Canada invited more than 7,000 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in July.
A total of 7,176 PNP candidates were invited to apply for a nomination from a Canadian province under the different PNPs in the past month.
Canadian provinces – apart from Nunavut and Quebec – manage their own PNPs, which are skilled migration pathways for foreign workers who are deemed to have the necessary skills to elevate that province’s workforce.
Moreover, the PNPs provide a pathway for permanent residency in Canada for skilled migrants who meet local labour market needs. Eligible candidates are issued invitations to apply (ITAs) for a provincial nomination from a Canadian province.
This has resulted in PNPs becoming an increasingly popular route to Canadian immigration among skilled migration candidates, and an invaluable source for foreign talent to Canada.
Canadian PNPs are also aligned with the federal Express Entry system, with over 80,000 new permanent residents to Canada expected to be admitted through various PNPs by 2023.
In July, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held two invitation draws targeting PNP candidates. 627 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination on July 7, and another 462 ITAs were issued on July 21.
In addition, Canadian provinces also held their own PNP invitation rounds, in which eligible candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
A more detailed overview of Canadian provincial nomination draws is given below:
Only one draw for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) was held in July, in which 181 candidates were invited to apply for a nomination from Alberta on July 14. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoff score for this draw was 301 points.
885 skilled migration candidates were issued ITAs for provincial nomination through the Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC), Skills Immigration stream, closely matching the number of ITAs issued in the previous months.
Manitoba had a busy July for immigration, as 1,417 ITAs were issued to candidates in two draws under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
A total of 1,188 candidates were then nominated for Canadian immigration under three streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education, and Skilled Workers Overseas.
Prince Edward Island
PEI held only one draw, on July 15, and issued a total of 127 invitations to immigration candidates under the Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact categories.
Ontario had several invitation rounds for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
The first draw, held on July 7, issued 21 ITAs to candidates under the Entrepreneur Stream.
The next draw was on July 13, in which 1,685 candidates were invited to apply through the Employer Job Offer, Foreign Worker, and Employer Job Offer: International Students streams.
Then on July 15, 55 candidates were invited to apply under the first-ever In-Demand Skills stream of the OINP.
Another draw was held on July 21, when 115 bilingual Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario.
Finally, on July 27, Ontario invited 1,031 applicants with work experience in 18 targeted occupations who were eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.
Saskatchewan invited a total of 570 Canadian immigration applicants to apply for provincial nomination through the International Skilled Worker Category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The number of ITAs issued by Saskatchewan in July was far greater than the 255 ITAs given out in June.