Provincial Nominee Programs like to the Express Entry system have had a busy start to 2018. Five of them have already conducted one or two draws while the others are amending their plan to attract better talent. If a candidate who has applied for the Express Entry system and gets selected in any of the Provincial Nominee Program, they get 600 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System. It brings them a lot closer to Canadian permanent residency.
Here’s how the provincial nominee programs did in January 2018:
In January, Ontario has already conducted two draws in the Human Capital Priorities Stream. Anyone who has more than 400 points in the Express Entry system is eligible for this provincial nominee program. The province issued 720 Notifications of Interests combining both the draws. Ontario also opened the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream and Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream but is yet to issue Notification of Interests.
2. British Columbia
In total, British Columbia has conducted four draws. The three categories in which the draws were conducted are Skills Immigration, Entrepreneur, and Express Entry streams. However, British Columbia has not published the number of applicants it received and approved. The province also has a Tech Pilot initiative that works with employers to hire tech talent.
Saskatchewan works a little differently and issues nomination on a first come, the first serve basis. It issued 400 nominations to the International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category. It is aligned with the Express Entry system and doesn’t require applicants to have a job in Saskatchewan or any work experience either.
Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick are currently amending their policies and will conduct the first draws in the month of February. Also, the government increased thresholds for all provincial nominee programs, so if you are planning to, apply soon.