The draw of 30th November 2016 is the first time in history of Express Entry that candidates with a provincial nomination certificate have be singled out in a program specific draw. This means that total of 559 candidates in the pool with a provincial nomination were issued an ITA in the November 30 draw. The minimum CRS score required to obtain this ITA was 786.
In 2015, around 13 percent of candidates issued an ITA had obtained a provincial nomination certificate through one of the many PNPs aligned with Express Entry. Over the first nine months of 2016, however, this increased to 23 percent, showing the increasing importance of these programs. With Express Entry PNP categories opening, changing, and filling quickly, sometimes within hours, it is arguably more important than ever before for candidates to stay up to date.
IRCC plans to welcome around 51,000 new immigrants through the PNPs next year, a seven percent increase on the target for 2016. This is in addition to the target of 71,700 to come to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Canada Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class in 2017. It is expected that many provinces will continue to launch or re-open dedicated PNP streams for candidates in the Express Entry pool throughout 2017.