British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba issue ITAs in latest provincial immigration results

Edana Robitaille
Published: September 16, 2023

Three Canadian provinces have released provincial immigration draw results this week.

Most provinces and territories, except Quebec and Nunavut, have Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to select the economic class immigrants who are most likely to successfully integrate into the provincial economy.

Every year all provinces are allocated a specific number of nominations under their individual PNPs. The number of allocations a province receives varies depending on several factors such as the overall population and local labour force needs.

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Quebec has a separate agreement with the federal government that gives the province total autonomy over the selection, and number, of economic immigrants (skilled workers) who immigrate to the province. This agreement is possible because immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial governments.

Provincial immigration results September 9-15

Quebec

Quebec invited 1,433 candidates to apply for permanent selection on September 5. Candidates needed a minimum score of 586 to be considered. Quebec scores candidates using a system similar to the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Quebec is the only province in Canada that speaks French as the official language. To help promote French and protect its status in Quebec, eligible candidates required a level 7 oral proficiency (or higher) in French according to the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent.

Manitoba

Manitoba invited 558 candidates to apply under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) on September 7.

There were four draws held that considered candidates from three separate streams.

Two of the draws were for Skilled Workers in Manitoba. The first was occupation-specific and targeted 230 candidates that had occupations falling under 19 National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 major groups. Candidates required a minimum score of 595.

The second draw for skilled workers was general. The province invited 236 candidates with a minimum score of 640. No occupations or other attributes were targeted.

The remaining two draws invited 52 candidates from the International Education stream and 40 Skilled Workers Overseas with a minimum score of 724.

British Columbia

British Columbia held its weekly PNP draw on September 12.

The province invited 183 candidates from the Skilled Workers and International Graduate streams (including Express Entry candidates).

The invitations were distributed between three draws targeting specific occupations. The largest invited 133 candidates in tech occupations with a minimum score of 88.

The remaining two draws were for 36 early childcare educators and assistants and 14 healthcare professionals with a minimum score of 60.

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