March 2, 2023

Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP) in British Columbia, Quebec, and Manitoba offer invitations to candidates.

The latest Invitations to Apply(ITA) issued to candidates through their provincial immigration programs have been announced by British Columbia, Quebec, and Manitoba. With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, all provinces and territories have their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), which are economic immigration programs that allow provincial governments to choose candidates who are most likely to integrate successfully into the provincial economy and fill critical labor force shortages.

The responsibility of managing immigration in Canada is shared between the federal government and the provinces. The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) enable the provinces to select the individuals who they believe can readily adapt to the local economy and are willing to stay for a long period. However, the final decision on granting permanent resident status to all applicants lies with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Quebec's immigration initiatives are unique because they are managed by the province and differ from the rest of Canada's immigration programs. Quebec is the sole province with authority over all economic class immigrants.

Provincial Nomination Draws February 2023

British Columbia

British Columbia invited more than 241 candidates under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program on February 22.

In a recent draw held in British Columbia, a majority of the candidates (203) were invited through a general draw that covered tech occupations. The draw was open to skilled worker candidates with a minimum SIRS score of 101, international graduate program candidates with scores of 103, and included Express Entry candidates. In addition, Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled stream candidates with minimum scores of 85 were also invited. The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), used only in British Columbia, operates similarly to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System.

Apart from the general draw, British Columbia also conducted rounds of invitations for candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams, including those in the tech sector. All candidates were required to have a minimum SIRS score of 60.

The province of British Columbia invited fewer than five candidates from other in-demand occupations along with 18 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) and 20 healthcare workers in their recent round of invitations.


On February 9, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) issued 1,011 invitations to candidates who applied through the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). These candidates were required to have a minimum score of 619, and a valid job offer outside the area of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.


On February 23, Manitoba sent invitations to apply to 583 candidates who applied through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program. Out of these invitations, 207 were given to skilled worker candidates from certain occupations as mentioned below:

  1. Transport and transit drivers (7330)
  2. Retail and wholesale trade managers (6002)
  3. Nursing and allied health professionals (3130)
  4. Assisting occupations in education (4310)
  5. Secondary, elementary and kindergarten school teachers (4122)
  6. Hairstylists and estheticians (6321)
  7. Automotive service technicians (7241)
  8. Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services (4220)
  9. Retail salespersons and non-technical wholesale trade sales and account representatives (6410)
  10. Office support and court services occupations (1410)

In addition, the province invited 298 skilled worker candidates who did not have specific occupations but had a minimum score of 693, and 51 candidates from the International Education Stream.

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