month, British Columbia held a total of five draws and invited 632 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through the Express Entry British Columbia and Skills Immigration streams.
The province of Manitoba held three draws through the following three streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas this past month. The draws were held on December 2, December 16, and December 30. The province issued total of 1,180 Letters of Advice to Apply, of which 208 went to Express Entry candidates.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island held a pre-scheduled draw on December 16 and issued a combined 125 invitations to immigration candidates. Most of the invitations, 114, were issued to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The remaining 11 invitations went to Business Impact candidates who had a minimum point threshold of 67. PEI invited a total of 1,854 PNP candidates in 2021.
Since its launch in 1998, the PNP has become the second main route to permanent residence in Canada. Between now and 2023, PNPs alone are expected to result in more than 80,000 immigrants per year being admitted as permanent residents.