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2019 Updates to Canada’s PNPs

The Canadian immigration system is constantly changing and improving in order to better assist newcomers in attaining their dream of getting Canadian permanent residence.

In this article, we take a look at how the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has changed.

Each province and territory has its own PNP operating under different requirements in order to meet their respective labour market needs.

The continual innovation and improvement ensure that you will have the best possible chance of receiving a PN (Provincial Nomination). A PN is worth 600 extra points which can be added to your CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). This will automatically put you ahead of other applicants, making it extremely beneficial to have when applying for Canadian permanent residence.

An Express Entry profile adds even more value to your application as having a profile allows prospective employers to select your profile if it meets their regional labour and demographic requirements. This gives you a higher chance of getting Canadian permanent residence.

Visit our blog here for more information on the difference between the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs and how they work.

Updates to the 2019 Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada has 11 Provincial Nominee Programs, each aimed at targeting the current labour gap experienced across the country. Below, we’ve chronicled the top changes that each province has made to their Provincial Programs in 2019 in order to help skilled and semi-skilled workers start their new lives in Canada.

1. Alberta

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Updates to Alberta PNP 2019
DateUpdate
31 JulyAnnounces first steps taken in 2 new rural immigration programs: Rural Renewal Program and Rural Entrepreneur Immigration Program

2. British Columbia

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Updates to British Columbia PNP 2019
DateUpdate
14 MarchLaunches the new BC Entrepreneur Regional Pilot program.
3 JuneAnnounces that its Tech Pilot will be extended to June 2020.
3 OctoberAdds 8 new communities to B.C. Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot program.

3. Manitoba

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Updates to Manitoba PNP 2019
DateUpdate
Masters Graduate Stream paused until further notice

4. New Brunswick

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Updates to New Brunswick PNP 2019
DateUpdate
29 JanuaryReopens the Entrepreneurial PNP stream to new Expressions of Interest (EOIs).
26 JulyAnnouncement that the province will begin issuing occasional invitations to candidates directly from the Express Entry pool, depending on provincial labour-market needs

5. Nova Scotia

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Updates to Nova Scotia PNP 2019
DateUpdate
30 MayLaunches new 3-year immigration pilot for in-demand intermediate-skilled workers
30 MayAnnounces that business owners are now eligible under the Entrepreneur Stream
30 MayAnnounces ownership requirements for International Graduates Entrepreneur Streams will change from 100% to one third
11 SeptemberIntroduces new Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream

6. Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador | Canadian permanent residence
Updates to Newfoundland and Labrador PNP 2019
DateUpdate
9 JulyOpens to accept Expressions of Interest for International Entrepreneurs between August 9-15th 2019
9 AugustThe province opens to accept Expressions of Interest for the International Entrepreneur Stream. The stream is open for applications from August 9th - August 15th

7. Ontario

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Updates to Ontario PNP 2019
DateUpdate
30 AprilMasters Graduate Stream paused until further notice
12 JulyIntroduces Tech Worker Stream
15 JulyIntroduces a new pilot program directed at drawing skilled workers to Rural Ontario communities. (anticipated to open in 2020)
27 August Reopens its Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
23 SeptemberOntario Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream intake close (will reopen in 2020)

8. Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Canada | Canadian permanent residence
Updates to Saskatchewan PNP 2019
DateUpdate
18 SeptemberDrops Occupation In-Demand List and replaces with Excluded Occupations List - opens doors to over 200 in-demand professions

How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada

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Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late. Let us take care of all the fine print while you plan your move to Canada.

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