This past weekend saw 3 Provincial Nominee Programs taking place on July 18 in three different provinces: Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Alberta.
Prince Edward Island nominated 135 applicants via the Provincial Nominee Program Prince Edward Island (PNP PEI ), of which 118 candidates applied via the Labour Impact Category and Express Entry System.
Provincial Nominee Program Manitoba invited 173 skilled worker candidates, issuing 29 invitations to Express Entry applicants, while Provincial Nominee Program Alberta extended 180 invitations to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System Scores (CRS’S) as low as 425, which was 45 points lower than the most recent cut-off score of Express Entry draws.
That makes a total of 488 new foreign immigrants who received an opportunity from the Canada Provincial Nominee Program to apply for Canadian residency over this past weekend alone!
With all of these terms flying around, the immigration process might seem quite baffling and cumbersome. But before you click on that adorable cat compilation video, let's take a look at the process as well as how we can make your life easier and assist you in making Canada your new home.
What Is The Provincial Nominee Process?
The Provincial Nominee Program allows the province to nominate qualified applicants for permanent residency. The PNP selection process is based on the needs of the labour market of the province. Obtaining a provincial nominee is particularly beneficial as it gives applicants the chance to gain an extra 600 CRS points, giving them an advantage in draw pools and virtually warranting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. There are two ways that you can receive a provincial nominee: applicants can apply directly to the immigration department of a participating province or apply via the Express Entry System.
What Is The Express Entry System?
The Express Entry System was implemented by the Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2015 in order to streamline the immigration process. Those applying for residence under the following categories are eligible to apply via the Express Entry System:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP); and
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Applicants are required to create an online profile, supplying information such as age, education and work experience. Based on this, candidates are then awarded points before being entered into a draw pool with other applicants, against whom they will be ranked according to the CRS. Candidates with the highest points are then selected and issued with ITA’s for permanent residency in Canada. Sometimes provinces will select candidates from these draw pools and award PNPs to suitable applicants.
Now that the immigration processes are covered, let's have a look at why these provinces are such popular destinations to relocate to.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is a picturesque storybook filled with alluring coastlines and verdant pastures. It is Canada’s smallest province with a population of 154,748. It offers a relatively low cost of living, a low crime rate and locals are friendly and welcoming, making it easy to integrate into the community. As in the rest of Canada, PEI offers free publically funded education up until grade 12 as well as an excellent public Medicare system, which covers standard healthcare, meaning that it is afforded to all permanent residents and Canadian citizens at no cost to them. If you’re looking for the perfect balance between small-town living and modern innovation, then Prince Edward Island is just the place for you!
Manitoba is one of Canada’s prairie provinces known for its rolling golden hills, expansive coasts, magnificent national parks and glorious lakes, such as Lake Winnipeg, which is the world’s tenth-largest freshwater lake. Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, offers an air of sophistication and is an avid host of the arts and festivals. Churchill is a charming town fondly referred to as the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’ and is the perfect setting to view the awe-inspiring northern lights over the tundra.
Alberta is home to some of the worlds most phenomenal natural wonders, including two of the world's oldest national parks, namely Jasper and Banff. Lake Louise is a sight to behold and Drumheller badlands are a must-see for palaeontology enthusiasts. Alberta is also home to vibrant urban dwellings such as Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary not only has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation but the highest per capita earnings, making it an ideal destination for professionals. Edmonton offers a taste of adventure, with over 22 national parks to choose from and a variety of trails through the Rocky Mountains, as well as over 50 annual festivals and events to attend. Not only is it a great place to settle but it boasts the lowest income taxes in the country.
How Can We Help?
Relocating to a new country can be a complicated and stressful task but with our team of highly proficient Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s) guiding you through the process, it can be rather effortless. All you have to do is sign up with our service for your immigration assessment and apply now to enhance your prospects of success.