An overview of Canada’s PNP immigration results for August 2021

September 2, 2021

By CIC News

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) issued over 3,400 invitations to apply for provincial nomination during the month of August.

Nearly every Canadian province and territory, except Quebec and Nunavut, operates its own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Having their own immigration programs allows provincial governments to select the most suitable people to meet their local labour market needs and to manage the regional settlement of the immigrant population within their jurisdiction. Each province adopts its own criteria for selecting foreign workers eligible for Canadian permanent residence under its respective PNP.

Since its launch in 1998, the PNP has become the second most important route to permanent residence in Canada.  Between now and 2023, PNPs alone are expected to result in more than 80,000 immigrants per year being admitted as permanent residents.

August 2021 PNP-Focused Express Entry highlights

Most participating provinces and territories have at least one PNP stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, which is Canada’s principal source of economic immigration.

So far in 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been holding PNP-specific Express Entry draws, on average, every two weeks.

In August, IRCC conducted two Express Entry draws targeting PNP candidates, issuing 512 ITAs on August 4 and another 463 on August 18. While the number of Express Entry invitations issued this past month was down compared to the months of June and July, the number of invitations issued through Express Entry is reaching record highs. IRCC has now issued over 100,000 ITAs this year.

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