British Columbia and Manitoba issue invitations to apply for provincial nominee programs

Edana Robitaille
Published: January 8, 2023

British Columbia and Manitoba have issued invitations to apply to candidates through their most recent rounds of provincial nominee program (PNP) draws.

Through Provincial Nominee Programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nomination, which is often advantageous for gaining permanent residence.

Quebec’s economic immigration programs are run solely by the province. Quebec is the only province that has control over all economic class immigrants.

Both federal and provincial governments consider the PNP a helpful tool to promote economic development outside of urban centers such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

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British Columbia

On January 4, British Columbia held a general draw that included tech occupations. The province issued 163 invitations to apply to candidates.

Candidates were invited from the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included Express Entry candidates. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates were also considered.

Invitees 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.

  • 28 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202) with scores of at least 60 points;
  • 20 healthcare workers from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category, with scores of at least 60 points.

Manitoba

On December 29, Manitoba invited 280 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program on December 29. Criteria varies depending on the program. In total, the province invited:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba issued 202 invitations with a minimum score of 750.
  • Skilled Workers Overseas issued 40 invitations with a minimum score of 711.
  • International Education Stream issued 38 invitations with no score requirement.

Out of all who were invited to apply, 21 had profiles in the Express Entry system.

While Canada has recently introduced NOC 2021, the province will continue to process all Expressions of Interest (EOI) received before November 16 under the NOC 2016.

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