We have now entered a new decade and reflecting back on the performance of Canadian immigration in 2019, the Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee streams stand out. 


Each of Canada’s nine provinces and two territories have at least one stream under their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which allows them to nominate desirable candidates from the federal Express Entry pool. It is a win-win situation where the candidates get permanent residence in Canada and the province meets their skilled worker demand. 


A provincial nomination awards an additional 600 points towards the CRS score of a candidate, thereby effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. 


The prominent amongst the advantage of provincial nomination is its lower CRS cut-off score than the minimum CRS score under the federal Express Entry programs. Otherwise too many such nomination streams have no CRS requirement and, as a result, provide opportunities to selected Express Entry candidates who may not otherwise have the minimum required score to obtain an ITA.  


The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the basis on which the profiles registered under the Express Entry system are ranked. A score is awarded to each profile depending on four core human capital criteria like age, work experience, education, language proficiency, amongst others. 


Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program in 2019

Some of the most notable activities in 2019 took place in enhanced nomination streams operated by the provinces – 


Ontario issued a combined 8,906 invitations to Express Entry candidates in 2019.
Alberta invited 6,884 Express Entry candidates with none of the minimum CRS score requirement higher than 400.
Saskatchewan invited 4,836 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in 2019.


Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario has three Express Entry-linked nomination streams – Human Capital Priorities, French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades. 


One of the key innovations introduced by Ontario in 2019 was a dedicated Tech Draws that targeted Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six tech-related occupations. It resulted in 3,396 invitations to Express Entry candidates.


Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta Express Entry stream emerged as the most active PNP pathways conducting over 31 selection rounds in 2019. The minimum CRS score requirement ranged from 300 and did not score the score of 400 in any of the selection rounds. 


Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Perhaps the biggest technical change under SINP was the switch from an In-Demand Occupation List to an Excluded Occupation List in September 2019. 


It expanded the number of eligible occupations from 19 to more than 200, resulting in a series of EOI selection rounds thereon. In a span of three months alone, nearly 4000 Express Entry candidates got their ITA for Canada PR. 


Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia regularly made use of its Labour Market Priorities Stream to remain active in 2019. It resulted in the invitation of a range of professionals from the Express Entry pool including financial auditors and accountants, registered nurses, social workers, early childhood educators and candidates with work experience in advertising, marketing or public relations.


Surely, several skilled candidates like yourself had a dream run in 2019, fulfilling their dream of getting a permanent residence in Canada. Those aspiring for Canada PR in 2020 should take this free assessment for a quick evaluation of your potential to immigrate to Canada. 

Contact your Canada Immigration Consultant for further queries.

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