- Saskatchewan conducted an Expression of Interest draw on May 3, inviting over 1,000 candidates for Canadian immigration through its Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry streams. The draw targeted 32 National Occupational Classification codes with a minimum score of 68 required for invitation. Saskatchewan is aiming to attract skilled workers to address labour shortages and contribute to the economic growth of the province.
- Ontario conducted a targeted draw on May 5, issuing invitations to 1,863 candidates targeting technology occupations for Canada immigration through its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. The draw focused on candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores between 475 and 482 and aimed to address labour shortages in the technology sector in Ontario. This draw is part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to attract skilled workers in technology occupations to keep the province's economy growing.
Over 1,800 Candidates Invited to Apply for Permanent Residency in Ontario
Ontario has once again conducted a draw through its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream, inviting 1,863 candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 475 and 482 targeting tech occupations. The draw, which took place on May 5, was specifically designed to address labour shortages in the technology sector in Canada's largest province. Check your CRS score here.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has been conducting Tech Draws since July 2019 and selects candidates from the Express Entry pool to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) via their Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) account. The candidates then have 45 days to submit a full application.
The May 5 draw invited candidates targeting the following occupations:
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 20012)
- Data Scientists (NOC 21211)
- Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 21223)
- Computer systems developers and (NOC 21230)
- Software engineers and designers (NOC 21231)
- Software developers and programmers (NOC 21232)
- Web designers (NOC 21233)
- Web developers and programmers (NOC 21234)
- Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 21311)
This is the latest of several Human Capital Priorities Draws conducted by Ontario in recent years, with the Tech Draw being a specific focus for the province. Candidates invited to apply for permanent residency through this program will have the opportunity to work in one of the most vibrant technology ecosystems in North America.
The Tech Draws are part of Ontario's larger efforts to attract top global talent to the province, with an emphasis on industries that will contribute to the economic growth of the province. This latest draw reflects Ontario's continued commitment to attracting skilled workers in technology occupations to help address labour shortages and keep the province's economy growing.
Expression of Interest Draw Results in Saskatchewan Released
Saskatchewan has conducted a new Expression of Interest (EOI) draw through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), issuing 1,032 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency. This marks Saskatchewan's fourth skilled worker draw of 2023, with the latest on May 3, 2023.
The SINP draw issued 293 invitations through the province's Occupations In-Demand stream and 739 via its Express Entry stream. The invitations targeted 32 National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, including NOCs such as:
- 13201-Production and transportation logistics coordinators
- 21203-Land surveyors
- 21211-Data scientists
- 21221-Business systems specialists
- 21223-atabase analysts and data administrators
- 21230-Computer systems developers and programmers
- 21232-Software developers and programmers
- 21233-Web designers
- 21234-Web developers and programmers
- 21301-Mechanical engineers
- 21321-Industrial and manufacturing engineers
- 22220-Computer network and web technicians
- 22221-User support technicians
- 31203-Occupational therapists
- 32102-Paramedical occupations
- 32120-Medical laboratory technologists
- 32121-Medical radiation technologists
- 32122-Medical sonographers
- 32123-Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
- 41301-Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
- 62100-Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade
- 70012-Facility operation and maintenance managers
- 72024-Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
- 72100-Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
- 72106-Welders and related machine operators
- 72201-Industrial electricians
- 72400-Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- 72401-Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- 72410-Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
- 82030-Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
- 92100-Power engineers and power systems operators
Applicants who received invitations in this latest draw had to score at least 68 points on the SINP's EOI assessment grid. The assessment grid is used to evaluate candidates' eligibility for the program and to assign them a score based on factors such as work experience, education, language ability, and age.
The SINP is one of the many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in Canada that allows participating provinces and territories to nominate foreign nationals for permanent residency. PNPs like the SINP have become increasingly popular among skilled foreign workers looking to immigrate to Canada, especially since the federal government introduced the Express Entry system in 2015.
The SINP also offers an Express Entry stream that enables the province to nominate candidates who are already in the federal Express Entry pool. Candidates nominated through the Express Entry stream receive an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which significantly increases their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
The latest SINP draw is good news for foreign nationals looking to immigrate to Canada through the provincial nomination route, especially those who have expertise in the targeted NOCs. Saskatchewan continues to welcome skilled workers to fill its labor market needs and contribute to the province's economic growth.
Why PNPs Can Increase Your Chances of Immigrating to Canada
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have become an increasingly popular pathway for immigration to Canada, and recent data and statistics demonstrate why. In 2023 alone, several Canadian provinces have conducted multiple draws through their PNPs, inviting thousands of candidates to apply for permanent residency.
In British Columbia, for example, the province invited 3,711 candidates through its various PNP streams in the first quarter of 2023. This included 1,565 candidates through its Express Entry BC stream, which targets skilled workers, international graduates, and healthcare professionals.
Alberta also conducted a draw in May, issuing 250 invitations through its Express Entry stream. The draw targeted candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 300, demonstrating the province's efforts to attract candidates with lower CRS scores.
PNPs offer various streams and pathways, including those for skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs, and more, making them an attractive option for those seeking to immigrate to Canada. Additionally, each stream's requirements and selection criteria are tailored to meet each province's specific needs and demands, allowing for a diverse range of candidates to apply.
The recent data and statistics surrounding PNPs illustrate their significant role in Canadian immigration and why they can increase your chances of successfully immigrating to Canada. With ongoing efforts by provinces to attract skilled workers and address labour shortages in various sectors, PNPs remain a viable and attractive pathway for those seeking to build a new life in Canada.
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