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First Quarter 2018 Performance of Canada Provincial Nominee Programs

Posted On: 11-Apr-2018
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First Quarter 2018 Performance of Canada Provincial Nominee Programs

The First Quarter phase of 2018 experienced a significant activity and innovation in Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs. In 2017 year end, Canada announced it Multi-year immigration plants. The plan says that nearly 55,000 candidates will be admitted to Canada through Provincial nominations. Through various sources, the role and significance of PNP in 2018 was shown at a by far larger side. When you see the statistics and performance graph of PNP in 2018 first quarter, indeed there is no disappointment. As predicted, provinces have shown giving improved scope and faster nominations.  Here’s a look at few provinces and associated programs that were trending the first quarter of 2018.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

This program is one of the most demanded provincial programs. Of the 10 immigration stream of the OINP, the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream was the most active one. In a span of three mo the, the province held nearly 7 invitation rounds, issuing a total of 2,587 notifications of interest (NOIs) to candidates in the Express Entry pool. Generally candidates with 400 or more score are issued a notification under the OINP HCP stream. However, in the lasts draw of March 26, Ontario also picked up profiles which has CRS score as low as 351 (with either a job offer in Ontario or French language skills of CLB 7 or more).

This draw was unique in a kind because of its job offer requirement. Generally, the HCP stream does not require a job offer but this time, considering low CRS, job offer or exclusive French language skills were required to be picked up. Thus, this Targeted Notifications of Interest were an example of Ontario’s innovative us of the Human Capital Priorities Stream to select candidates with specific skill sets, regardless of their CRS score.

CIC news also brings another fact to limelight. It says that in all seven rounds conducted during the first quarter of 2018, no Express Entry candidate issued an NOI from Ontario submitted their Express Entry prior to January 1, 2018. Nearly 261 NOIs were issued to candidates with French speaking Skilled worker stream and another 333 were issued through the Skilled Trades Stream.

Also, in January, Ontario opened its popular Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams. Having opened for a limited time and working on a first come first serve structure, both these streams closed soon after their opening due to quick target reach.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

The Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Express Entry sub-category opened in January and reached its intake within 24 hrs. Nearly 400 applicants were taken by the province during this intake period.

To get picked up for nomination through this stream, a job offer or a connection in Canada is not mandatory. However, there is a list of 35 in demand occupations and the candidate must represent any one of them. 23 of these occupations require a licensure from Canada/and or Saskatchewan. Other factors that are equally considered along with occupation is skills, work experience, language ability etc.

In the initial months of 2018, the Saskatchewan province also invited 251 international entrepreneurs to apply for a provincial nomination. Candidates who were a part of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Expression of Interest pool with 80 or more points were invited to apply.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

In the first quarter of 2018, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) opened for 6 draws through the Tech Pilot initiative. This initiative aims at supporting the province’s technology sector in the efforts of recruitment. Also, invitations were issued to Express Entry, Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur streams. A total of 2,034 invitations were issued by British Columbia through its provincial nomination programs.

This province demands an eligible job offer from BC employer willing to support the application process. However, candidates of the Express Entry International Post Graduate category are exempted from this requirement.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has been an equal busy program during the first quarter of 2018. The program opened for three draws issuing 556 Letters of Advice to Apply to candidates through its new Express Entry sub-stream.

To qualify for this sub-stream, candidates need to have a valid profile in Manitoba Expression of Interest pool and Federal Express Entry pool. Also an experience of six months in recent days, in an occupation of the In-Demand occupation list is mandatory. Equally, human capital values and a confirmed support from a close friend or relative residing in Manitoba for one year or more is required.

Prince Edward Island PNP

Prince Edward Island introduced a significant number of changes to its PNP during the first quarter. Candidates willing to apply for PEI PNP have to follow a three-step process, beginning with a submission of Expression of Interest. These EOIs will be then raked in points, being calculated for factors like education, work experience, employment etc.-making up to max 100 points.

In first quarter of 2018, PEI conducted 2 draws and issued invitations to apply for provincial nomination to candidates of the Express Entry pool.

New Brunswick PNP

This province opened its Express Entry Labour Market Stream to invite IT experience related candidates. Their eligibility for this program is judged on parameters like:

  • Score
  • Evidence of experience or training in a high priority sector determined by the province
  • Ability to establish in the province, demonstrated
  • Positive contribution factors to the provincial labour market

Currently, the province is accepting Expression of Interest under its Express Entry Labour Market Stream of candidates who demonstrate French Language Skills as their first language (proven by Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) and experience in any of the below occupations:

  • 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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