Canada PNP

PNP’s in focus: Canada’s provinces have held more than 160 provincial draws so far this year (WWICS: 28201908Ga1030)

Canada PNP’s offer more opportunities to a wider range of immigration candidates

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has grown exponentially since its establishment in the 1990s and now stands second only to the federal Express Entry system as the leading pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled foreign workers.

PNP gives nine Canadian provinces and two territories (except Nunavut and Quebec) the power to select immigrants who meet local labour market needs and priorities. PNPs offer easier options to immigration candidates (other than Express Entry) for achieving their goal of Canadian permanent residence.

Since January, there have been more than 160 draws conducted through provincial streams, which are around 10 times as many draws as Express Entry (17) held this year by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

For a majority of immigration candidates with low Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, or who do not have an Express Entry profile, there are various provincial immigration streams that have been extremely active in 2019. These provincial nomination streams are of two types:

  1. Enhanced nomination streams, which are aligned with Express Entry
  2. Base nomination streams, which are not aligned with Express Entry


    1. Enhanced nomination streams

All Canadian provinces and territories that take part in the Provincial Nominee Program have enhanced nomination streams linked to the federal Express Entry system.  Many of these streams hold their own monthly draws that often invite candidates with lower minimum CRS scores than Express Entry draws. For example, Alberta has issued invitations to candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 this year.

Other provinces, such as Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, have enhanced nomination streams that do not consider a candidate’s CRS score.

Candidates who receive an invitation  to apply for provincial nomination through enhanced nomination streams, receive additional 600 points towards their CRS score, which effectively increase their chances to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draw.

  1. Base nomination streams

Provinces participating in PNP also have their own “base” nomination streams that are not linked with Express Entry. These streams offer candidates who may not be eligible for Express Entry but have skills or education that are required by a given province, a fast-track option to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Many Canadian provinces have base streams that give preference to specific qualifications or occupations (e.g., physicians, daycare workers, or long-haul truck drivers). While other base streams are suited for those who have a strong connection with the province in terms of family or friends or have spent time in the province as a student or visitor.

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