Manitoba and Prince Edward Island hold draws for Provincial Nomination

Manitoba and Prince Edward Island have issued over 100 invitations to apply in the recent held draw.

Invitations to apply have been issued by Manitoba and Prince Edward Island to candidates through the Provincial Nominee Programs in this week.

Most of the provinces and territories of Canada (except and Quebec and Nunavut) run their own provincial nominee program. Through these provincial nominee programs, an interested candidate may get invitation to apply for the provincial nomination. Achieving a provincial nomination can be favorable toward achieving a permanent residence.

Quebec’s immigration programs get directed by the province and are different from other Canadian immigration programs. Quebec is the only province of Canada that operates overall economic class immigrants.

The Provincial Nominee Program accounts for over 105,000 Permanent Resident admissions each year. It started in the year 1998 and the annual number of PNP admissions has since grown continuously. Both federal government and provincial government of Canada take it as a significant tool to encourage the economic development outsides of urban centers.

NOC 2021

The announcement of the NOC 2021 means that the Canadian provinces will hold fewer draws as they are adapting the eligibility criteria for their provincial nominee programs to be congruent with the updated system.

Recently, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada changed to use a new version of the NOC 2021 (National Occupation Classification). As a consequence, the Canadian provinces are adapting their internal system to assist new eligibility criteria.

This created a slowdown in the Provincial Nominee Program draws:

For instance, up to October 12, the province of British Columbia hold on draws through the BCPNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program) weekly but has yet to restart draws.

Lately, British Columbia has made great changes to its point allotment system. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program provincial score system operates just like the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) of Express Entry.

Particularly, points are removed for NOC (National Occupation Class) skill levels. The National Occupation Class system is the chief way for Canada to classify the jobs and has recently shifted to a TEER classification.

  • As a consequence, the number of points allotted to human capital (skills, experience, education, and competencies of the candidate) and economic factors (job offer, income, district of employment) of candidate has expanded;
  • Extra points are added for professional designations and language proficiency in both English and French.
  • Additional points have been added for past work or study experience outside of metropolitan Vancouver.


518 candidates were invited by the province of Manitoba under the MPNP (Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program). To get an Invitation to apply, the candidate should meet all the eligibility criteria certain to their program. In total Manitoba invited:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba issued 177 invitations with a minimum score of 616
  • Skilled Workers Overseas issued 143 invitations with a minimum score of 703
  • International Education Stream issued 198 invitations with no score requirement.

Out of all the invited candidates, 125 candidates have their profiles in the Express Entry system.

Manitoba will continue to process all the Expression of Interest (EOI) acquired before November 16 under the NOC 2016. EOIs received on or after November 16 will get analyzed under NOC 2021.

Prince Edward Island

A total of 141 candidates were invited by the Prince Edward Island on November 17, through the Labour and Express Entry streams and 8 candidates receive invitations through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur streams. A total of 149 invitations were issued and the candidates from the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur stream need a minimum score of 62.

A total of 39 candidates were also invited on November 3, by the Prince Edward Island through the Labour and Express Entry stream.

The Express Entry candidates who wish to receive a nomination from the Prince Edward Island have to submit a distinct EOI (Expression of Interest) to the Prince Edward Island PNP.

The EOI profiles of the candidates always acquire a score on the basis of PEI’s points grid and, just like the Express Entry CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), the highest-ranking candidates receives an ITA through the monthly held draws.