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  • 383 skilled workers and graduates were invited by BC

    British Columbia has issued a total of 383 new invitations to candidates in a number of categories under its Skills Immigration Stream in draws that took place on January 31 and February 7. The February 7 draw was conducted under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Tech pilot program which is designed to compliment B.C.’s technology sector in its efforts to recruit talent through weekly draws.

  • British Columbia invites 444 candidates

    B.C. has invited 1,839 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021.

  • Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program

    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.

  • key formulas to attracting immigrants to smaller communities

    Promoting immigration to smaller provinces, cities, and towns across Canada — a process known as “regionalization” — has been the rage since the 1990s.

  • ‎11 communities named under IRCC’s Rural and Northern Immigration ‎Pilot

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

  • 2016 Best Destinations In Canada For New Immigrants

    MoneySense's annual ranking of the best cities and towns for new immigrants to Canada has been updated for 2016, with various destinations across the country vying to be crowned number one. The ranking system looks at employment rates, rental costs and existing immigrant populations in communities across Canada.

  • 225 Invitations Issued through BC PNP

    The province of British Columbia issued 225 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw that was held April 18. In a news update, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) said the invitations were issued to qualified registrants who had a job offer in one of its, Technology Pilot program's 32 key technology occupations.

  • 2350 Express Entry Candidates Nominated through BC PNP in 2017

    The province of British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates for Canadian permanent residence in 2017, with a notable boost in the number nominated through its EEBC — Skilled Worker category, a new report shows.

  • 241 New Invitations Issued by BC PNP

    The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 241 new invitations for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams The minimum scores for each category involved in this draw were as follows:

  • 362 invitations issued by BC

    So far in 2021, B.C. has issued 3,893 invitations to apply for provincial nomination through its PNP.

  • 364 Skilled Workers and Graduates selected through BC Provincial Nominee Program

    On May 10, 2017, the British Colombia invited 364 workers and graduates to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. This represents an increase of 77 percent in the number of candidates invited in five sub-categories managed through the province skills program registration system (SIRS), compared to the previous draw on April 19. These individuals have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from BC and are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

  • 400 candidates received invitation to apply from British Colombia

    On July 25th British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has issued 400 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination certificate to skilled workers and graduates under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams. All invitations in the July 25 draw were issued to candidates under the BC PNP Skill immigration program and Express Entry and streams.

  • 546 invitation to apply was issued by British Colombia to qualified applicants on September 03,2019

    Five hundred and forty-six invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to skilled workers and international graduates in the latest British Colombia (BC PNP) draw, which took place on September 3, 2019.

  • 70% of Canadian Population Growth in the final quarter of 2017 were International migration

    International migration continued to drive Canadian population growth in the final quarter of 2017, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the increase seen during that three-month period, new Statistics Canada data reveal. The federal agency said international migration, which includes immigration, return emigration and net non-permanent residents, “remained the main driver of population growth” between October 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018.

  • 71 invitations issued in new BC PNP Draws

    The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has issued new invitations under the Express Entry BC, Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration streams in new draws.

  • A look at British Columbia Express Entry nominations in 2018 Skilled Worker candidates received the majority of EEBC nominations last year

    British Columbia nominated 3,100 candidates in the federal Express Entry system for Canadian permanent residence in 2018 through its provincial nominee program, the BC PNP.

  • A look at the latest PNP draw results in BC, Manitoba and Ontario

    British Columbia

    More than 167 candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in these draws.

  • A snapshot of job vacancies across Canada

    The job vacancies portion of this update revealed that Canada had over 1,000,000 job vacancies in May of this year.

  • According to the Business Council of Canada survey, increased immigration is vital to Canada’s economy

    Two thirds of Canadian businesses surveyed hire talent from abroad

    Canada works hard to position itself as an ideal home for the best and the brightest global talent across all industries.

    The Business Council of Canada (BCC) recently released a report in which 80 Canadian businesses were surveyed about how they use Canada’s immigration programs to hire skilled workers. The businesses surveyed cumulatively employ over 1.6 million workers. Two thirds of companies surveyed say they recruit talent overseas using Canada’s immigration system. The remaining third hires immigrants who have already relocated to Canada.

    Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 looks to welcome over 450,000 new permanent residents per year by 2024. Canada offers a multitude of work permit and economic class immigration pathways.

    According to the BCC survey, all employers agree that Canada’s labour shortage is widespread, and they face real difficulty finding skilled workers across all industries. Labour shortages are particularly pronounced in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.

    Canada’s tech sector has been hit hardest by labour shortages as industry growth and demand is outpacing the number of skilled workers. Professions such as computer science, engineering and information tech are in high demand.

    Improvement factors:

    Only half of respondents agree that the Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024 is adequate to address their business needs and the growing labour shortages. The remaining half indicated that the number of economic immigrants needs to be increased but acknowledged that this is not practical until the government has a plan in place to ensure there is adequate housing and other infrastructure to support new immigrants, such as childcare and healthcare.

    Employers also believe they have a role to play in helping immigrants settle. This can take the form of language training, assisting employees in obtaining recognition of foreign credentials and relocation assistance.

    Canadian businesses expect that competition for skilled immigrants will intensify over the next few years. This is especially true of recent graduates who they say face significant barriers in obtaining permanent residency in Canada due to the time it takes to gain sufficient work experience.

  • Alberta and British Columbia each issue over 100 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

    Alberta invites 120 Express Entry candidates and BC targets tech occupations.