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Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba hold draws through provincial nominee programs

Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba hold draws through provincial nominee programs

This week's PNP draws will invite candidates from four provinces.  This week, candidates have received invitations to apply through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, the majority of Canadian provinces and territories run their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Interested candidates may receive invitations to apply for provincial nomination through these initiatives. Getting a provincial nomination may help you become a permanent resident.

The immigration policies of Quebec are different from those of Canada and are handled by the province. Only Quebec has authority over immigrants from every economic class. Each year, 105,000 PR admissions are made through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The annual number of PNP admissions started in 1998 and has been gradually rising ever since.

Both the federal government and the provincial government view it as a useful tool for fostering economic growth outside of urban areas. The draws took place the same week that 893 ITAs were given to Express Entry candidates who already obtained provincial nominations by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, most of Canada's provinces and territories have PNPs that are in line with Express Entry. Since June 2022, this was the first Express Entry draw that specifically targeted PNP applicants. All Express Entry draws have been all-program draws since July until the most recent draw.

January provincial immigration statistics 


On January 31, Ontario sent 611 invitations to apply to applicants in the stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) called Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker. The draw was intended for those in the medical and technological fields. To be invited, candidates needed a minimum score of 53. Candidates needed a full-time employment offer in Ontario that fit into one of the National Occupational Classification's TEER categories: 0, 1, 2, or 3. (NOC).

On February 2, Ontario also conducted two targeted drawings for applicants in the stream for Human Capital Priorities. The province welcomed 725 applicants for healthcare vocations with a minimum score of 476-489 and 1,175 applicants for tech occupations with a minimum score of 481-489.


Alberta sent 154 notifications of letters of interest to applicants in the Express Entry stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program in the second round of published draw results for 2023. The province has declared that when conducting draws from the federal Express Entry pool, Express Entry candidates in the AAIP will be invited based on a combination of high-demand occupations and close family links. The eligibility requirements for any AAIP stream have not changed.

British Columbia

On January 31, British Columbia issued an invitation for candidates to submit applications for provincial nomination. 243 applicants were encouraged to apply in the province's targeted draw for tech positions. Candidates from the categories of International Graduates and Skilled Workers, as well as Express Entry applicants, received invitations. A minimum SIRS score of 85 was required for candidates in the skilled worker and international graduate streams. Similar to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System in operation.

A total of 18 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points, 18 healthcare professionals from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category, and other in-demand occupations with scores of at least 60 points were invited to apply in rounds by the province.


On January 30, Manitoba issued 21 Letters of Advice to Apply. The letters were sent out as part of the province's unique immigration policy for people fleeing the Ukrainian crisis. Candidates for immigration through this pathway must meet the following requirements:

- a citizen of Ukraine; 

- possess a CLB 4 or higher in each language band; 

- have a demonstrated connection to Manitoba (close relatives, kinship relationships, community involvement, prior employment, or educational pursuits in Manitoba); 

- possess a valid language test; 

- and achieve a minimum score of 60 points in accordance with MPNP assessment criteria.

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