Ontario has issued 30 ITAs under the Entrepreneur Stream and BC issued 177 ITAs in a general draw.
This week, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw results for Ontario and British Columbia were made public.
Except for Quebec and Nunavut, the majority of Canadian provinces and territories run their own PNPs. Interested candidates may receive invitations from these programs to apply for a provincial nomination.
Only 400 immigrants were accepted when the PNP was first established in 1998. However, it was incredibly effective, and as a result, Canada today accepts more than 80,000 immigrants annually through PNPs.
The surge in PNP admissions in Canada is attributable to the fact that both the federal and provincial governments see it as a useful tool for advancing the nation’s economic development.
Candidates for this category must file an EOI, much like all other categories under the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP), but if they are asked to apply, they must also go to an obligatory interview and sign a performance agreement.
If they are accepted, they will be given a temporary work permit to enter Canada and will have 20 months to put their company plan into action and submit a final review once they arrive. The applicant will be asked for identification to demonstrate their eligibility for permanent residence if they have satisfied the business conditions.
Candidates must further fulfill particular requirements, such as:
- must have had 24 months of business experience within the last 60 months.
- must hold at least a third of the company’s shares.
- must take an active role in running the company.
- The primary goal of investment must be financial gain.
- If the business will be located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it must create at least two full-time, permanent jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents; if it will be located elsewhere, it must create only one such position.
The deadline to apply for the provincial nomination in British Columbia was August 16; more than 223 people responded. Weekly provincial nomination draws are customary in BC.
A general draw that includes tech jobs selected 177 individuals in the majority for invitations. Candidates in the International Graduate and Skilled Worker categories, as well as Express Entry applicants, received invitations. Entry-level and moderately skilled candidates were also included in the general draw.
The minimal SIRS score for the general draw ranged from 78 for entry-level and semi-skilled candidates to 132 for skilled workers with Express Entry.
SIRS is exclusively utilized by the PNP of British Columbia. However, it functions similarly to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The following occupations were also the subject of invitation rounds from the province.
15 healthcare professionals and 26 early childhood educators and helpers (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points each.
5 medical assistants with a minimum score of 60