PNP immigration outcomes for January 2022 in Canada
A look back at the Provincial Nominee Program updates from across the country from the previous month
With more than 4,500 invitations to submit for provincial nomination issued this month, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are off to a good start in 2022.
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The PNP was established in 1998 to more equitably distribute the benefits of immigration among provinces and to promote immigration to smaller provinces and less densely inhabited areas of the country. The PNP now accounts for a large portion of economic immigration to most Canadian provinces and territories. In reality, many smaller Canadian provinces rely on this programme to meet their demographic and labour force demands, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Between now and 2023, PNPs are likely to result in the admission of more than 80,000 immigrants as permanent residents.
PNPs associated with Express Entry
Most PNP streams are integrated with the federal Express Entry system, which is Canada’s management system for three immigration programmes: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
PNP streams linked to Express Entry, often known as “enhanced” PNPs, allow provinces to choose individuals with Express Entry profiles and encourage them to seek a provincial nomination.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has temporarily halted issuing Express Entry invites to FSWP, CEC, and FSTP candidates in order to decrease the backlog and processing delays that are currently affecting permanent residence applications. Given the importance of the PNP to provinces and territories, IRCC has assured that Express Entry invites for PNP candidates are still provided every two weeks, as is customary. Sean Fraser, Canada’s Immigration Minister, stated last week that the government will continue to invite PNP candidates.
IRCC performed two Express Entry drawings in January, inviting a total of 1,428 PNP candidates. On January 19, a total of 1,032 Invitations to Apply were issued to provincial nominee applicants in the most recent draw.
Alberta announced the results of two drawings held under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program in January. On December 14, the province asked 150 people to apply for a provincial nomination, and another 250 people applied for the Alberta Express Entry stream on January 5.
On January 13, the Alberta government unveiled a new Accelerated Tech Pathway for Canadian and international tech workers. Candidates must have a job offer or be currently employed in a qualifying tech occupation for an Alberta-based company, as well as meet the requirements for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
British Columbia is a province in Canada
The province of British Columbia invites the highest provincial applicants on a weekly basis through the Provincial Nominee Program. Candidates who have been invited to apply may do so through Express Entry British Columbia, Skills Immigration, or the Tech stream. These are some of the most successful programmes in the country.
The province asked 714 applicants to register for a provincial nomination in January.
Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas, and International Education Stream are the three streams via which Manitoba sends out invites on a regular basis. On January 14 and 27, the province performed drawings, issuing a total of 758 Letters of Advice to Apply, 166 of which were sent to candidates who possessed a valid Express Entry profile.
Last month, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) staged three significant draws. On January 11, the province sent 1,084 invites to apply under the Employer Job Offer Category to candidates from the Foreign Worker, International Student, and In-Demand Skills streams. The province held another draw the next day, on January 12, seeking 502 individuals with work experience in 18 prioritised occupations who would be eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. Finally, through the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, Ontario invited 1,032 individuals on January 27.
Ontario, more than any other province, asked 2,618 candidates to file for a provincial nomination.
Prince Edward Island
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) draws are done once a month and are pre-scheduled. The province issued the timetable for this year on January 1. On January 20, the inaugural PEI PNP draw was placed, with 121 individuals selected from the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams, as well as 11 from the Business Impact stream.
Saskatchewan conducted a draw in the Entrepreneur category on January 6th, inviting 51 candidates. The following week, on January 13, the province held a draw for 104 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through two sub-categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP): Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand.