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Ontario,British Columbia, and Manitoba issue provincial nominations this week

Provincial Nominations Issued

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“This week witnessed the issuance of nominations by three Canadian provinces through their Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs), exclusive pathways for economic class immigrants to establish residence and employment in the nominating region. It’s important to note that, except for Quebec and Nunavut, all provinces in Canada administer their own scoring systems for candidate evaluation under their PNPs, leading to a diverse range of outcomes.”

“Provincial Nomination Outcomes for January 19th to 26th – British Columbia”

“On January 23rd, British Columbia (B.C.) extended invitations to immigration candidates through six distinct streams of the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP), resulting in a total of at least 216 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

General draws were conducted in the Skilled Worker, Skilled Worker—Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) option, International Graduate, and International Graduate EEBC option streams, each requiring candidates to have a minimum score of 120. Another general draw took place under the Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled stream, with candidates needing a minimum score of 98. These draws collectively accounted for 79 ITAs.

Furthermore, B.C. conducted targeted draws under its Skilled Worker, International Graduate (including EEBC option) stream, focusing on candidates with work experience in four professional categories: Childcare (66 ITAs), Construction (34 ITAs), Healthcare (36 ITAs), and Veterinary Care (fewer than 5 ITAs). The minimum score for consideration in these draws was 60, with the Construction category requiring a higher score of 75.”

On January 25th, Manitoba issued Notifications of Interest (the Manitoba PNP (MPNP) equivalent of an ITA) across three different streams.

In the recent draw conducted by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), a total of 275 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) were issued across different streams.


In the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream, 156 NOIs were issued to candidates with a minimum score of 772, specifically targeting those who completed their post-secondary education in Manitoba.

The International Education Stream saw 78 invitations extended, and the specific immigration score cutoff for this draw was not disclosed.

Under the Skilled Worker Overseas stream, 41 NOIs were issued to candidates meeting the minimum score requirement of 713.

Notably, out of the 275 NOIs, 29 were allocated to candidates who declared an Express Entry profile. This comprehensive draw reflects Manitoba’s commitment to attracting skilled individuals through various immigration pathways.


During the current week, the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP) conducted two distinct draws to invite candidates through its various streams.

On January 19th, the OINP invited a total of 1,654 candidates via its Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker stream. To qualify for this draw, candidates were required to have a minimum score of 50.

In a subsequent draw on January 24th, the OINP issued 12 targeted invitations under the same Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker stream. These invitations were specifically extended to candidates eligible for the federal Economic Mobility Pathways Project.

These draws underscore Ontario’s commitment to selecting candidates through specific streams to meet the province’s economic and labor market needs.

The Economic Mobility Pathways Project is designed to target skilled refugees, facilitating their immigration to Canada through existing economic pathways. This initiative not only provides a pathway for skilled refugees but also offers employers a new pool of qualified candidates to address job openings.

Additionally, on January 24th, Ontario conducted two more separate draws. The first draw invited candidates under the Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams. For the Master’s Graduate stream, candidates with a score of 50 or above were considered, while the PhD Graduate stream required candidates to have a minimum score of 45. The specific number of candidates receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in these draws has not been disclosed.

Furthermore, on January 19th, the OINP announced that it had reached its nomination allocation for 2023. Throughout the previous year, the program successfully issued 16,500 nominations (or ITAs) across all its streams, reflecting the program’s robust efforts in selecting skilled individuals to contribute to Ontario’s economic growth.

The growing importance of the PNP

Despite having a reduced allocation in the immigration levels plan for 2024-2026, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is poised to emerge as Canada‘s primary economic pathway for immigrants starting in 2025. With an annual allocation exceeding 110,000, PNPs collectively constitute over a fifth of the total annual immigrant allocations throughout Canada.

The primary purpose of these programs is to distribute the advantages of immigration across the country, focusing on areas where smaller provincial labor markets and demographics can experience positive impacts from the arrival of newcomers. To delve deeper into Canada’s PNPs, you can explore our dedicated webpage on the subject.


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