Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island issue invitations for provincial nomination

Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island issue invitations for provincial nomination

Posted December 24, 2022 at 8:00 am EST

Four provinces issued invitations to provincial nominations this week

Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island this week issued invitations to apply to candidates through their Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs).

While provincial nomination itself is not the same as permanent residency, it can be the first step in obtaining permanent residency from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own provincial nomination programs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and differ from Canada’s immigration programs.

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The PNP accounts for 105,000 PR entries per year. It began in 1998 and the annual number of PNP admissions has steadily increased since then. Both the federal and state governments see this as an effective instrument for promoting economic development outside of metropolitan areas.

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Ontario issued expressions of interest on December 20 to candidates in the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream who have work experience in targeted technical roles.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) targeted candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 484-490. The number of letters issued is not immediately known.

Candidates must already be in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Express Entry pool.

British Columbia

British Columbia issued 153 invitations to apply to candidates in a targeted tech draw on Dec. 20.

The invitations were sent to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included express submission candidates.

Candidates were required to have a minimum SIRS score of 90. SIRS behaves similarly to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but is used only for British Columbia’s PNP.

The country has also held invitation rounds for candidates working in the following professions.

  • 15 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with at least 60 points;
  • 5 health professionals in the Skilled Worker category, International Graduate, incl. Express Entry, with at least 60 points.


Saskatchewan held its final drawing under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) on December 21st

The province invited 153 candidates under the Express Entry stream and 315 under the Occupations-In-Demand stream, for a total of 468 invitations issued. Candidates from both categories needed points out of 80.

Prince Edward Island

On December 15, Prince Edward Island invited 127 candidates via the PEI PNP’s Labor and Express Entry Stream. There were also seven candidates invited through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur with a minimum score of 62.

This brings the total number of candidates invited by the province so far in 2022 to 1,854.

Express Entry candidates wishing to be nominated by the PEI must submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PNP.

EOI profiles receive a score based on the PEI scoring grid, and like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), the top-ranked candidates are invited to apply monthly draws

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