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Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia Release ITAs under Provincial Nominee Programs

Over 100 Express Entry candidates receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs) from all provinces.

Manitoba, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan published draw results for respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in the past week. 

Except for Quebec and Nunavut, all provinces and territories in Canada run exclusive Provincial Nominee Programs and invite eligible candidates to apply for the provincial nomination. Provincial Nomination is not a substitute for Permanent Residency, but it boosts the PR applicant’s chances of getting a Permanent Residency status. 

Candidates with the Express Entry profile get a boost of 600 points to their CRS scores after receiving a provincial nomination besides qualifying for PNP-specific invitation rounds. 

The huge success of Provincial Nominee Programs is evident from the fact that the number of foreign nationals immigrating through PNPs stands at over 80, 000 per year as against a mere 400 initially during the launch in 1998. Provincial Nominee Programs are successful in driving Canada’s economic growth. 

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) resumed holding all-program Express Entry draws after a long hiatus since 2020. The first Express Entry draw on July 6 selected 1500 candidates for Invitation to Apply with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 557 and above. The latest draw on 3rd August 2022 released 2000 Invitations to Apply for PR status to candidates with a minimum CRS score of 533. 

Results of 5th to 11th August PNP Draws

Manitoba

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program by the Manitoba province released 345 invitations following the PNP draw on 11th August 2022.

The following is the distribution of PNP Invitations:

  • Manitoba Skilled Workers- Issued 357 invitations (minimum score- 623)
  • International Education Class – Released 55 invitations (minimum score- not applicable)
  • Skilled Workers Overseas – Issued 33 invitations (minimum score- 718)

86 applicants from these invitations had profiles in the Express Entry system.

Saskatchewan 

The Express Entry and Occupations-in-Demand categories helped Saskatchewan invite 745 candidates through its immigrant nominee program, SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program). The draw took place on 11th August 2022, maintaining the trend of weekly draws since July 2022. 

The frequency of Saskatchewan PNP draws was only two draws a week before July 2022. Saskatchewan held four draws in July to invite 200 candidates through each draw. 

The breakup of total candidates is 433 from Express Entry and 312 from Occupations-in-Demand. In both categories, the minimum score for the invitation to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program was 68.  

British Columbia 

The Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia invited over 155 candidates to apply through its August 10 draw. The draws for provincial nomination take place on Wednesdays and aim to fill the gaps in the labor force of British Columbia. The maximum number of invitees are from targeted categories having skilled worker shortages in the province’s specific areas. 

The following is the distribution of minimum scores for the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a unique ranking system in the British Columbia province. 

  • Entry-level workers- 76
  • Semi-skilled workers- 76
  • Skilled workers (EEBC)- 114

British Columbia conducted invitation rounds for various occupations with a minimum of 60 points in categories:

  • Healthcare workers
  • International graduates for targeted occupations and skilled workers
  • NOC 4214 (childhood assistants and educators
  • NOC 3413 (Entry level and semi-skilled workers) 

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