Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, and New Brunswick invite candidates in latest provincial immigration results

Edana Robitaille
Published: September 30, 2023

Six of Canada’s provinces have invited candidates in the newest provincial immigration results.

All Canadian provinces and territories except Quebec and Nunavut operate Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to select economic immigration candidates. Provinces can nominate candidates based on provincial economic priorities because immigration is a shared responsibility between provincial and federal governments.

Quebec’s agreement with the federal government is unique in that the province has total autonomy in the selection, and number, of economic immigrants who are invited for permanent selection. This is in part because Quebec is considered a distinct society in Canada due to its status as the only province in Canada with French as the first official language.

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Provincial immigration results September 22-29

Ontario

Ontario has invited candidates under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) this week.

On September 26, Ontario issued 1,696 notifications of interest (NOIs) to PNP candidates from the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. It was a targeted draw for healthcare professionals who had a minimum score ranging between 350-462.

NOIs were issued to candidates in the following professions:

  • NOC 31102 - General practitioners and family physicians
  • NOC 31300 - Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • NOC 31301 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • NOC 32101 - Licensed practical nurses
  • NOC 33102 - Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates

British Columbia

British Columbia invited more than 204 PNP candidates in its weekly draw.

The province held four targeted draws for Skilled Workers and International Graduate candidates (including Express Entry candidates) on September 26.

The largest draw was for candidates in a tech profession. They required a minimum Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score of 90.

The remaining three draws followed the established pattern of inviting early childcare educators and assistants (49) and healthcare professionals (28). The provincial also invited less than five candidates in other priority occupations. Candidates in all three draws needed a minimum SIRS score of 60.

Quebec

Quebec has invited 1,018 Regular Skilled Worker candidates to apply for permanent selection through  in the most recent Arrima draw results.

The draw was not general and targeted candidates in a variety of occupations from tech, healthcare and teaching occupations among others.

Eligible candidates needed a score of 579 points and 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 held a unique draw on September 28. The province invited 1,072 candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas category were invited in a strategic recruitment draw.

The province says it considered candidates who indicated they are working in a regulated occupation and are fully licensed to work in Manitoba. It also says this draw did not consider candidates who have received an Invitation to Apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Alberta

Alberta held a draw on September 26 and invited 18 Express Entry candidates through the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer.

Candidates in this draw were also candidates in the federal Express Entry system and required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 311 to be considered.

The last draw for dedicated healthcare candidates invited 16 candidates. Alberta has reported an expected allocation of 1,462 of invitations in 2023 for candidates in this stream.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick has released the results of its provincial Express Entry program for August. The province typically releases all draw results for the month at the same time.

In August, the province invited 175 Express Entry candidates through three separate PNP streams. Compared to the July results, this draw issued nearly 90 fewer invitations. The August results are as follows:

  • 58 through the New Brunswick Employment Connection
  • 130 through the New Brunswick Student Connection
  • 71 through the New Brunswick Occupation-In-Demand Connection

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