British Columbia, Quebec, and Manitoba issue invitations to candidates through provincial immigration program

Edana Robitaille
Published: February 25, 2023

British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba have published the most recent number of invitations to apply issued to candidates through their provincial immigration programs.

All provinces and territories except Quebec and Nunavut operate their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These economic immigration programs allow provincial governments to select the candidates who are most likely to successfully integrate into the provincial economy while filling urgent gaps in the labour force.

Immigration is a shared responsibility between the provinces and the federal government. PNPs allow provinces to nominate the candidates they feel will easily integrate into the province and choose to settle long-term but Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has the final say on permanent resident status for all applicants.

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Quebec’s immigration programs are different in that they are administered by the province and are distinct from the rest of Canada’s immigration programs. Quebec is the only province that has control over all economic class immigrants.

Provincial immigration results February 18-24

British Columbia

British Columbia invited more than 241 candidates under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program on February 22.

The majority of candidates, 203, were invited in a general draw that included tech occupations. The draw included candidates from the skilled worker candidates with minimum SIRS scores of 101 and international graduate program with scores of 103. Both streams included Express Entry candidates.

The general draw also included candidates from the Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled stream with minimum scores of 85. The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) works much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System but is only used by British Columbia.

The province also held rounds of invitations for candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams (including Express Entry) working in the following occupations. All required a minimum SIRS score of 60.

  • 18 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202);
  • 20 healthcare workers and;
  • Less than five from other in-demand occupations.


The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) in Quebec issued 1,011 invitations on February 9. All candidates were in the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and required a minimum score of 619.

Invited candidates required a valid job offer outside of the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.


On February 23 Manitoba invited 583 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program.

The province invited 207 skilled worker candidates from specific occupations including:

  • Transport and transit drivers (7330)
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers (6002)
  • Nursing and allied health professionals (3130)
  • Assisting occupations in education (4310)
  • Secondary, elementary and kindergarten schoolteachers (4122)
  • Hairstylists and estheticians (6321)
  • Automotive service technicians (7241)
  • Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services (4220)
  • Retail salespersons and non-technical wholesale trade sales and account representatives (6410)
  • Office support and court services occupations (1410)

It also invited 298 candidates with non-specific occupations from the skilled worker program with a minimum score of 693 and 51 from the International Education Stream.

Finally, the province invited 27 candidates from the Skilled Worker Overseas stream with minimum scores of 721. Among the total number of invitations issued, 140 were Express Entry candidates.

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