Canadian Provinces Make Their Provincial Nominee Programs More Effective to Accept More Immigrants

March 15th, 2017 by admin

The year 2017 has been a happening year so far in terms of immigration to Canada. The federal government of Canada has improved efforts to bring in more immigrants to the country, something which can be clearly seen in the past few Express Entry draws.

Most of the provinces in Canada are also gearing up to be a part of the show.

The targets for Provincial Nominee Program has been increased by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to 51,000 for the year 2017. This is a 7% increase from the target that was set for the year 2016.

many provinces have taken up various measures to fulfill the targets for 2017 and they have expanded or opened different streams and categories for their respective PNPs.

Provinces and territories have the rights to set eligibility criteria for their PNPs. They also have the authority to pick applicants who fulfill the requirements of labor marked of their province.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) carried out three separate draws in the month of February. A total number of 1,260 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued in these draws.

The Entrepreneur Immigration category received 28 ITAs and the remaining 1,232 were sent to Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams of the BC PNP.

It should be noted here that there is the difference between ITAs given by IRCC under its Express Entry pool draws and the ones given under BC PNP. When an ITA is issued to a candidate by BC PNP, he or she becomes eligible to apply for provincial nomination certificate. As and when a candidate receives the same, application for Canadian permanent residency can be sent.


The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) had sent an invitation to 324 skilled workers on February 27th. These workers will now be able to apply for provincial nomination certificate for Manitoba.

An aspiring immigrant has to first send an Expression of Interest (EOI) to show his or her willingness to settle in Manitoba. Selected candidates are then issued Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) under MPNP.

At the time of submitting the EOI, an aspiring immigrant has to answer a series of questions that are given online. Candidates are than ranked on the basis of answers given by them.

The minimum score in the February draw in Manitoba was 719 for skilled workers.  When compared with the last draw that took place on January 27th, a reduction of 15 points is seen.

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