In the past two weeks, two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have invited candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
These draws coincided with the introduction of new selection categories for Express Entry candidates by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which could include those also in the PNP.
British Columbia’s PNP Draws
British Columbia held PNP draws on May 23 and 30. On May 23, the province invited over 140 candidates across four draws. The largest draw invited 103 candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduates streams (including Express Entry candidates) in a draw targeting tech occupations. These candidates required a minimum Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score of 90.
In addition, 20 candidates were invited in a targeted draw for early childhood educators and assistants, 17 were targeted in a draw for healthcare workers, and fewer than five others were invited in a draw for other priority occupations. Each of these three draws had a minimum SIRS score requirement of 60.
On May 30, the largest draw was a general draw that invited 151 candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Streams. The minimum SIRS score ranged from 85-107. The remaining three draw categories were identical to those from the previous week.
Manitoba’s PNP Draws
On June 1, Manitoba invited 589 candidates from three streams. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates from two separate categories.
The first category was for 262 candidates with work experience in specific NOC major groups. These candidates needed a minimum score of 607. The remaining 240 Skilled Workers who were invited did not require a specific occupation. These candidates had minimum scores of 669.
The province also invited 56 candidates under the International Graduate stream and 31 Skilled Workers Overseas with minimum scores of 801.
Additionally, Manitoba held a draw on May 25 inviting 29 candidates through the Special Measures for Ukraine Act. This category targets Ukrainian nationals who also meet the eligibility criteria for an MPNP immigration stream.
The PNP allows provincial governments to nominate economic immigration candidates for permanent residence who they feel will be able to easily economically establish within the nominating province.
It also allows provinces to efficiently target candidates who can help fill regional job vacancies. These recent draws in British Columbia and Manitoba are part of this ongoing effort to attract skilled workers to these provinces.