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An overview of Canada’s PNP immigration results for July 202

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Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs issued over 6,000 invitations in July to invite candidates for provincial nominations.

Except for Nunavut and Quebec, all Canadian provinces and territories have their own Provincial Nominee Programs. Each province has its own criteria to select foreign workers who are eligible for permanent residence in Canada under the PNP. Provincial governments can select the best workers to fill their labour market needs by having their own immigration programs.

These programs alone will result in more than 80,000 immigrants becoming permanent residents each year between now and 2023.

The majority of participating provinces or territories have at least one PNP stream aligned to the federal Express Entry system. This is Canada’s main source of economic migration.

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Highlights of July 2021 Express Entry by PNP-Focused

Since the beginning of the year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has held PNP-specific Express Entry draws on average every two weeks.

The IRCC held two Express Entry draws in July targeting PNP candidates. They issued 627 ITAs on the 7th and 462 on the 21st. Although the number of Express Entry invitations was lower than the previous month’s, they reached new heights in size and cut-off scores continue to fall. The IRCC has issued nearly 100,000 ITAs so far this year.


Through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, (OINP), six draws were held in this province.

On June 7, the first draw was held. 21 invitations were sent to applicants under the Entrepreneur stream. The province hosted major draws on July 13th, inviting 1,685 candidates to apply through the Employer Job offer: Foreign Worker stream and the Employer job opportunity: International student stream.

The province hosted its first ever In-Demand Skills stream draw on July 15, 2021. 55 applicants were invited. On July 21, Ontario issued invitations for 115 bilingual Express Entry candidates.

On July 27, Ontario invited 1,031 applicants with work experience in 18 specific occupations to apply for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.


In July, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program’s Express Entry Stream sent invitations to immigrant candidates. The draw took place on July 14, inviting 181 candidates who had CRS scores of at least 301. This invitation rate is slightly slower than previous months, when there were regular rounds every two weeks.


The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program held four rounds of invitations through the Express Entry, Occupations On-Demand and International Skilled Worker Category sub-categories. A total of 570 invitations were issued to submit for a provincial nomination. This is significantly higher than the 255 invitations that were issued by the province last month.


The province issued 1,417 invitations for immigrant candidates in July under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Two draws were held by the province through three streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education Stream.

On July 27, 1,140 Express Entry applicants were invited by the province to apply for a provincial nomination. This was a record-breaking draw. This was the largest round in which 1,188 Express Entry candidates were nominated.

British Columbia

The province invited 885 candidates over the last month to apply for a provincial nominating position through Express Entry British Columbia and Skills Immigration streams. This is close to the number of invites that were issued in the previous months.

B.C. B.C. also announced that it would temporarily suspend the intake of new registrations in the Entrepreneur Immigration stream (EI). The temporary pause does not affect registrations under the Base category. All categories of Skills immigration are still available, including the EI-Regional Pilot and Strategic Projects.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island held its prescheduled draw on Jul 15th and issued 127 invitations for immigration candidates. The majority of invitations (118) were sent to Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates. The nine remaining invitations were sent to Business Impact candidates with a minimum of 60 points.

What are PNPs?

PNPs enable Canadian provinces or territories to nominate individuals for permanent migration.

There are two types: enhanced and base PNPs.

Base nomination streams are not subject to the Express Entry system as they are managed directly by the provinces. These types of nominations must be processed according to specific PNP streams. Candidates will need to go through two steps to move from a successful base nominee to permanent residency. Candidates must first determine if they meet the criteria to be eligible for the PNP pathway. Next, they will need to apply and, if successful, receive their nomination certificate. After obtaining this certificate, the candidate can apply for permanent residence status with the federal government.

The Express Entry system also includes enhanced nomination streams. These streams allow provincial immigration officials search the Express Entry pool for principal applicants that match certain criteria. These candidates are then invited by the provinces to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry manages the pool for Canada’s three major federal-level economic immigrant programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (Federal Skilled Trades Program) and the Canadian Experience Class (Canadian Experience Class).

Candidates who are nominated for a provincial nomination in enhanced streams receive 600 Comprehensive Ranking System points (CRS). This almost guarantees that the candidate will be invited to apply (ITA), for permanent residence, in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

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