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Canada PNP Draws 2021

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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 

On February 9: British Columbia invited a total of 74 candidates from the BC PNP Express Entry (EEBC) and BC PNP Skills Immigration streams.

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.

On February 2: British Columbia invited a total of 208 candidates from theBC PNP Express Entry (EEBC) and BC PNP Skills Immigration streams.

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: Alberta held its second AINP draw and invited 100 candidates from the Alberta Express Entry stream with a minimum CRS score of 360 points.

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.

On January 19, 2021: British Columbia issued 195 ITAs to applicants of the BC PNP Skills Immigration category that has 5 streams, specifically the Skilled Worker (BC PNP) and the International Graduate (BC PNP) streams, along with the BC PNP Express Entry (EEBC), which has 4 streams under it, specifically the Skilled Worker (EEBC), the International Graduate (EEBC) and the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (BC PNP) streams.

Applicants with a minimum CRS score between 80 and 106 points received an ITA for permanent residence.

On January 19, 2021: Nova Scotia held its first round of NPNP draw in 2021. The province did not disclose how many ITAs were issued. However, applicants to the Labour Market Priorities (NSNP) stream were invited to apply for permanent residence.

Applicants in the primary occupation of a financial officer classified as National Occupation Classification (NOC) code 1114 were targeted in this draw.

On January 14, 2021: Manitoba held its first MPNP draw of the year and issued a total of 272 ITAs across 3 streams under the MPNP.

Out of the 272, 236 ITAs were issued to the applicants of the Skilled Worker Immigration Stream with a minimum CRS score of 461.

Applicants of the Skilled Workers Overseas stream received a total of 7 ITAs with a minimum CRS score of 722.

The remaining 29 ITAs were issued to the applicants of International Education Stream.

On January 13, 2021: Ontario held its first OINP draw. A total of 484 ITAs were sent to applicants of the Express Entry system under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Skilled Trades Stream.

Out of the 484 ITAs issued, 338 went to the Skilled Trades Stream, while the remaining 146 were issued to the applicants of the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

Applicants required a minimum CRS range between 434-460 for the Skilled Trades Stream. For the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, applicants required a minimum CRS range between 456-467 points.

On January 12, 2021: British Columbia issued 80ITAs under the BC PNP Tech Pilot from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories under the BC Skills Immigration and Express Entry aligned BC PNP streams.

Applicants with a minimum CRS score of 80 points received an ITA for permanent residence.

On January 8, 2021: Alberta held its first AINP draw where 50 ITAs were issued to the applicants of the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Applicants required a minimum CRS score of 406 to qualify.

On January 7, 2021: Saskatchewan issued 385 ITAs to applicants of the Occupations In-Demand stream under its SINP.

On January 5, 2021: British Columbia issued 168 ITAs to applicants of 5 different immigration streams under its BC PNP.

The invitations were sent to applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 813.

*For related information: See our PNP Program Finder tool or the recent Express Entry draw updates

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