Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Prince Edward Island invite candidates for provincial nomination in most recent draws

Edana Robitaille
Updated: Aug, 21, 2023
  • Published: March 18, 2023

Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Prince Edward Island have issued provincial nominations to candidates in the PNP this week.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) give provinces the opportunity to select economic immigration candidates who will integrate easily into the provincial economy and labour force. Receiving a provincial nomination strengthens a candidate’s application for permanent residence.

For example, if you are an Express Entry candidate, receiving a provincial nomination provides you with an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, which means you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Provinces endorse first multi-year levels plan

Immigration is a shared responsibility between the provincial and federal governments. The Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) met on March 10 to discuss shared priorities and move forward on objectives set in July 2022.

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One outcome of the recent meeting was the endorsement of a multi-year provincial nomination levels plan. Under this plan, IRCC will inform each province how many spaces they have been allocated under the PNP for up to three years in advance.

This will allow provincial governments to plan accordingly for future housing and infrastructure needs that will better support newcomers in the province. Having this support in place will also make it easier for the provinces to retain newcomers.

The number of allocations has also been increased in some provinces. For example, the number of PNP allocations for Manitoba in 2023 has increased by 3,175 spaces over 2022. Saskatchewan and Alberta have also reported significant increases in allocations over the next three years, with Saskatchewan's PNP going as high as 8,500 spaces by 2025 and Alberta going up to 10,849.

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On March 14 Ontario held two draws under the International Student stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The first invited 606 targeted candidates in healthcare and tech occupations with a minimum score range of 70 and above.

The second draw under this stream was for candidates in skilled trades occupations. The province invited 300 candidates with a score range of 74 and above.

There were also two targeted draws on March 16 for candidates in the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Workers stream. Ontario invited 271 candidates in finance, health, and education occupations and 344 in tech and skilled trades. The first draw for this stream had a CRS score range of 294-489 and the second had a CRS range of 400-489.

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and typically receives the largest number of allocations under the PNP. The province has not yet released the number of allocations it has received under the new multi-year plan.


Alberta held an Express Entry draw for candidates in the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) on March 9. Results were posted on March 14.

There were 134 candidates invited in the draw with minimum CRS scores of 301. The AAIP says, in addition to a meeting the minimum CRS cut off score as an Express Entry candidate, there are factors that can improve the likelihood of receiving a notification of interest such as:

  • An Alberta job offer
  • Being a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Having a parent, child, brother or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta
  • French is as a first language

British Columbia

British Columbia has invited more than 230 candidates in the weekly BC PNP draw on March 14.

The largest draw was a targeted tech draw that invited 197 candidates from the International Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams (including Express Entry candidates). They required a minimum SIRS score of 83.

The province also invited candidates working in the following occupations.

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

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island invited 144 candidates to apply for provincial nomination. Among them, 138 were candidates from the Labour and Express Entry stream.

There were also six invitations issued to candidates in the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur category, with a minimum point threshold of 52.

PEI typically holds draws for the PEI PNP once a month.

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