Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) still inviting immigration candidates for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence


Amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has impacted immigration services around the globe; many Canadian provinces are still providing foreign workers pathways to Canadian PR.

Despite of travel restrictions imposed by the federal government, several of Canada’s provinces including Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and British Columbia are holding regular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws and inviting immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Details of PNP draws conducted by Canadian provinces so far:

  1. Ontario
  2. The PNP of Ontario province – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has held a number of draws so far this year.

    The OINP issued has issued invitations or Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 1,440 principal applicants through the Human Capital Priorities Stream, 549 through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream; and 190 through the Skilled Trades Stream.

  3. Alberta
  4. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has held eight draws so far this year, and three following special measures introduced by federal government to curb coronavirus outbreak.

    Under its Alberta Express Entry Stream, AINP has issued invites to federal Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 300 to apply for a provincial nomination.

  5. Saskatchewan
  6. The province of Saskatchewan has conducted five draws so far this year under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SNIP) inviting candidates from the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand streams.

    The SINP has also put in place some special coronavirus measures, which give nominees some more flexibility to request an extension of six months to apply for permanent residency with the federal government.

  7. British Columbia
  8. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continues to hold draws regularly, inviting candidates with job offers in the province and especially those working in the tech sector.

    In fact, the province holds a Tech Pilot draws weekly, inviting candidates with job offers in 29 eligible occupations to apply for a provincial nomination.

  9.  Manitoba
  10. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has held total nine draws so far this year. Three out of these nine draws are conducted after the travel restrictions went into place on March 18.

    The MPNP has issued 1,808 invites or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to immigration candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas, and International Education immigration categories so far this year.

  11. Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP) held its first draw of the year through its Labour Market Priorities Stream on April 27.  The draw targeted French-speaking Express Entry candidates for a provincial nomination.

However, the total number of candidates who were issued invites and minimum CRS score has not been confirmed by NSPNP.

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