Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba issue invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Edana Robitaille
Published: January 14, 2023

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

The majority Canadian provinces and territories, except for Quebec and Nunavut, operate individual PNPs.  Being nominated by a province means that the provincial government is interested in having a candidate settle in the province based on their skills, language ability, education or work experience. Receiving a provincial nomination can be advantageous for gaining permanent residence.

There are 105,000 PR admissions per year under the PNP.  The federal and provincial governments worked together to establish the program in 1998 and  consider it a core part economic development outside of Canada's

urban centers.

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On January 10, Ontario issued 404 invitations to apply to candidates in the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Two of the invitations were issued as part of the Economic Mobility Pathways Project. The draw targeted candidates with skilled trades occupations who have full-time job offers in a skilled occupation at TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Eligible candidates required a score of 35 and above.

The province announced on December 22 that it had invited the maximum number of candidates allocated for the year. In total for 2022, Ontario issued invitations to 9,750 candidates.

The province says new applications, and applications already submitted to the OINP, will continue to be accepted and considered under the program’s 2023 nomination allocation.

British Columbia

British Columbia issued 123 invitations to apply to candidates in a targeted draw for tech occupations on January 10.

Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and including Express Entry candidates received invitations. All candidates required a minimum SIRS score of 90. Since the tech stream of the BC PNP was launched in 2017, more than 6,000 tech workers have been nominated for provincial nomination.

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

  • Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202) with scores of at least 60 points;
  • 17 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.


On January 12, Manitoba invited 322 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program. To receive an invitation, candidates needed to meet requirements for their chosen program. In total, the province invited:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba issued 260 invitations with a minimum score of 734.
  • Skilled Workers Overseas issued 20 invitations with a minimum score of 713.
  • International Education Stream issued 42 invitations with no score requirement.

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