Three Canadian provinces, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, have recently extended invitations to candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The PNP allows provinces to nominate candidates who can contribute to their economic goals, such as easing labor shortages.
Many provinces also have targeted streams for French-speaking newcomers to promote the French language outside of Quebec.
British Columbia’s PNP Draws
On June 6, British Columbia invited over 157 candidates in four targeted draws. The largest draw invited 112 candidates with tech occupations, requiring a minimum Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score of 90.
The other three draws, which required minimum SIRS scores of 60, included 24 early childhood educators and assistants, 21 healthcare workers, and less than five other priority occupation candidates.
Ontario’s PNP Draws
Ontario issued 278 notifications of interest to candidates in the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on June 5. The province held two draws under this stream.
The first targeted candidates with occupations in Health, Education, and Finance, with CRS scores ranging between 312 and 487. The second draw invited another 139 candidates with Tech, Trades, and Other Priority occupations, with CRS scores between 348 and 487.
Saskatchewan’s PNP Draws
Saskatchewan held its first draw of the month on June 8, inviting 500 candidates under two programs of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). There were 268 Express Entry candidates invited and 232 candidates from the Occupations-in-Demand stream.
Candidates were nominated only if they had occupations that matched select National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes. All candidates required a minimum score of 69 and had Educational Credential Assessments.
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, Ontario, and Saskatchewan are part of this ongoing effort to attract skilled workers to these provinces.
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