British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Manitoba invite applicants to PCP draws


Posted September 17, 2022 8:00 a.m. EDT

British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Manitoba released their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) results this week.

After its launch in 1998, the PNP welcomed only 400 immigrants, but thanks to its success, it now welcomes more than 80,000 a year. The increase in the number of admissions to the PNP in Canada is explained by the fact that the federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool to promote the economic development of the country.

Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PCPs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Although provincial designation is not in itself the same thing as permanent residence, it can be the first step towards maximizing your CRS score and obtaining permanent resident status.

For example, PNP applicants with Express Entry profiles who receive a nomination get 600 points added to their score. They also become eligible to be invited to apply for a series of PNP-specific invitations.

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PNP Results September 9-16

Prince Edward Island

On September 15, Prince Edward Island invited 142 candidates through the Work and Express Entry streams as well as five through the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur streams for a total of 147 invitations issued.

Express Entry candidates who wish to be nominated by PEI. must submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the PEI PCP.

EOI profiles receive a score based on the PEI points grid. and, like the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), top-ranked candidates are invited to apply through monthly draws.

Prince Edward Island holds monthly draws as part of the PEI PCP.


Manitoba invited 9 candidates on September 14 under the Special Immigration Measures* – Ukraine program.

The program was created in response to the current crisis in Ukraine and resulting refugees and operates in partnership with IRCC’s response, the Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET).

To be eligible for this program under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, applicants must meet a number of criteria. Expressions of Interest by MPNP are only issued to those who:

  • are a citizen of Ukraine
  • have a minimum of CLB 4 in each language band
  • have established a connection to MB (close relative, family type, community, previous employment or education in Manitoba)
  • have a valid language test
  • obtain at least 60 points according to the evaluation criteria of the MPNP

British Columbia

On September 13, British Columbia invited over 290 candidates to apply under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). British Columbia generally holds a provincial raffle each week.

The majority of applicants, 227, were invited through a general lottery that included tech professions. Unlike last week’s draw, this draw did not specifically target candidates outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District.

Invitations were sent to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories and included Express Entry candidates. The draw also included entry-level and semi-skilled applicants. Minimum SIRS scores ranged from 78 to 120.

SIRS acts much like Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), but is only used for BC PNP.

The province also held targeted invitation rounds for candidates working in the following occupations:

  • 27 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points.
  • 12 Healthcare workers with scores of at least 60 points.
  • Health worker: health assistants with scores of at least 60 points
  • Other priority professions with scores of at least 60 points.


Saskatchewan invited a total of 326 candidates on September 15. The draws targeted a variety of in-demand occupations from the NOC and through the Express Entry system. ‘

The 273 candidates who received Expressions of Interest through the Occupation-in-Demand category, as well as the 53 invited through Express Entry, achieved minimum scores of 60.

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