Canada’s provincial nominee program started in 2018 on a busy note, especially those that work with the Express Entry Draw. The Canadian government hosted two draws in January 2018 along with five provincial nominee program draws. Express Entry applicants get 600 points extra on the comprehensive ranking system if they have a provincial nomination. It makes so easy for them to pave their path to permanent residency.
Here is how the first month of the provincial nominee programs looked like:
Ontario conducted two draws in the month of January in its Human Capital Priorities Stream sending 720 Notification of Interests. Within a week both of them are done. Anyone who scores 400 or above in the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System gets a direct shot at the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program it is a big advantage for who scored earlier.
2. British Columbia
British Columbia conducted four draws in the Entrepreneur, Express Entry, and Skilled Immigration streams. Two more draws were exclusively held in the Tech Pilot initiative. Vancouver majorly considered the Silicon Valley of Canada and the initiative helps recruit tech talent.
Manitoba awarded 155 Letters of Advice to Apply through the Express Entry pathway. It was the first time the province did so. To be eligible for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, the candidate must work full-time in the province for at least six months in the last one year.
Saskatchewan has a first come, first serve rule. It selected 400 applicants through its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category. It is another province where you don’t need to have a job before applying. You don’t need to have any connections with anyone living in the province either.
New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are yet to announce their draws. But instead, the provinces were working on adding more streams to their provincial nominee programs for attracting tech talent and healthcare professionals through these programs.