British Columbia and Manitoba issue provincial immigration nominations

Asheesh Moosapeta
Published: May 12, 2024

British Columbia and Manitoba have both issued invitations to apply (ITAs) to immigration candidates through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

Candidates were invited through streams for skilled workers who had skills in key employment areas, an offer of employment in the province, or had previously studied in the province that nominated them. Read on for a full breakdown.

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Note: Different PNPs have their own methods of assigning scores to candidates for immigration purposes. As such cut-off scores for immigration draws in one PNP should not be compared to cut-off scores from PNPs in other provinces. In addition, some provinces may use other terms for ITAs (such as "Notifications of Interest", or "Letters of Advise to Apply")—however all of these terms refer to the same kind of invitation.

British Columbia (B.C.)

B.C. invited at least 77 candidates through the Skilled Worker, and International Graduate (includes Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) option)) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

Candidates were invited for individuals who had eligible professional experience in sectors with in-demand positions that the BCPNP targets (specifically healthcare, childcare, construction, tech, and veterinary care). Minimum scores varied for each draw, with the following cut-offs:

  • Childcare draw cut-off score: 90;
  • Construction draws cut-off score: 93;
  • Healthcare draw cut-off score: 100;
  • Tech draw cut-off score: 120; and
  • Veterinary care draw cut-off score: 80.

The International Graduate (includes EEBC option) stream targets individuals who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college in the last three years. A job offer must be obtained from a B.C. employer to be eligible for this stream. The “includes EEBC option” indicates that the stream is an enhanced PNP stream, which aligns with the federal Express Entry system. This means the BCPNP can invite eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool through this stream, to immigrate and settle in the province.

Manitoba

Manitoba invited 371 candidates this week, through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates were invited across three different streams and an occupation-specific draw.

The first draw was an occupation-specific selection that targeted profiles declaring current employment in occupations that have a high labour need in the province. 18 ITAs were issued to candidates who had experience in professions corresponding to National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes*:

  • 72024 - Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators; and
  • 73301 - Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators.

*The NOC system is Canada’s national system to classify and define different jobs in the country’s labour market.

The second draw was an all-program selection that invited 242 eligible candidates under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream (which includes the Manitoba Work Experience and Employer Direct Recruitment pathways). Candidates needed a minimum ranking score of 836 to be invited.

The third draw occurred under the International Education Stream, which invited 76 eligible candidates. The International Education Stream invites graduates from schools in Manitoba who meet the needs of the province’s labour market. The stream includes the Career Employment pathway, the Graduate Internship pathway, and the International Student Entrepreneur pathway.

The last draw occurred under the Skilled Worker Overseas stream, inviting 35 candidates with a minimum ranking score of 698. The Skilled Worker Overseas stream allows candidates from abroad who have in-demand skills and professional experience to be nominated to immigrate and settle in Manitoba. The stream consists of the Manitoba Express Entry pathway, and the Human Capital pathway.

Of the 371 candidates who were invited, 66 declared a valid Express Entry profile and job seeker validation code.

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