ANALYSIS: Each province participating in the PNP has its own unique sources structured specifically to meet the needs of its wage labor, and to address a particular immigrant group.
Provinces are ‘easier’ to immigrate to than others.
Any province will be the easiest to immigrate to if you fulfill all the conditions you are applying for under the Provincial Candidate Program (PNP). If you already have a job offer in a given province, it may be apparent, but not so much for people who have not yet set foot in Canada.
Finding a PNP that’s perfect for you is a bit like finding a lock key. The “best fit” depends on your situation, as well as the expertise and knowledge you can have when it comes to local labor market needs. Most regions in Canada have their own distinct PNP sources except for Nunavut and Quebec. These immigration pathways are designed to meet each province’s particular requirements and are intended for a particular group of immigrants, be they professional, unskilled, entrepreneurial or foreign students.
Apart from federal and Quebec sources, there are currently approximately 80 separate sources involved in the PNP through provinces and territories.
An additional 600 points will be awarded to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score by a provincial nomination from an enhanced PNP source, that is, one relating to Canada’s Express Entry system. If you win those extra points, you are almost assured to obtain an invitation from the Government of Canada to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Depending on your personal situation there are various choices available for you:
You have no job offer
The Human Capital Priorities section of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is one of the most common solutions open to those without a work offer. The stream has three Express Entry-linked categories and has been making successful invitations to candidates for immigration in 2020. Although a job offer is not needed, you need to be considered and invited to apply for this stream with an active Express Entry profile and work experience.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is yet another choice without a job offer for foreign applicants. The Foreign Skilled Worker Group of Saskatchewan has two very active outlets, which do not require job offers. The first is the Saskatchewan Express Entry-linked route, but needs one that has an active profile in the federal Express Entry system to apply.
The second is the In-Demand source of Saskatchewan Occupation which does not have this requirement. It brings skilled workers capable of meeting Saskatchewan’s labor needs. To qualify an applicant must have at least one year’s work experience in one of the positions listed on Saskatchewan’s High-Demand Occupations List.
Finally, one of Canada’s most comprehensive and creative regional nominee initiatives, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The NSNP uses four streams to pick candidates for an Express Entry. The NSNP scans the Express Entry pool and selects applicants in particular professions that have work experience. Although Physicians Stream’s Labor Market Priorities include a work offer (specifically as a doctor from a Nova Scotia Health Authority), Nova Scotia Demand; Nova Scotia Experience; and Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities (other than physicians).
You know English
There are other PNPs outside Quebec’s French-speaking province that call for Francophone or bilingual applicants. The OINP’s Express Entry-linked French-Speaking Skilled Worker helps the province, among other selection requirements, to scan the Express Entry pool for applicants who are professional Francophone’s and who also have good English language skills.
You are an expert in technology
Those run by the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia are two of the most popular PNP routes for tech employees.
In the Ontario Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priority Line, Ontario regularly performs dedicated “Tech Draws.” These drawings target individuals, such as computer engineers and web designers, who have work experience in one of six designated technology occupations. No job offer is appropriate.
Meanwhile, B.C.’s Tech Pilot chooses immigration applicants, on an almost weekly basis, to apply for a provincial nomination. This pilot works within the BC Immigration Skills system. A work offer is eligibility prerequisite for the pilot in one of the 29 designated Technology occupations.
You have Territorial or Territory experience
Many PNPs have sources that support provincially or territoriality experienced individuals. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Network (MPNP) Skilled Manitoba Worker and Skilled Worker Overseas sources both benefit individuals who have served in Manitoba and educational experience. Manitoba also has three distinct sub-streams under its International Education stream for individuals who studied or graduated from post-secondary institutions in Manitoba.
PNPs are among Canada’s best ways to receive PR.
Express Entry and the Regional Candidate Program for Canada are expected to play increasingly high-profile positions in the Immigration Levels Strategy for Canada from now until 2022.
Combined intakes are expected to account for approximately half of Canada’s newcomer intake for Express Entry-managed services and Canada’s PNP.
Despite temporary travel restrictions for Canada spurred on by corona virus, most PNPs still keep invitation rounds.
Individuals seriously considering immigrants to Canada will benefit from exploring all potential choices for services and pathways. Choices prevail and exist to fit the varied circumstances and personal history of each person.