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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
|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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