Data reveals increase of Provincial nominees through Express Entry in Canada last year
June 06, 2018

Data reveals increase of Provincial nominees through Express Entry in Canada last year

As per the fresh release of Express Entry data there is a considerable increase in the number of applicants having the provincial nomination who entered in Canada along with their families in 2017.

Such admissions increased by 75 percent from 7,818 in 2016 to 13,528 in 2017.

The number of applications received by IRCC from Express Entry candidates having the provincial nomination also improved by 32 percent in 2017, from 13,292 in 2016 to 17,520 in 2017.

286,600 fresh PRs received an entry in the country through its various immigration programs. Among them 65,401 principal applicants and their family members were successful through economic immigration programs supervised by the EE system.

The Provincial Nominee Program, permit the participating territories/ provinces to nominate specific candidates for economic immigration seeking permanent residence every year.

EXPRESS ENTRY 2016 Versus 2017:

PNP ITAS and other data

Many provinces and territories have an enhanced PNP nomination stream which is aligned to the EE system that manages the pool of candidates for its three federal economic immigration classes. These are the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Canadian Experience Class. Such candidates who get the nomination of a province or territory also receive 600 additional points in their CRS score. This in turn assures them to get the ITA for PR.

Among the EE candidates receiving additional points besides their core CRS score in 2017, 22 percent had the provincial nomination. Ontario is a favourite destination

Three provinces New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia were the popular destination having a good increase in admissions of applicants with a provincial nomination and welcoming the family members as fresh PRs in 2017.

Newfoundland and Labrador 3 8
 Nova Scotia 1,410 1,851
Prince Edward Island 426 740
New Brunswick 367 1,249
Quebec 0* 0*
Ontario 1,948 4,420
Manitoba 99 47
 Saskatchewan 1,678 2,154
Alberta 0 2
British Columbia 1,877 3,019
Yukon 0 6
Northwest Territories 10 32
Nunavut 0 0
TOTAL 7,818 13,528

Ontario had impressive numbers showing the increase in such admissions from 1,948 to 4,420.

Express Entry candidates of Ontario nomination were 12 percent of the 36,087 people who immigrated here as new PRs through all Express Entry categories in 2017. Its total admissions showed an increase of 190 per cent from 2016.

New Brunswick had a huge increase of 240 percent in new PRs taking admission through Express Entry with a provincial nomination in 2017.

In British Columbia, 1,142 new permanent residents arrived through Express Entry with a provincial nomination in 2017.

This category represents 24 percent of the 12,401 people who entered British Columbia as PRs in all EE programs in 2017. Overall, such candidates and their family members, who entered Canada, and had BC as their destination, in 2017 had an increase of 50 percent in 2016. Provincial nominations actually are a fast-track to seek PR. They have received prominence among the candidates because the federal government decreased the CRS points for a job offer. With this only the provincial nomination provided the additional factor to get 600 points.

Some PNP streams linked to Express Entry do not need minimum CRS for eligibility. This allows candidates who do not score enough to meet the cut-off for invitation rounds to seek PR.

Furthermore, not all streams of PNP need previous Canadian study/job offer. IRCC statistics show that 64.7 percent immigrants entering the PNP between 2010 and 2015 were actually temporary residents in the past. This shows that one third provincial nominees were overseas candidates.

The data for 2017 also shows that the number of ITAs received by candidates living out of Canada increased between 2016 and 2017, from 36 percent to 51 percent.

Applications increase

The number of PR applications of Express Entry candidates having a provincial nomination increased in 2017,  from 13,292 in 2016 to 17,520 in 2017.

Newfoundland and Labrador 10 30
 Nova Scotia 2,135 2,253
Prince Edward Island 871 410
New Brunswick 1,076 1,666
Quebec 0* 0*
Ontario 3,254 8,394
Manitoba 60 24
 Saskatchewan 3,185  1,264
Alberta 2 0
British Columbia 2,672 3,445
Yukon 2 12
Northwest Territories 25 15
Nunavut 0 0
TOTAL 13,292 17,520

This growth happened because applications from EE candidates with a nomination from Ontario increased from 3,254 in 2016 to 8,394 in 2017. Ontario had 72,993 out of 109,497 candidates preferring it as a destination.

IRCC says that the cause of increase in applications from PNP candidates in 2017 was the result of provincial nominations issued in the end of 2016 who submitted their applications in the following year.

ITAs issued to provincial nominees in 2017, were 8,732 compared to 8,798 in 2016.

There are indications that the numbers will increase soon. Many provinces introduced or are likely to introduce new streams in 2018 and others have improved their existing streams.

In 2017, Canada had an admission target in the PNP worth 51,000. The federal government has a multi-year levels immigration plan for 2018-2020, where the PNPs must grow annually by 11 percent.

Year Low High Target Target Increase
2017 49,000 54,000 51,000
2018 53,000 57,400 55,000 4,000 (8%)
2019 57,000 61,000 55,000 6,000 (11%)
2020 62,000 68,500 67,800 6,800 (11%)

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