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  • 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.

  • Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program and the high-skilled economic immigration programs now managed by Canada’s Express Entry system are set to play increasingly vital roles in Canada’s immigration strategy over the next three years.

  • Canada is committing up to $10 million under its Foreign Credential Recognition Program for projects designed to help internationally trained newcomers find and keep well-paying jobs.

  • Canada’s goal of admitting more than a million new permanent residents by the end of 2021 is gaining new attention internationally.  

  • Recent weeks have seen an impressive amount of activity among Canada’s Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams. In the past five days alone, more than 1,400 Express Entry candidates have been contacted by Canada’s provinces to apply for a provincial nomination.

  • On November 13,2015 Citizenship and immigration Canada announced the result of its 20th draw for Canadian immigration through the express Entry program . A total of 1,506 invitation to apply ( ITA) were issued to candidates with 484 or more comprehensive Ranking Points (CRS) points.

  • The Government of Canada has named 11 Canadian communities that have been selected to take ‎part in its new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. ‎

  • 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.

  • Prince Edward Island issued new invitations to immigration candidates in a draw held March 21.

  • The Quebec government has passed a contentious immigration bill in an early-morning vote of 62 ‎to 42.‎

  • International students hoping to remain in Canada on a Post-Graduation Work Permit now have six months to apply once they obtain their notice of graduation and are no longer required to have a valid study permit.  

  • A total of new 5,000 applications for immigration to Quebec, Canada were successfully submitted to the government of Quebec the morning of Tuesday, August 16. These applications were made under the Quebec Skilled worker program which has now reached its intake cap.

  • April 20th - 2016 - Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 9th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 32nd overall, inviting 1018 applicants for permanent residence. It was the twenty-third successive draw under the Express Entry System where the lowest CRS score was under 500.

  • Quebec plans to implement an online 'virtual waiting room' in time for the approaching application intake period for the Quebec skilled worker , which is scheduled to begin June 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST (Montréal time).

  • The Government of Canada held its largest Express Entry draw of 2018 on September 5, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
    This is the fourth all-program draw in 2018 with a minimum score of 440, which is the lowest (CRS) score drawn in 2018 to date.

  • The 22nd draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on December 4, 2015. A total of 1,451 invitation to apply ( ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 461 or more (CRS) points.

  • The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 1,484 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The 28th draw took place on February 24, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 453 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This latest draw is good news to prospective applicants, as it marks the second time this year that the CRS point requirement has been as low as 453.

  • A new Express Entry draw held June 12 invited 3,350 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

  • CRS cut-off score drops two points to 460 in July 10 draw

  • The province of Manitoba has invited 349 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on September 26. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for a provincial nomination through the Manitoba nominee programs . With a nomination, invited persons may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.