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Provincial Nominee Programs were busy during the First quarter of 2018

April 2018, 10
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Canada has made several landmark innovations which have enhanced the performance of Provincial Programs. Consequently, there was much activity in the first quarter of 2018.

The aim of these programs is to permit provinces/territories to nominate eligible and capable persons for PR in Canada. They give a consideration to the needs of labor market. The two active provinces were Ontario and British Columbia.

Moreover, in the Multi-Year Immigration Level plan, the government has a plan to admit 55,000, during the present year, by using the PNPs.  In 2017 the PNP admissions target had covered 51,000.

There were many expectations in the first quarter of 2018 to fulfill.

The details are as under:


Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program was a busy PNP in the first quarter of 2018. It has ten immigration streams, but the Human Capital Priorities Stream has seen great activity. There were seven invitation rounds and 2,587 candidates in the federal pool got the Notifications of Interest  . In it, Ontario searches the Express Entry pool, and selects eligible candidates, who have a 400 CRS score. The selected professionals must meet other eligibility criteria also. Moreover, such candidates who receive the provincial nomination get 600 additional points in their CRS score. This helps them to apply for permanent residence in Canada easily.


In the March 26 draw, Express Entry candidates who had a CRS score of 351 got a NOI. This was possible because they had a job offer in Ontario or possessed French language skills of the level of 7 CLB.

A job offer is usually not a norm in the HCP Stream.  Candidates having a job offer in Ontario got 480 NOIs, and 299 candidates who were proficient in French language also were successful.

Furthermore, the Human Capital Priorities Stream selected exclusive Express Entry candidates having fine skill sets irrespective of the CRS score.

The OINP presently has a wide range of CRS scores in selected candidates and serves as a major improvement in the HCP Stream.

Ontario is providing the date of submission of Express Entry profiles of the successful candidates. During the seven invitation rounds in the first quarter, there was no candidate who had submitted the profile before January 1, 2018.

In the Skilled Worker Stream of French Speakers of Ontario got 261 NOIs . 333 NOIs were issued in the Skilled Trades Stream. Moreover, Ontario has also reopened its PhD Graduate and Masters Graduate streams.

Notably, these streams are popular and do not require a job offer to apply. Their aim is to retain global graduates who completed their studies in the province.

British Columbia

The Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia also had a busy schedule during the initial quarter of 2018. It issued invitations to seek provincial nomination in Express Entry, through the Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur streams.

Accordingly, there were six exclusive draws to reach the target of Tech Pilot. It is a huge support to the technology sector of the province in recruiting talent. There were six draws for candidates belonging to the Skilled Worker and International Graduates. 2,034 persons received an invitation  in the BC Program in the first quarter of 2018.


The province of Saskatchewan has started the International Skilled Worker Program in the EE sub-category. The opening was good and 400 new applications received an invitation.

This sub-category neither requires a job offer nor a connection to the province. Professionals are nominated from the Express Entry pool and candidates having the education, work experience, language proficiency, and other factors can settle successfully.

This stream is attractive to candidates and does not consider the CRS score of a candidate. Furthermore, it has a list of 35 eligible occupations having good demand. Among these 23 are regulated occupations and need a professional certification in Canada and Saskatchewan.

The province also invited skilled global entrepreneurs to seek provincial nomination in the draw of January 17, 2018. As a result, 251Candidates, who had 80 or beyond points were invited to apply.


The Provincial Nominee Program of Manitoba had a good first quarter. There were four draws from the Expression of Interest pool.

In these draws 556 Letters of Advice were issued to the EE candidates by using a fresh Express Entry sub-stream. This was a result of an overhauling of the MPNP in November 2017.

The norms were that candidates must have a valid profile in Manitoba EOI pool as well as the federal pool. It was necessary for the Candidates to have six months of recent work experience in a job figuring in the new Demand Occupation list. The other norms were having human capital values, and the support of a friend/relative who should be living in Manitoba for one year.

Additionally, Manitoba issued 777 LAAs to the aspiring candidates in its Skilled Workers category. 623 LAAs have been issued to candidates in the Overseas Skilled Workers Stream.

Prince Edward Island

The PNP of Prince Edward Island has made many changes in the program, during the quarter.

There was a three-step process for the Applicants in all the streams. Firstly they must submit an EOI to show an interest in the program.

EOIs in the Express Entry category are ranked as per the new point- grid. It gives points, out of 100, to the candidates depending on their age, proficiency in language, education as well as work experience. Moreover employment and adaptability also get a consideration.

The island has conducted two draws in the first quarter of 2018. ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates seeking provincial nomination.

There are two pathways in the PEI Express Entry Category. It depends on the possession of a job offer in PEI or otherwise. In this quarter 131 invitations were received by candidates who had a valid job offer. 16 candidates got the invitation in PEI Business Impact Category.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick opened the Express Entry Labour Market Stream to attract skilled workers who have work experience in IT and its related fields.

Candidates have been invited to attend international information sessions of the New Brunswick PNP. The opening has received a good response.

All Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest to the Program.  They get a score on the information which is assessed as per the criteria of:

Score; Training and experience in a top sector of the province; Showing an ability to establish economically in the province; and making a positive contribution to the labour market

Presently it is accepting EOIs for the Labour Market Stream from professionals, who already have an employment in New Brunswick,

They must also have French as their first language. This needs an attestation from a Test d’évaluation de français.  An experience in  the following jobs holds good for the candidates

Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)

Computer network technician (NOC 2281)

Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)

Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)

Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)

Cooks (NOC 6322)

Restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631)

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)

Managers in health care (NOC 0311)

Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211)

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