Four new 2018 records have been set in October for the most invitations issued so far this year through provincial immigration streams in Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia.Â
Many of the streams involved are linked to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canadaâ€™s three main economic immigration program â€” the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Most Canadian provinces and territories have a Provincial Nominee Program that allows them nominate a set number of immigrants for Canadian permanent residence each year. Each program has a number of immigration streams, some that are linked to Express Entry and others that are not.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination benefit fromÂ an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which determines their position in the Express Entry pool of candidates.
The additional 600 points for a provincial nomination effectively guarantee Express Entry candidates an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Prince Edward Island
The Atlantic Canada province of Prince Edward Island has an Express Entry-linked immigration stream that does not require candidates to have a job offer in the province.
This popular stream was part of an October 18 draw byÂ Prince Edward Islandâ€™s Provincial Nominee Program thatÂ saw a 2018 high of 270 invitations issued, surpassing the previous high of 152 invitations set in April.
Candidates in PEIâ€™s non-Express EntryÂ Labour Impact categories were also issued invitations to apply in this draw.
The PEI PNP employs an Expression of Interest (EOI) systemÂ typically requires interested candidates to submit a profile detailing their work experience, education, language skills and other factors.
Profiles are given a score based on the details provided and eligible profiles are entered into the pool of candidates for the selected category.
Candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through monthly draws.
Express Entry candidates may be invited to apply with or without a job in the province, and there have been cases when the PEI PNP will contact Express Entry candidates who have not submitted an EOI to the province but who may be a match for labour market needs in the province.
Another 2018 high was set this month in the Province of Saskatchewan, located in Canadaâ€™s Prairie region, in a draw through one of its popular International Skilled Worker sub-categories.
The draw, held October 10, issued 494 invitations to candidates in the Occupation In-DemandÂ pool â€” the most issued through the sub-category in a single draw since Saskatchewan switched it to an Expression of Interest system in July.
Candidates are not required to have a job offer in Saskatchewan in order to be eligible for this stream, which is not aligned with Express Entry. Candidates are required to haveÂ work experience in one of the 20 occupations found on Saskatchewanâ€™s In-Demand Occupations List, among other criteria.
A parallel draw also held October 10 issued 359 invitations to candidates in the International Skilled Workerâ€™sÂ Express EntryÂ sub-category, which also does not require a job offer in order to be eligible.
One of Ontarioâ€™s three Express Entry-linked streams also held its largest draw so far this year.
Ontario is Canadaâ€™s most populous province and its capital, Toronto, is Canadaâ€™s largest and most culturally diverse city. The provinceâ€™s booming tech industry is proving an increasingly popular draw for highly skilled workers, who have been targeted by Express Entry draws.
On October 19, Ontarioâ€™s Express Entry-alignedÂ Skilled Trades Stream issuedÂ 439 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on October 19.
This was by far the most invitations issued in a single draw this year through the stream, which has now issued 1,445 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario to Express Entry candidates in 2018.
The Skilled Trades Stream allows Ontario to search the federal Express Entry system for candidates currently living in the province who meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Experience Class.
Among other criteria, candidates must have a minimum of one year full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, inÂ a skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82Â of Canadaâ€™s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
The Skilled Trades Stream does not require a minimum Express Entry CRS score.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) holds draws approximately every two weeks for candidates in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level / Semi-Skilled categories of its Skills Immigration Stream.
Most Skills Immigration and B.C. Express Entry categories require a valid job offer from an employer in the province in order to be eligible.
Candidates in the Express Entry BC Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories are also invited through these bi-weekly draws.
Anyone who would like to be considered by the BC PNP through these economic immigration programs must first register through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
The SIRS serves as an Expression of Interest system and issues a ranking score based on the BC PNPâ€™s unique points grid.
Looking for more information on Canadaâ€™s Provincial Nominee Programs? Use the newÂ interactive Canada PNP FinderÂ to explore programs, filter your search, and keep up to date on all PNP-related news.
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