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Canada Sends Out 17,145 PR Invitations in PNP & Express Entry Draws in September 2023

Canada issued a total of 17,145 new permanent residency (PR) invitations in September 2023 through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry draws. This figure marks a decrease of 7,575 PR invitations from August 2023, with Ontario’s PNP sending only 2,677 invitations during the month.

A summary of the various Canadian PNPs and Express Entry draws for September 2023 is provided below.

Express Entry Draws

In September, five Express Entry draws were held by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), inviting 8,300 people to apply for permanent residency.

For the first time, category-based Express Entry draws were introduced for transport and agriculture/food occupations. Furthermore, IRCC announced back-to-back ‘no program specified’ rounds of invitations for two consecutive weeks which issued 6,200 ITAs.

The table below shows a summary of the Express Entry draws for September:

Date     Round type                       Invitations issued  CRS score cutoff
September 28th, 2023 Agriculture and agri-food occupations 600 354
September 27th, 2023 French language proficiency 500 472
September 26th, 2023 No Program Specified 3,000 504
September 20th, 2023 Transport occupations 1,000 435
September 19th, 2023 No Program Specified 3,200 531

As of now in the year of 2023, 86,048 invitations to apply for permanent residency have been issued by Express Entry.

Ontario PNP Draws

The OINP announced six new rounds of invitations in September. The majority of these invites were for the Human Capital Priorities stream. In total, OINP issued 2,677 PR invitations. A detailed breakdown of these invitations is provided in the table below:

OINP Express Entry streams         Date         Invitations CRS score range Notes                                                 
French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream Sep 07, 2023 300 308-434 General draw
French-Speaking Skilled Worker     Sep 21, 2023 63 348-434 General draw
Human Capital Priorities stream    Sep 26, 2023 1,696 350-462 Targeted draw for healthcare-related occupations

Additionally, there were three Expression of Interest (EOI) invitation rounds:

OINP Stream          Date Issued       Invitations   Score Range         
Masters Graduate      September19,2023 537 41 and above
PhD Graduate          September19,2023 71 40 and above
Entrepreneurship September25,2023 10 136 to 163

Quebec Arrima Draws:

The Quebec Arrima draws took place in September, sending out a total of 2,451 invitations to apply for permanent residency in two rounds. Candidates with a CLB level 7 in French and meeting certain criteria were considered in these draws.

date invitations cutoff score description
September 21, 2023 1,018 579 Targeted for 27 occupations
September 7, 2023 1,433 586 General

Manitoba PNP Draws:

A total of four Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) draws happened in September, sending out 2,292 permanent residency invitations.

date invitations description
September 29, 2023 42 A special immigration measure for Ukrainians
September 28, 2023 1,072 Only for Skilled Workers Overseas category
September 21, 2023 620 All the categories
September 7, 2023 558 All the categories

British Columbia PNP Draws:

During September 2023, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out over more than834 permanent residency invitations across three invitation rounds.

Date Invitations Draw Type
September 26, 2023 204 Targeted draws for Tech, ECE, Healthcare occupations
September 19, 2023 225 General and targeted draws
September 12, 2023       183 Targeted draws for Tech, ECE, Healthcare occupations
September 6, 2023 222 General and targeted draws

Alberta Express Entry Draws:

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) sent out only a total of476 invitations across four Express Entry draws throughout September.

date invitations Draw selection criteria CRS Cutoff
September 26, 2023 18 Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above 311


September 14, 2023 142 Family connection and primary occupation in demand 301
September 12, 2023 16 Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above 327
September 12, 2023 300 Priority sector – Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500 383

Prince Edward Island PNP Draws:

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) sent out a total of 153 permanent residency invitations to individuals working for a PEI employer as part of the Critical Worker stream. The minimum required Expression of Interest (EOI) score for these invitations was 55. Additionally, four Business Work Permit Entrepreneur invitations were issued to profiles with a score of 80 or above. In 2023, the PEI PNP has so far issued 2,018 permanent residency invitations.

IRCC Express Entry Draws:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held a total of 31 Express Entry draws in 2023, issuing an impressive 86,048 invitations to apply (ITAs).

Summary Table for September 2023

Program                               Number of Invitations Issued
Total Invitations                    17,145
Prince Edward Island PNP              153
Business Work Permit Entrepreneur   4
IRCC Express Entry                     TBD


While September saw fewer PR invitations compared to August (7,575 less), the Canadian immigration landscape still offers numerous opportunities for those seeking permanent residency through PNP and Express Entry draws.

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, exclusively written and published by IntraSource. The published information is sourced from various trusted platforms, such as news agencies and online media, mainly the Government of Canada and Canadian online media/websites, and should not be considered as legal or professional advice. IRCC’s requirements may change, so consult a lawyer/s and receive professional advice before making decisions or applications.

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