We are going to be looking at the Provincial Nomination Program updates and draw results from across Canada for the month of February.

In February, the Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada issued over 5,000 invitations to apply for provincial nomination.

The PNP is an immigration program that is carried out by the provinces in Canada to help them bring in skilled workers to the province that will fill up labour shortages and contribute to the growth and development of the province.

The program allows the provinces to create streams to help meet their labour market needs and economic development objectives.

The PNPs were introduced in 1998 to help spread the benefits of immigration among the provinces and also to encourage the immigration of skilled workers to smaller provinces and areas that are less populated in Canada.

Presently, the PNP can account for a significant number in the economic immigration to most provinces and territories in Canada. Also, smaller provinces like Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island now depend on the PNPs to help them meet their labour needs.

Reports say that by 2024, the estimated results of PNPs alone would be more than 93,000 immigrants per year admitted as permanent residents.

What about the Express Entry-Linked PNPs

Almost all the participating provinces and territories in Canada have at least one PNP stream that is linked with the Express Entry system. The Express Entry System is the most popular immigration program in Canada and it is the management system for three immigration programs which are the Federal System Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).


The Express Entry-linked PNP streams is called the “enhanced” PNPs as it allows provinces in Canada to select candidates who have profiles in the Express Entry pool and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has paused the issuing of Express Entry invitations to FSWP, FSTP and CEC candidates so as to reduce the backlog of immigration application in Canada.

The Immigration Minister recently indicated that it is a temporary interruption that would be sorted out and that the immigration rounds of these programs will resume in the near future.

The PNPs is to ensure that the Express Entry invitations for PNP candidates continue to be issued every two weeks.

The month of February saw a record of 2,145 Invitations to Apply sent out through two rounds which was more than the previous month which saw about 1,428 PNP candidates invited through two draws.

PNP Results For Each Province In Canada

  • Alberta

The Alberta’s PNP changed its name and also launched two new streams to support immigration to rural areas in the province in February. The province also released the results of two of its draws that were held in February through the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

  • British Columbia

British Columbia through its PNP invited top-scoring provincial candidates on a weekly basis. Invited candidates may apply to Express Entry British Columbia, Skills Immigration and also the Tech Stream. These programs are among the most active programs in Canada.

In February, British Columbia invited about 624 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

  • Manitoba

Manitoba sends out invitations on a regular basis through three streams and they are Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education Stream.

In February, the province held two draws which were on February 10 and 26. A total of 551 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued and about 134 candidates who had valid Express Entry profile were sent the letters.

  • Nova Scotia

On February 8, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) invited about 278 nurses who had profiles in the Express Entry System. The program invited nurses who were eligible for Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream and whose occupation fell under National Occupational Classification (NOC) 3012.

  • Ontario

The Ontario’s PNP which is the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) was one of the PNPs that were active in February. On February 8, the OINP issued about 828 notifications of interest to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s French-speaking Skilled Worker and Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (NCP) streams.

On February 9, the province also invited 749 candidates from the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and In-Demand Skills streams.

On February 22, Ontario also issued notifications of interest to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry HCP stream. 773 invitations were issued and the score range had a maximum of 600 points which is the most point that Express Entry Candidates can earn without a provincial nomination. Before the draw, candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores above the maximum range were not eligible for nomination.

On that same day, the province also issued eight Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream invitations and it targeted candidates of Economic Mobility Pathways Project.

On February 23, Ontario announced that those that were interested in being invited to apply for the Entrepreneur Stream should not contact the program to request an EOI registration form but can register an EOI using the e-Filing Portal.

Lastly, on February 24, Ontario issued invitations to 818 candidates who qualified for Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream and just like for the Express Entry HCP stream draw, removed the CRS cap.

So in February, Ontario invited a total of 3,176 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination more than any other province.

  • Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) draws are prescheduled and held once a month. PEI PNP held draw was held on February 17 and sent about 117 invitations to candidates from the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams and six others from the Business Impact stream.

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