Provincial Nominee Programs Now The Second-Largest Pathway For Canada PR

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Canada is looking forward to admitting over 80,000 new permanent residents every year through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These programs have come a long way since its inception in 1995, issuing just 200 nominations annually. 

Now, with more than 80 PNP streams in 11 Canadian provinces and territories, Canada PNP is the second-largest economic-class immigration program for Canada PR. The federal Express Entry pathway holds the No.1 spot. 


The unveiling of the new Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023 has further expanded the scope of economic-class immigration programs. Each provincial stream is designed to target immigrants who meet the specific labor market and economic needs of those regions.

Here are some of the recent changes in such provincial streams:

Bilingual Speakers Will Be Given Extra-Provincial Points

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan introduced a new change under its provincial nominee program. Those who are proficient in both English and French will now receive additional provincial points. Eligible candidates under the International Skilled Worker-Express Entry category would receive an additional 10 points, depending on the language proficiency of the candidate. 


The change came into effect on November 24 and will be considered in subsequent draws. 


Earlier in October PNP, Canada made similar changes in the evaluation of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to favor bilingual Express Entry candidates to obtain permanent residence. 

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Preference For Express Entry Profiles 

The federal Express Entry pool consists of profiles ranked based on their age, education, work experience, language proficiency among other skills. “Enhanced” Canada PNP are ones that select candidates from the federal Express Entry pool for a provincial nomination. Further, such candidates are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, thereby, guaranteeing an invitation to apply for permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draws. 

PNPs run by provinces like British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia have regularly made use of the federal pool in fulfilling their labor demands. 

Entrepreneur Immigration 

Any entrepreneur who is willing to migrate to Canada and start or take over a new business is welcomed with open arms. Usually, provincial programs encourage more entrepreneurs to invest in their provinces. One such newly launched program is BC Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot. It offers easy immigration and valid eligibility for permanent residency in less than 5 years. Other programs from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island actively nominated eligible foreign entrepreneurs to settle in Canada. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for any of 100+ economic and family class immigration programs in Canada. 


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