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The Final Quarter of 2017 was busy for Provincial Programs in Canada

January 2018, 04
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The Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada go on to prove that they are growing to become a popular pathway to attain permanent residence.

The programs permit provinces/territories to nominate persons for Canadian permanent residence depending on the requirements of the labour market. They are perceived to be dynamic in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.


The Human Capital Priorities Stream, aligned with Express Entry, was opened again. New Notifications of Interest were issued in November. It allows the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to decide on candidates from the Express Entry pool who possess required professional skills and have the ability to integrate well into communities of the province.

The Candidates receive a Notification of Interest which invites them to submit an application seeking provincial nomination by Ontario. Candidates figuring in Express Entry with a provincial nomination get 600 more points in the CRS score.

On November 22nd it had reached its nomination allotment limit for the year, but an update of the OINP mentioned on December 18th announced regarding receiving an additional allocation from the authorities. It mentioned that it would process more applications and issue nominations to meet the additional quota.

The OINP also issued a report that provided data concerning the program. Majority of its 2017 nominees were employed in Information and Communications Technologies assignments.  They were followed by Software Engineers, Computer Programmers, and Interactive Media Developers.

The OINP confirmed that 1,835 nominees in 2017 were Indians and 1,608 nominees were Chinese.  

British Columbia

The Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia saw a busy final quarter during the year. It conducted five draws and issued 1,738 invitations to apply to candidates from many categories in the Skilled Immigration and Express Entry streams. The recipients of invitations to apply also belonged to the Tech Pilot, which supports attracting and retaining skilled talent in the technology sector of the province.

In the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream, the PNP issued 23 invitations.


Manitoba restructured its Provincial Nomination Program in November. An in-demand occupations list, as well as a new pathway which is aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system, were created. It restructured the Business Immigration Stream, Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Worker Overseas Stream and also introduced the International Education Stream. Three draws were held from October to December. These witnessed issuing of 943 Letters of Advice to Apply to candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream and 156 in the Skilled Workers Overseas category.


Saskatchewan conducted two draws in the final quarter of 2017 in the International Skilled Worker Express Entry sub-category which accepted 1,000 new applications for provincial nomination and in the Entrepreneur stream which held a large draw, on October 31. 285 global entrepreneurs were invited to apply for provincial nominations.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia opened the Category B of its Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry stream, in December, and invited 225 applications. This Category needs Paid Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation of one year of continuous full-time or 1,560 hours of part-time paid work experience during the past six years. The opportunity occupations are professions for which there are employment opportunities in the province.

The Category B operates on a firstly arriving basis, reached its intake capacity in quick time.

In Category A: Arranged Employment Applicants are required to have an arranged job offer which must be supported by a positive LMIA from an employer based in Nova Scotia in the NOC skill level O, A, or B occupation.


The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program in October, made an announcement, regarding launching two new provincial nomination streams in the New Year - the first being Alberta Opportunity Stream, combining the present Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream apart from 11 sub-categories consolidating them in a set of eligibility criteria, followed by Alberta Express Entry Stream which allow the AINP to nominate some candidates in the Federal Express Entry pool. This includes candidates figuring in the three economic immigration classes of the federal government. These are the FSWC, the FSTC, and the CEC.

2018 in a glance 

The New Year is estimated a very busy year for PNPs of Canada. The Multi-Year Immigration Plan, 2018 of the federal government will see an increase in the allocations of PNP. The allotment target is 55,000 for 2018 and it represents an increase of eight percent over the 2017 target. It will rise to 61,000 by 11% in 2019 and 67,800 by 11% in 2020.

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