Currently, 9 provinces and 2 territories in Canada are operating an active Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that provides simple and fast access to obtaining permanent residency for various streams for different foreign nationals. *Nunavut is the newest territory and without a PNP and Quebec Immigration is not a part of the PNP.
Every PNP offers immigration streams aligned with the federal Express Entry system to help provinces nominate eligible applicants from the Express Entry pool.
Applicants to the Express Entry aligned PNP streams are required to meet certain additional criteria regarding connection to the province and a valid job offer from a local employer to qualify for provincial nomination.
Once the applicant has been granted provincial nomination, they will also receive an Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency to the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRRC).
Latest PNP Draw Updates by Date and Province or Territory
Applicants in eligible tech occupations were prioritized in the latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw.
Applicants to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams under the BC Skills Immigration required a minimum of 80 provincial points.
Applicants to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams under the EEBC required a minimum CRS of 104 and 100 respectively.
The minimum required CRS for applicants to 3 streams under the Skills Immigration category was:
- Skilled Worker: 98
- Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 79
- International Graduate: 98
On February 2: Ontario invited a total of 238 candidates from the Human Capital Priorities Stream (EE-OINP) under its provincial program. Applicants required a minimum CRS score between 466 and 467 to qualify.
On February 2: Alberta announced the results from the January 28 draw which offered 100 Express Entry candidates entry to Alberta with a cut-off score as low as 360.
On January 28: Manitoba held its second PNP draw and invited 218 candidates, including 13 Express Entry candidates, to apply to the MPNP under three different MPNP streams.
MPNP issued 178 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the applicants of Skilled Worker Immigration Stream with a minimum CRS score of 518 points.
23 ITAs were issued to the applicants of International Education Stream.
17 ITAs were issued to the applicants of Skilled Workers Overseas stream with a minimum CRS of 681 points.
The remaining 13 ITAs were issued to applicants from the Express Entry pool.
On January 26: British Columbia issued ITAs to 81 candidates of four streams of the BC PNP Tech Pilot draw. Applicants in an eligible tech occupation were invited to apply from the BC PNP Skills Immigration category and BC PNP Express Entry (EEBC). The minimum required score for all streams was 80 points.
On January 26: Quebec issued Invitations to Apply to 95 candidates who submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Although not part of the PNP program.
On January 21, 2021: Saskatchewan held another round of draws and issued 502 ITAs to the applicants of the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.
Applicants to the Express Entry sub category received a total of 189 ITAs while the remaining 211 ITAs were issued to applicants of the Occupations In-Demand stream. The minimum required CRS score was 77 points regardless of the category.
On January 21, 2021: Prince Edward Island held its first draw of 2021 and a total of 211 ITAs were issued to applicants Express Entry and Labour Market Impact Category and the Business Impact Category.
Express Entry and Labour Market Impact Category applicants received 196 ITAs, while the remaining 15 were issued to the Business Impact Category applicants. The minimum CRS score was 80 points.