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Ontario and British Columbia Conduct PNP Draws Issuing 897 ITAs

CRS dropped in invitation rounds of Ontario and British Columbia on January 24, 2023

Most Canadian provinces hold weekly draws to invite eligible applicants for permanent residence under Provincial Nominee Programs. However, the number of applications in the backlog determines the dates for individual rounds of PNP draws. Here are a few highlights of two PNP draws on January 24, 2023.


Ontario held the draw for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to invite 620 candidates with a minimum CRS score requirement of 82. The OINP draw selected candidates under Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream. The draw also issued invitations to two applicants under the Foreign Worker Stream.

The British Columbia

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) processed Invitations to Apply under two skilled immigration categories.

General Draw of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued ITAs to 221 candidates. The CRS scores for these draws were:

  • Skilled Workers, including EEBC option – Minimum CRS score 102
  • International graduates, including EEBC option – Minimum CRS score 102
  • Entry level and Semi-skilled – Minimum CRS score 82

The Targeted Draw for Skilled Workers and International Graduates invited 54 candidates with a CRS threshold of 60. The numbers of candidates under various streams were:

  • Early Childhood Educators and Assistants – 31
  • Healthcare – 18
  • Other Priority Occupations – 5

Canada focuses on provincial immigration

There is a greater focus on provincial immigration as Canada conducts more frequent rounds of PNP draws, issuing more ITAs with lower CRS scores. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) enables provinces to target international students and skilled workers to invite candidates with the right skills for permanent residence. Provincial immigration provides a better scope to candidates aspiring to work and settle in Canada.

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