January 2020 was a productive month for Canada Provincial Nominee Programs as five provinces opened up their nomination draws for the year 2020. Here is a quick compilation of such draws and their eligibility criteria for you to plan your immigration to Canada.

Canada Provincial Nominee Program  Immigration Stream Number of candidates invited
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Skilled Workers in Manitoba 186
Skilled Workers Overseas
International Education Stream
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program French-speaking Skilled Worker Stream 242
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories 308
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program  Human Capital Priorities Stream 954
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Skilled Workers in Manitoba 249
Skilled Workers Overseas
International Education Stream
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program  Express Entry, Labour Impact, and Business Impact categories 123
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Express Entry Stream with minimum CRS 350  150

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In the year’s first nomination draw from Alberta, almost 150 eligible Express Entry candidates with minimum CRS score 350 got invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. 

To be eligible to obtain provincial nomination under the stream, the Express Entry candidates must meet certain eligibility requirements. 

Though neither a job offer nor previous work experience in Alberta is necessary to become eligible for a provincial nomination from Alberta, the province gives priority to those candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • A job offer from an Alberta employer
  • Prior work experience in Alberta
  • A degree obtained from a post-secondary education institution in Canada and a valid job offer
  • A parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta



Manitoba was able to conduct two Expression of Interest draws inviting eligible candidates under the three streams in the first month of 2020 itself. 

Under Manitoba Express Entry stream, candidates must have eligible work experience in one of the in-demand occupations of Manitoba and meet other requirements. 

For receiving a Letter of Advice to Apply from Manitoba through either Skilled Worker in Manitoba or Skilled Worker Overseas category, it is necessary for the candidate to submit an Expression of Interest to the MPNP. Each EoI profile submitted this way is awarded a score out of 1000 based on core human capital factors such as education, work experience, previous connections to the province and proficiency in either English or French. 

In the Manitoba Expression of Interest draws, the highest-scoring candidates are issued Letters of Advice to Apply. 



Ontario stays as the most demanding provinces with two draws with high draw sizes, all within the first month of 2020. 

For eligibility under the Human Capital Priorities Stream of OINP, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria for the stream from the Express Entry pool. Though a job offer is not necessary to be selected, the candidate must have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience or equivalent part-time work experience in the relevant occupation. The other requirements such as education qualification, language proficiency, proof of settlement fund must be fulfilled. 

In order to qualify under the French-speaking Skilled Worker Stream of OINP, the candidate must have proficiency in French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher in all the four abilities-reading, writing, listening and speaking. They must also have English language proficiency equal to CLB level 6 in all the four abilities.


Prince Edward Island

While the eligibility to be nominated under the Express Entry stream is linked with the federal Express Entry system requirements, immigration candidates with a valid job offer and support from a PEI employer may apply for a provincial nomination through the Labour Impact category. The Labour Impact category has three streams: Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate. 

Candidates who wish to own and operate a business on Prince Edward Island may apply through the Business Impact category.



While eligibility for the Express Entry sub-category under Saskatchewan matches with that of the federal Express Entry system requirements, those who do not have a federal Express Entry profile may apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan through Occupations In-Demand sub-category. Saskatchewan uses an Excluded Occupations List instead of an In-demand Occupations List for this category. 

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