Canada’s busy month of May 2020 echoes positivity

May month for Canada PNPs

Over the past few weeks, Canada PNP  (Provincial Nominee Programs) have kept holding invitation rounds in most of the Canadian provinces.

An impressive 2000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence were sent through PNPs since May 2020 started.

Major provinces of Canada performed well in the immigration draw area in May 2020.

British Columbia (BC)

BC has issued 632 new invitations calling candidates to apply for a provincial nomination via draws that were held between May 7 and May 26, 2020.

2 draws conducted under the British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot welcomed new skilled tech talent to the province to work in Canada. With a strong presence of technology enterprises, the province’s tech employers had been in great efforts to recruit more talents into the tech industry in the province. The draws were all weekly.

In May, 225 candidates were selected via tech draws. These candidates came from the International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories. They needed a minimum provincial score of 80.

Invitations were sent to entry-level, semi-skilled, and skilled workers in May 2020 draws. International graduates were also invited through Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams. The candidates needed minimum scores between 81 and 110.


Alberta invited 191 Express Entry candidates via Alberta PNP  (Immigrant Nominee Program) for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on May 13, 2020.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required was 300. It would make them eligible to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Alberta.

The first preference was given to provincial candidates who already lived and worked in the province. This was done in view of reducing the risks of bringing candidates from overseas in view of COVID-19.

Some flexibility was given to PNP candidates who were unable to submit a complete set of required documents due to disruptions owing to COVID-19.

Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia PNP draw on May 22, 2020. It invited registered nurses to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada through the Labor Market Priorities stream.

The candidates required to have a profile in the federal Express Entry pool along with a minimum work experience of 3 years as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse. These positions should be NOC 3012 in Canada’s National Occupational Classification index.


On May 7, 2020, The Manitoba PNP  (Provincial Nominee Program) held an Expression of Interest draw. Another one was held on May 21, 2020. A total of 222 invitations were issued to candidates in International Education, Skilled Workers Overseas, and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams.

Manitoba has issued 2,030 Letters of Advice to Apply (LLA, another name for invites) to immigration candidates in these categories so far in 2020. The province has held 90 draws since the program commenced in April 2014.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island  PNP draw on May 15, 2020. It invited 15 candidates employed in essential service industries.

The PEI PNP invited only candidates from the Express Entry and Labor Impact categories. These candidates were working in an essential service like trucking or healthcare.

Only 29 candidates got invitations in the three latest draws including May 2020 one. The other 2 happened in March 2020.


The Ontario PNP  (Immigrant Nominee Program) issued 703 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.

The candidates invited had work experience in 6 tech sector jobs.

The invited candidates had CRS scores between 421 and 451. It was the lowest in the program’s history.


Saskatchewan issued invitations to 252 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. This happened on the draw held on May 28, 2020.

The Saskatchewan PNP (Immigrant Nominee Program) sent invitations to candidates belonging to the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry.

The May 28 draw was the first Express Entry-aligned PNP from Saskatchewan since Canada closed its borders, barring non-essential travel.

In the latest invitation round, the province issued 127 invitations to candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

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