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January 24, 2023

Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba issue invitations to apply for

Published on January 14th, 2023 at 08:00am EST

Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba have issued invitations to apply to candidates through their most recent rounds of provincial nominee program (PNP) draws.

Most Canadian provinces and territories (except for Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PNPs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for provincial nomination. Receiving a provincial nomination can be advantageous for gaining permanent residence.

Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are distinct from Canada’s immigration programs. Quebec is the only province that has control over all economic class immigrants.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) accounts for 105,000 PR admissions per year. It began in 1998 and the annual number of PNP admissions has since increased steadily. Both federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool to promote economic development outside of urban centers.

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On January 10, Ontario issued 404 invitations to apply to candidates in the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Two of the invitations were issued as part of the Economic Mobility Pathways Project. The draw targeted candidates with skilled trades occupations who have full-time job offers in a skilled occupation at TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Eligible candidates required a score of 35 and above.

The province announced on December 22 that it had invited the maximum number of candidates allocated for the year. In total for 2022, Ontario issued invitations to 9,750 candidates.

The province says new applications, and applications already submitted to the OINP, will continue to be accepted and considered under the program’s 2023 nomination allocation.

British Columbia

British Columbia issued 123 invitations to apply to candidates in a targeted draw for tech occupations on January 10.

The invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories and included Express Entry candidates. Since the tech stream of the BC PNP was launched in 2017, more than 6,000 tech workers have been nominated for provincial nomination.

Candidates required a minimum SIRS score of 90. SIRS acts much like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but is only used for British Columbia’s PNP.

The province also held rounds of invitations for candidates working in the following occupations.

  • Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points;
  • 17 healthcare workers from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, including Express Entry category, with scores of at least 60 points and;
  • Other in-demand occupations with scores of at least 60 points.


Manitoba invited 322 candidates through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program on January 12.. To receive an invitation, candidates must meet a baseline of criteria specific to their program. In total, the province invited:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba issued 260 invitations with a minimum score of 734.
  • Skilled Workers Overseas issued 20 invitations with a minimum score of 713.
  • International Education Stream issued 42 invitations with no score requirement.

Out of all who were invited to apply, 27 had profiles in the Express Entry system.

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