• CIC News is profiling Canada's various provincial nominee programs over the coming weeks
    Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program has grown exponentially since its creation in the 1990s and now stands second only to the federal Express Entry system as the leading pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled foreign workers.

    Recent weeks have seen nominee streams in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia issue more than 2,500 invitations to workers with a range of skills and professional experience to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
    Quebec is the only Canadian province that does not take part in the PNP. It has a separate agreement with the federal government that gives it sole responsibility for the selection of economic-class immigrants.

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    Since the PNP’s first year in operation in 1996, when only 233 people were admitted to Canada through the program, it has evolved to the point where its admissions target for 2019 is 61,000.
    Looked at over the next three years, Canada could receive as many as 213,000 new permanent residents through the PNP alone.
    The reasons for this expansion are clear: Canada’s population is ageing, its birth rate is declining and labour shortages are expanding as a result. This trend is especially heightened in smaller provinces, which are also struggling with the loss of residents to other parts of Canada.

  • No job offer is required

    As of September 21, 2015Saskatchewan has announced that will receive 1000 more applications from international skilled workers who are interested to live in the province if they have one of the 57 occupations in demands without job offer.

  • The Government of Canada has named 11 Canadian communities that have been selected to take ‎part in its new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. ‎
    The pilot is‏ ‏to help smaller rural and remote communities attract foreign workers of various skill ‎levels and provide them with permanent residence..‎
    The pilot’s goal is to help these communities counter labour market shortages caused by declining ‎birth rates, rising retirement rates and the out-migration of youth to more populated areas of ‎Canada.‎
    The 11 communities named on June 14 are located in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta ‎and British Columbia.‎
    • Thunder Bay
    • Sault Ste. Marie
    • Sudbury
    • Timmins
    • North Bay
    • Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee
    • Brandon
    • Moose Jaw
    • Claresholm
    British Columbia
    • West Kootenay
    • Vernon
    Each community will work with a local economic development organization to recruit and assess ‎immigration candidates based on local economic needs and job openings and endorse the ‎selected candidates for permanent residence.‎‏ ‏
    The communities selected could be in a position to begin identifying immigration candidates as ‎early as this fall and those selected are expected to begin arriving in Canada 2020.‎

  • Saskatchewan has conducted the largest ever draw for the Entrepreneur stream of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), with 142 international entrepreneurs having been invited to apply to the program following the May 24, 2017 draw. Another new record was set in this draw, as the points threshold required for a candidate to be invited to apply reached its lowest ever cut-off point of 80.

  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced that it has reopened its International Skilled Worker — Express Entry to 500 new applications today. Candidates applying to the Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)’s must first enter the federal Express Entry system.

  • New draws through Saskatchewan’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories on November 1 resulted in 926 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence from pool of candidates for the  Express Entry and Occupation in demand sub catagory of the province.

  • The province of Ontario led Canada’s provinces and territories in net employment gains in 2018 During 2018 Canada’s unemployment rate reach its lowest point since 1976.

  •  July, 2012-- Many Canadian immigration programs remain open, despite the Canadian government’s announcement that it will be taking a ‘temporary pause.

  • Late August was a busy period for PNPs in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia (BC)

  • The Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC were each active in their drive to welcome new immigrants over the past couple of weeks, as more than 2,000 potential newcomers either submitted an application to one of these provinces’ Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) or were invited to do so.

  • Alberta Wants Cap on Economic Immigrants Raised

    Alberta requested that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) raise the number of economic immigrants it can nominate each year in order to meet its growing labour needs. The province anticipates it will need 96,000 new workers by 2023.

  • IRCC gets new year off to a big start with 7,800 invitations to apply in first two draws

  • January was a busy month for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, particularly those associated with the federal Express Entry system. The two Express Entry draws conducted by the Government of Canada in January were complemented by the opening of five Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams over the course of the month.

  • EOI system comes into effect July 16 and will replace first-come, first-served model for International Skilled Worker sub-categories The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is moving away from a first-come, first-served application model for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories and will adopt an Expression of Interest system effective July 16.

    The new process means the first step toward being considered for either of the two International Skilled Worker sub-categories will be to create an EOI profile using Saskatchewan’s online application system “OASIS” beginning Monday.

    The change will mean regular draws from a pool of ranked candidates rather than the current approach of occasional openings that favour those who are quickest to apply. It also brings Saskatchewan in line with other Canadian provinces that already employ EOI systems.

    An EOI is not an application to the Saskacheawn Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) but is rather a way for a candidate to make it known that they would like to be considered for either the Express Entry or Occupations in-Demand Sub category.

    This pre-application process requires candidates to complete an online form that assesses their eligibility for either sub-category in accordance with their respective selection criteria.

    Criteria include education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age and a candidate’s connections to Saskatchewan’s labour market. Candidates must also have work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s In-Demand occupations.

    The SINP’s EOI system will use the same point assessment grid that is currently in effect for the International Skilled Worker category.

    Candidates who score at least 60 points out of 100 are then entered into the EOI pool and ranked based on their score, and the highest-ranked candidates will be invited to apply through regular draws from Saskatchewan’s EOI pool.

    The SINP says if too many candidates have the same or equal point score, candidates with connections to Saskatchewan will be prioritized. According to the SINP, “these are people who receive points for having a close family relative in Saskatchewan; and/or past work experience in Saskatchewan; and/or past student experience in Saskatchewan.”

    Candidates with the most work experience and highest language scores will be next in line after those with connections to the province.

    The SINP says draws will take place on a monthly basis to start, at a minimum, but their frequency will be determined by the needs of its application inventory as will the number of invitations issued in each draw.

    The dates of the draws will not be communicated, but the score range and attributes of the candidates selected will be provided on the SINP webpage.

    The SINP says it may limit the selection of EOIs by occupation “so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and applications do not exceed employment demand.”

    Candidates who receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan will be notified by email.

    Complete applications for a provincial nomination will be submitted within 60 days of receiving an invitation using the same log-in information for a candidate’s EOI profile.

    Express Entry candidates who are nominated by Saskatchewan receive an additional 600 points toward their (CRS) score.

  • Immigration to Canada remains on the rise at both the provincial and federal level, despite a move this week by the province of Quebec to reduce the number of newcomers it will welcome next year.  

  • A majority of Canadians continue to hold positive views on key aspects of immigration and few see immigrants and refugees as a pressing national concern, a new Environics Institute survey has found.

  • The first quarter of 2019 has officially surpassed the first quarter of 2018 with 21,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence issued to candidates in Canada’s Express Entry system.
    This is a 3,700 increase from 2018’s first quarter that ended at 17,500 invitations issued.

  • A new report on the Government of Canada’s Express Entry economic immigration system shows candidates from India and China led their fellow Express Entry candidates in invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2017.

  • 2016 has been a remarkable year, and 2017 is expected to bring even more positive immigrating to Canada.

  • Some of Canada’s most desired destination provinces have been active with respect to their Express Entry and provincial nominee program (PNP)) streams this Spring, giving candidates in the Express Entry pool a range of opportunities to obtain a provincial nomination certificate. With such a nomination, a candidate obtains 600 additional points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.