British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick invite NPP candidates this week


Four Canadian provinces have invited candidates in the most recently released Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw results.


The PNP is Canada’s leading economic immigration pathway. Under the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, Canada will welcome 117,500 new permanent residents through the PNP each year by the end of 2025.


The PNP can exist because, while Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has the final say on who becomes a permanent resident, immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial governments.


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By establishing a program that allows provinces to select qualified newcomers they feel have the best chance of establishing themselves economically, the province can also address gaps in the provincial workforce. This is seen by both governments as a beneficial tool to strengthen Canada’s economy.


Each year, the number of candidates a province can nominate changes. The overall target for PNP candidates for 2023 is 105,000. This number of available slots is then divided among the 11 provinces and territories that have PNP programs (Quebec and Nunavut do not have PNP).


For example, in 2023, Ontario was allocated 16,500 nominations and Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced that the province has an allocation of 3,050, which is double the 1,500 it had in 2022.


Provincial Immigration Results April 29 to May 5

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On May 2, British Columbia invited more than 171 candidates through the BC PNP. Candidates were invited through four separate draws, three of which were specific and one general.


In the general draw, candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate stream (including Express Entry candidates) were invited to apply if they had minimum cutoff scores of 104 (skilled workers) or 107 (international graduates). Candidates in the entry-level and semi-skilled streams may also have been invited if they had a minimum score of 85.


The three specific draws required a minimum cutoff score of 60. There were 22 invitees in a draw for early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202), 16 invitees with health care occupations, and fewer than five invitees from other priority occupations. The specific draws did not include entry-level and semi-qualified candidates.




Saskatchewan invited 1,032 applicants in two separate draws on May 3. The majority, 739 applicants, were invited through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Express Entry stream.


The remaining 293 were invited through the Occupations in Demand stream. Candidates in both streams needed a minimum score of 68 and an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA).


The province has held raffles once a month throughout 2023.


New Brunswick


New Brunswick has released the results of the April PNP draw. The province normally invites candidates throughout the month and then publishes all the results at the same time.


In April, 86 candidates were invited through the NB PNP’s Express Entry stream. Among them, 45 were in the NB Employment Connection, 27 were in the NB Students Connection and the remaining 14 were from the NB Occupations in Demand Connection.


Candidates who have received an invitation have 45 days to submit a complete application. If the province approves their nomination, candidates have 30 days to accept the nomination into their Federal Express Entry account.




On May 4, Manitoba issued 539 letters of advice to apply under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The draws were held for the candidates in three streams.


Under the Skilled Worker stream, 252 candidates with a score of at least 606 were invited into an Occupation-specific draw. Candidates with occupations in these 2021 (NOC) Major Groups were considered:


12 – Administrative and financial supervisors and specialized administrative occupations

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

70 – Middle management occupations in commerce and transportation

An additional 199 Skilled Workers received an Advice Letter to Apply in a non-occupation specific lottery. These candidates required a minimum score of 650.


There were also 39 invited candidates through the International Education stream and 49 invited through the Overseas Skilled Worker stream with minimum scores of 699.


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