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British Columbia holds latest Provincial Nomination draws as PNPs slow

The only Canadian Province to conduct a general or targeted draw in the last week is British Columbia.

The BCPNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program) on November 28th held a general and targeted draw.

The province of British Columbia issued 253 ITAs (invitations to apply) for the general candidates and a minimum of 75 invitations to apply to the targeted professions.

Every Canadian province (except Nunavut and Quebec) runs its own PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs). The provincial nominee program is an economic immigration path to Canada through which foreign skilled talents get nominated by the provincial government to immigrate to the specific province and meet labor needs.

The Provincial Nominee Program has been a big hit to Canada’s immigration programs. The PNP can surpass the Express Entry administered program by 2024; as the principal and the most renowned economic immigration pathway for overseas skilled to Canada.

Provincial Nomination Draw Results: November 28th – Dec 2nd

British Columbia was the only Canadian province to held PNP draw this week and issued over 300 ITAs with diverse CRS cut-offs per stream. The BCPNP pulls out across all the streams of BCPNP, which consists of:

  • Skilled Worker;
  • Skilled Worker-EEBC Option;
  • International Graduate;
  • International Graduate-EEBC option; and
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker streams.

Furthermore, British Columbia also conducted a targeted draw under these streams for specified professions in which the province has labor requirements. These are:

  • Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202);
  • Healthcare workers;
  • Healthcare assistants (NOC 33102); and
  • Other priority occupations, particularly Veterinarians (NOC 31103) and Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (NOC 32104).

The total details of the draw, comprising the minimum CRS score for every stream:

DateStreamNumber of InvitationsMinimum ScoreDescription 
28th of November 2022Skilled Worker253105General draw (includes tech occupations) 
Skilled Worker – EEBC option105  
International Graduate105 
International Graduate – EEBC option105 
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled82 
28th of November 2022Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)4960Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202) 
Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option)2460Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless specified below) 
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled<560Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 33102) 
Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)<560Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 31103, 32104)

In the previous two weeks, only one PNP draw got held. The end of the year has brought a slowdown in activity there was one significant policy change that has hugely impacted economic-based immigration to Canada: an update of the NOC (National Occupation Classification) codes.

Canada altered from the 2016 NOC to the updated 2021 NOC codes on the 16th of November. While these modifications are mainly for classification purposes, it is a compulsion to notice that 16 new occupations got added to the Express Entry eligibility list.

NOCs are the main factors that classify the jobs for economic immigration, they impact both the Express Entry managed systems and the PNPs (British Columbia, for example, lately modified their scoring system as per the new NOCs).

Since the change of NOC took place on November 16th, only three draws got held (including the above November 28th draw). It is possible that once the provinces adjust their programs to the new classifications and added job titles, PNPs will start operating more regularly.

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