Monthly Review: Canada PR Nomination Draws in October 2021

Canada PR Nomination Draws

Canada is recovering fast and with the opening up of its borders to international travellers, the country is eyeing to meet its immigration levels plan of welcoming up to 1.2 million new immigrants by 2023.

Additionally, Quebec released its new immigration levels plan for 2022 and will invite up to 52,500 new immigrants.

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During the month of October’21, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held just two program-specific Express Entry draws resulting in about 1,569 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canada PR. Meanwhile, the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) invited a total of 4,002 eligible candidates to apply for provincial nominations.

Immigration experts view these developments as a sign of relief as more new aspirants can be expected to immigrate to Canada in near future.

Canada Permanent Residence Under Express Entry Draws in October 2021

Somewhere in the whole nomination draws in 2021, the preference for candidates under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is still being sidelined. Usually, foreign skilled workers who have adequate work experience but outside Canada are taken under the FSWP category.

The federal Express Entry provides a direct immigration pathway for skilled foreign workers even without a job offer or work experience in Canada to obtain permanent residence (PR).

Last month, Express Entry only preferred Express Entry candidates under PNP categories for permanent residence.

Express Entry Draws – October 2021
Draw Number Nomination Draw Date Qualifying CRS ITAs issued
#207 October 14 PNP-specific: 720 points 681
#208 October 28 PNP-specific: 744 points 888

Canada Express Entry is a long-drawn (maximum one-year validity) two-step process.

All registered profiles are assessed and ranked on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Core human factors such as age, education, language skills, and work experience are the metrics to calculate a CRS profile score.

The second step will involve the fortnightly nomination draws held by IRCC. The high-ranking candidates based on the CRS score get invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR).

Active Provincial Nominations for Canada PR in October 2021

The unique arrangement between the federal and provincial/territorial governments in Canada, except in Quebec & Nunavut, allows the nomination of foreign candidates separately based on the unique labour demand of each province. These provincial nominations allow eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Further, candidates with an active Express Entry have a chance to gain an additional 600 points towards their overall CRS score. This would effectively guarantee them an ITA for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry draw.


Nearly 960 candidates were invited to apply for the provincial nomination in the last month. These provincial nominations were issued through the Express Entry British Columbia, and Skills Immigration streams.

With the turning of the tech pilot program into a permanent immigration program, aspirants can expect more nominations of specific foreign tech workers to immigrate to Canada.


The province seemed busy as it held a total of seven draws last month. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited about 2,620 eligible candidates throughout the month.

Typically, foreign workers with Canadian work experience in various occupations fitting the categories under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, B may qualify for such streams.


The province of Manitoba held a draw under Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas streams. A total of 885 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued of which 179 were issued to candidates who declared a valid Express Entry profile.


The province issued only one draw that invited 293 candidates with CRS scores of at least 300.


The province went as per its pre-scheduled draws, rather with a larger draw size. A total of 204 eligible candidates under Express Entry, Labour, and Business Impact candidates.

Here’s a quick review of our previous editions of monthly nomination draws review: 

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