British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba invite candidates in latest PNP results

Edana Robitaille
Published: October 15, 2023

Three of Canada’s provinces have invited candidates to apply for provincial nomination.

Candidates are invited to apply under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) when provincial governments believe that they will integrate into the economy easily and support the local labour force by filling urgent gaps in in-demand sectors.

The provinces select candidates either from the federal Express Entry pool of applications (a process called enhanced nomination) or from those who apply directly to the provincial government (base nomination).

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Getting nominated through a PNP is different from getting permanent resident status, but it makes an application stronger. Nominated candidates must still send a separate application to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Provincial immigration results October 6-12

British Columbia

On October 11, British Columbia invited more than 180 candidates in the most recent BC PNP draw.

The province held four targeted draws for candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories (including Express Entry candidates).

The largest draw invited 118 candidates employed in tech occupations. They required a minimum score of 90 to be considered.

The remaining three draw results are as follows. Candidates in each occupation required a minimum score of 60.

  • Early childhood educators and assistants: 45
  • Healthcare professionals: 17
  • Other priority occupations: less than five


Manitoba held four draws on October 5 inviting 542 candidates to apply for nomination.

Two of the draws were for candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category. The first was an occupation-specific draw for 219 candidates employed in professions that fell under National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 major groups

  • 72 - Technical trades and transportation officers and controllers
  • 73 - General trades
  • 75 - Helpers and labourers and other transport drivers, operators and labourers

Candidates required a minimum score of 610 to be considered.

The second skilled worker draw was general, meaning candidates were not considered based on a specific attribute. The province invited 222 candidates with a minimum score of 629.

The remaining two draws were also general and invited 41 from the Skilled Worker Overseas category with a minimum score of 601 and 60 candidates from the International Education stream.


Alberta held a small draw on October 10 inviting 13 candidates from the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. All candidates under this stream are also Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 327.

Alberta reported an allocation of 1,462 nominations for candidates under this stream for 2023 and shows that there are less than 10 applications currently in the queue. It also says approximately 1,383 allocations remain.

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