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How Did Canada’s PNP Perform in August 2021?

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"In August 2021, Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) invited approximately 3,400 applicants to apply for provincial nominations."
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Published on:  Sep 21, 2021
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In August 2021, Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) invited approximately 3,400 applicants to apply for provincial nominations. 

Launched in 1998, PNPs are the second most important pathway for economic immigration in Canada. Under the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-23, Canada aims to welcome nearly 80,000 immigrants every year through various PNPs. 

What Is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and How Does It Operate?

The PNPs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate suitable applicants with skills and experience relevant to the local labor market needs. Apart from Quebec Immigration and Nunavut, nearly every Canadian province and territory has its nomination program and a different set of requirements for potential applicants. While some programs require applicants to meet a certain set of criteria, others operate with an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. 

The EOI system functions much like the Express Entry system. Applicants must create a profile and submit all necessary information regarding their education level, work experience, language skills, etc. The EOI system then ranks their profiles. Applicants who score equal or higher than the minimum point cut-off receive an invitation to apply for provincial nomination. 

Other programs nominate applicants directly from the Express Entry pool based on their skills, experience and language proficiency, and Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. 

How Did the PNPs Perform in August 2021?

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been holding biweekly PNP-specific Express Entry draws. In August 2021, the IRCC held 2 PNP-specific Express Entry draws. 

The first one was on August 4, 2021, to invite 512 applicants and the second was on August 18 to invite 463 applicants. While the number of invitations issued during August was low compared to the last two months, the total number of invitations issued through the Express Entry system has reached an all-time high. Until now, the IRCC has issued over 100,000 ITAs since the start of this year.

How Did the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Perform In August 2021?

The OINP held 5 PNP draws in August 2021 to invite around 875 applicants for provincial nomination. The OINP also held its first-ever draw for applicants to the Master's Graduate and Ph.D. Graduate streams. However, the number of invitations issued in August was significantly lower compared to July when more than 2000 invitations were issued by the OINP. 

How Did the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Perform In August 2021?

In August 2021, the BC PNP issued over 1000 invitations through the BC PNP Skills Immigration and the BC PNP Express Entry (EEBC) categories. This is closely matched with the number of invitations issued through these categories in July.

How Did the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Perform In August 2021?

The SINP held a total of 4 PNP draws during August 2021. All invitations were sent to the applicants to the Express Entry and the Occupations In-Demand sub-categories of the International Skilled Worker Category. A total of 948 invitations were sent in August, significantly higher than in July when only 547 invitations were issued.

How Did the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Perform In August 2021?

The MPNP held only one PNP draw in August 2021 to invite 275 applicants to the Skilled Workers in Manitoba (MPNP), the Skilled Workers Overseas (MPNP), and the International Education Stream (MPNP). Compared to July, this was significantly lower. In July 2021, the MPNP invited around 1,792 applicants through these same streams.

How Did the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) Perform In August 2021?

The PEI PNP invited 161 applicants to the PEI PNP Express Entry, the Labour Impact Category (PEI PNP), and the Business Impact Category on August 19. It was slightly lower compared to July. In July 2021, the PEI PNP invited 181 applicants to these same streams. 

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