British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Prince Edward Island issue invitations to apply for provincial immigration

Edana Robitaille
Published: January 21, 2023

British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Prince Edward Island have issued invitations to apply to candidates through provincial immigration programs this week. Alberta and Quebec draws are recent publications of draws that occurred in December.

The federal and provincial governments share responsibility for immigration in Canada. Most Canadian provinces and territories (except for Quebec and Nunavut)  take advantage of this and operate their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The PNP allows provinces to target candidates they feel will best suit the local labour force and integrate easily.

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Provincial immigration results January 14-January 20

Alberta

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) issued 129 invitations to apply for provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry Stream on December 8 and has only published these results recently. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 305.

Additionally, the province announced this week that Express Entry candidates in the AAIP will be invited based on a combination of high-demand occupations and immediate family ties as selection factors when completing draws from the federal Express Entry pool.

There is no change to the eligibility criteria in any stream of the AAIP.

Quebec

Quebec invited 1047 skilled workers to apply for permanent selection on December 15. Results were only published this week.

The draw targeted candidates who had occupations with specific NOCs and candidates required job offers outside of the Montreal Metropolitan Community and a minimum Arrima Expression of Interest score of 571 points.

The invitations were issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) to immigration candidates applying under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Those invited to apply for permanent selection by Quebec have a maximum of 60 days to submit their  complete application and pay processing fees. Quebec has a processing service standard of six months that begins the date application has been recieved.

British Columbia

More than 187 candidates were invited to apply for provincial nomination in British Columbia on January 17.

The province invited 154 candidates in a general draw that included tech occupations. The invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included Express Entry candidates and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates.

Candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate stream needed a minimum SIRS score of 105. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates required a score of 82.

The province also held rounds of invitations for candidates working in the following occupations.

  • 18 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202) with scores of at least 60 points;
  • 15 healthcare workers from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category, with scores of at least 60 points and;
  • Other in-demand occupations with scores of at least 60 points.

Prince Edward Island

On January 19, Prince Edward Island invited 216 candidates through the Labour and Express Entry stream of the PEI PNP. There were also seven candidates invited through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur with minimum point thresholds of 62.

This was the first draw for the PEI PNP in 2023. The province typically holds draws on a monthly basis.

Express Entry candidates who wish to be nominated by PEI must submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP.

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