British Columbia and Manitoba invite PNP candidates in latest draws

Edana Robitaille
Published: July 6, 2024

British Columbia and Manitoba have invited candidates in Canada’s latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws.

Provincial Nominee Programs are immigration programs run by each of Canada’s provinces and territories (except Quebec and Nunavut). They are able to exist because immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal government and provincial governments.

Every year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) creates an Immigration Levels Plan that determines the number of permanent residents who will be admitted to Canada in the coming year and sets nominal targets for the following two years. Through the plan, IRCC also decides how many permanent residents will be admitted to Canada through any given program. For example, in 2024, IRCC will welcome 110,000 new permanent residents through the PNP.

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To help meet this target, IRCC gives each participating province an allocation of nominations. The provincial governments then select the economic immigration candidates who are deemed most likely to have a positive impact on the local economy and close urgent gaps in the provincial labour force.

Provincial immigration results June 29-July 5

British Columbia

British Columbia (B.C.) invited candidates to apply for provincial nomination on July 3 this week.

The province invited more than 72 candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams of the BCPNP and included those eligible for the Express Entry B.C. option.

The invitations were issued to candidates in five specific occupational categories. The highest number of invitations, 36, went to those in tech occupations who also had a minimum Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score of 122. SIRS functions much like the federal Comprehensive Ranking System but is only applicable to BC PNP candidates.

The other draws included 14 invitations to those in childcare occupations and a minimum score of 95, 13 invitations to candidates in construction with a score of 98, 9 invitations to candidates in healthcare occupations with a score of 106 and finally, fewer than five invitations went to those in veterinary care occupations that had a minimum score of 80.

Manitoba

Manitoba also held a PNP draw this week on July 4.

The province issued 126 letters of advice to apply to candidates in two streams of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Letters went to 85 International Education stream candidates and 41 Skilled Candidates Overseas. Skilled Candidates Overseas required a minimum score of 709 to be considered. They were part of one of the province’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.

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