Get Into The Canada PNP:

Canada is a favorite destination for individuals wanting to migrate to another country. The immigration friendly policies of the country and the many job opportunities available are encouraging migrants to come and settle here.

Permanent residency in Canada allows you to settle in the country on a permanent basis. You might be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship after five years.

Canadian permanent residence offers social security, free education and healthcare, among other benefits. Many Canadian immigration programs are available through which you can apply for permanent residency.

A popular option is the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program or the PNP.

Canada offers nearly 80 different PNP immigration pathways or ‘streams’. Some of the popular PNP programs include:

  1. Alberta PNP
  2. Manitoba PNP
  3. New Brunswick PNP
  4. British Columbia PNP
  5. Nova Scotia PNP
  6. Ontario PNP
  7. Saskatchewan PNP
  8. Prince Edward Island PNP

The PNP programs are designed to meet the individual immigration needs of provinces and meet the labor shortages they are facing.

With this in mind, the Canadian government has continuously increased its targets for the PNP program. It has set a target of 81,500 newcomers through Canadian PNP in 2022.

As per the Canada Annual Immigration Targets 2021-2023, of the total 421,000 overall planned permanent resident admissions target for 2023, around 83,000 will get permanent residence in 2023 through Canadian PNP.

Eligibility criteria for the PNP

Most of the Canada immigration programs — including various PNP immigration pathways or ‘streams’ — work on a points-based system.

Generally, an applicant must score a minimum number of points to be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through Canadian PNP.

Here are the various criteria under which you can score points to meet the eligibility requirement:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language ability
  • Adaptability
  • Arranged employment

Usually, an application for Canadian permanent residence through the PNP route requires the applicants to have some kinds of a connection to the province.  The connection could be either through working in that province or having studied there in the recent past. You can also be considered eligible if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer in that province/territory.

Steps to apply for Canada PNP

For permanent residence in Canada through the PNP, you must begin the process by applying to the specific PNP of the province or territory that you intend to settle within.

Provided you meet the specific eligibility requirements, you might be able to able to secure a PNP nomination through them.

You can apply for your permanent residence visa after you are successful in securing a PNP nomination.

The criteria for evaluating the application differ from PNP to PNP.

The PNP is the recommended option if your CRS points score is not high enough and you are thinking of applying for Canadian permanent residence through the federal Express Entry system. When making your PNP application you can choose a province from where it will be easy to get a nomination based on your profile.

Express Entry linked PNPS

A nomination – under any of the Express Entry linked PNP streams – is worth 600 CRS points in itself, thereby guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal draw.

Those wishing to secure such an “enhanced nomination”, with expedited processing and a completely online application process must first create an Express Entry profile and specify an interest in being considered by that province or territory for a nomination.

All PNP draws in 2022

Total  no. of candidates: 2937  

Total draws: 18213

Sl. No Date  Draw  No. of candidates
1 30 March 2022 Ontario 618
2 29 March 2022 British Columbia 215
3 28 March 2022 Ontario 301
4 26 March 2022 British Columbia 148
5 26 March 2022 Ontario 1034
6 24 March 2022 Manitoba 191
7 24 March 2022 Ontario 471
8 22 March 2022   Alberta 350
9 22 March 2022 British Columbia 204
10 21 March 2022 Manitoba 303
11 21 March 2022 PEI 141
12 19 March 2022 British Columbia 179
13 17 March 2022 PEI 141
14 14 March 2022 British Columbia 176
15 14 March 2022 Alberta 250
16 12 March 2022 British Columbia 160
17 10 March 2022 Manitoba 120
18 08 March 2022   Alberta 350
19 08 March 2022 British Columbia 204
20 08 March 2022 Saskatchewan 85
21 07 March 2022 Manitoba 223
22 05 March 2022 British Columbia 198
23 04 March 2022 Saskatchewan 36
24 03 March 2022 58
25 01 March 2022 British Columbia 136
26 01 March 2022 Ontario 1320
27 24 February 2022  Manitoba 278
28 24 February 2022   Ontario 818
29 22 February 2022 8
30 22 February 2022 773
31 22 February 2022   British Columbia 160
32 17 February 2022   Prince Edward Island 123
33 15 February 2022   British Columbia 140
34 10 February 2022   Manitoba 273
35 10 February 2022   Quebec 523
36 09 February 2022   Ontario 476
37 09 February 2022 107
38 09 February 2022 166
39 08 February 2022 206
40 08 February 2022 622
41 08 February 2022   Nova Scotia 278
42 08 February 2022   British Columbia 198
43 01 February 2022 126
44 01 February 2022   Alberta 400
45 27 January 2022 Manitoba 315
46 27 January 2022 Ontario 1,032
47 25 January 2022 British Columbia 289
48 20 January 2022 Prince Edward Island 132
49 18 January 2022 Alberta 350
50 18 January 2022 British Columbia 91
51 13 January 2022 Manitoba 443
52 12 January 2022 Ontario 502
53 12 January 2022 Saskatchewan 104
54 11 January 2022 British Columbia 232
55 11 January 2022  Ontario 1,084
56 05 January 2022  Alberta 250
57 04 January 2022  British Columbia 102


How is the PNP connected to the Express Entry program?

Provinces can nominate a certain number of candidates under the Express Entry system in order to meet their local employment requirements.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool who obtain the PNP nomination from a province are awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, out of a possible total of 1,200.

When these additional points are added to a candidate’s total points it will result in an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in the next Express Entry draw.

In addition, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of any one of the following federal economic immigration programs for entry and selection from the Express Entry pool:

· Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

· Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

· Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Provinces and territories can add any additional criteria for their own immigration streams.

Depending on the province, candidates eligible to join the Express Entry pool can either join the pool first, then be nominated by a province or territory, or be nominated by a province or territory before completing an online Express Entry profile and entering the Express Entry pool.

Why do certain immigration candidates try for permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee program?

Some candidates may already be in the Express Entry pool but will not have enough CRS points to get an ITA. However, with a provincial nomination, they will get an additional 600 points added to their CRS score which greatly improves their chances of getting an ITA.

Another reason could be that they already have a job offer from the province or they are already residing in the province and have either finished their studies there or working on a temporary basis in the province and are thus eligible for its nomination streams.

Are there any differences between the various PNP programs?

Some PNP Canada streams are aligned with the Express Entry system, while some are not aligned to the EE system.

Some PNP programs require applicants to have a job offer, while others do not.

Applicants can apply directly to some PNP streams while others issue invitations on an Expression of Interest (EOI) basis, where applicants must first get an ITA before submitting their application.

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