Mid-Summer Provincial Nominee Program Update

July 21, 2017

By Canadian Immigration Newsletter |

From coast to coast, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) continue to allow workers, graduates, entrepreneurs, and their families with a pathway to Canada. The first half of the summer has seen plenty of activity, particularly from Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Alberta.

Through the PNPs, Canadian provinces can nominate individuals for immigration to their province. Some PNP streams, known as enhanced streams, are aligned with the federal Express Entry selection system. Streams that are entirely separate from Express Entry are known as base streams. An enhanced nomination results in the applicant receiving 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Under Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2017, the government has set a target to bring in up to 54,000 new permanent residents this year alone.

British Columbia

Over recent weeks and months, BC has joined the ever-growing group of provinces that are looking for IT/tech professionals. In BC’s case, the advent of tech-only draws through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) was announced after six such draws had taken place from May through to July. It should be noted that BC also continues to invite workers and graduates in non-tech occupations.

BC’s strategy may be seen as an effort to leverage the BC PNP into a wider goal to make the province, in particular the Greater Vancouver Area, one of the largest and most successful tech hubs in North America.

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