In the last week of November 2023, several Canadian provinces held their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, contributing to the country’s targeted economic immigration numbers. The various PNPs across Canada are tailored towards each province’s unique needs and often target international graduates, entrepreneurs, and professionals with experience in various occupations. In 2022, around 83,500 spots out of a quarter of a million total targeted economic immigrants were dedicated towards applicants applying through the Provincial Nominee Programs.
Recent PNP Draws in British Columbia
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is designed to attract foreign nationals to become Canadian Permanent Residents in different fields that will benefit the province. The program focuses on skilled workers, workers in sectors with labor shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. Last week, BC saw several draws aimed at specific skills and streams.
On November 28th, British Columbia held three separate draws targeting childcare workers (early childhood educators and assistants under NOC 42202), construction workers, and healthcare professionals. The minimum scores required for these draws ranged from 60 to 75 points. The province issued invitations to 49 childcare specialists, 27 construction workers, and 29 healthcare professionals during these events. Earlier in the month on November 21st another draw was held for childcare workers issuing an additional 27 invitations.
Alongside these specialized draws for priority occupations, British Columbia also operates a Skills Immigration program consisting of five main streams targeting skilled workers aiming to secure permanent residence in B.C. Each stream features its own distinct set of criteria catering to specific occupations and requirements in line with the province’s labor market demands.
The PNP draws conducted across Canada contribute significantly to the overall economic immigration figures by enabling Canadian provinces to address their unique labor market needs and demographic gaps. Applicants who meet the necessary eligibility criteria have an opportunity to become Canadian Permanent Residents through these pathways, supporting the ongoing growth and development of Canada’s diverse provinces.
Skills Immigration invitations by Stream
The Skills Immigration program is a comprehensive initiative that offers five distinct streams for individuals looking to secure permanent residence in British Columbia. Each stream caters to a unique set of qualifications and experiences, in order to accommodate a wide range of skilled applicants.
The Skilled Worker stream targets experienced professionals across various occupations, such as management, technical, trade, and other fields. Recent invitations issued under this stream showcase minimum scores ranging from 111 to 114, with the total number of invitations for the five categories fluctuating between 80 and 133.
For individuals who have recently graduated from a qualifying Canadian post-secondary institution, the International Graduate stream offers an opportunity to gain permanent residence. This stream has seen minimum scores between 113 and 116 in recent draws, with invitation totals varying from 104 to 133 across all five categories.
Lastly, the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream focuses on applicants employed within the tourism/hospitality or food processing sectors. The minimum scores for this stream have been somewhat lower, ranging from 89 to 94. In recent draws, the total number of invitations issued across all five categories has varied between 80 and 147.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), presents various immigration pathways for foreign nationals seeking Canadian permanent residency. Designed to attract immigrants in areas such as skilled workers, workers experiencing labor shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors, the OINP enhances the province’s growth and development. It operates through nine immigration streams under three primary categories:
Ontario Masters Graduate, Ontario PhD Graduate, and Ontario Entrepreneur
In November 2023, Ontario conducted targeted draws specifically for its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. On November 30th, notifications of interest were issued to eligible candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging between 404 and 430 and possessing work experience in health occupations. For more information on applicable National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, refer to this page on the provincial website: “Ontario Provincial Nominee Program updates.” The total number of Notifications of Interest (NOIs) issued during this draw amounted to 1,052 with the mentioned CRS score range: 404-430.
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