Canada remains the most welcoming country for a migrant.
Grappling with a low birth rate on one hand and an aging population on the other, Canada looks upon immigration as holding the key to fixing a part of the imminent labour shortage problem.
That immigrants play a significant role in the Canadian demographics can be gauged from certain interesting statistics–
|High demand for immigrants in the healthcare sector in Canada|
|Canada: Immigrants account for 33% of all business owners|
|500,000 immigrants working in Canada are trained in STEM fields|
|More than 1 out of every 4 workers in the food and beverage sector are immigrants|
In 2021, Canada has a target of welcoming 401,000 newcomers to the country. A majority [108,500] of such newcomers will be through the economic immigration programs –
managed by the federal government of Canada through the Express Entry system.
With over 80 Canada immigration pathways available, the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada also has various ‘streams’ aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
The PNP target stands at 80,800 for 2021.
Quebec, the only Canadian province that is not a part of the PNP, plans on the induction of 47,500 immigrants in 2021.
Here, we shall see all the draws – federal and provincial – conducted by Canada in February 2021.
[I] Federal Draws in February 2021
February 2021 was notable in the fact that the largest draw in the history of the Express Entry system was held this month.
A record 27,332 invitations were issued in a single draw by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] in Express Entry Draw #176.
No all-program Express Entry draw was held this month.
Express Entry Draws held in February 2021 – 2
Total ITAs issued by IRCC in February 2021 – 27,986
|Sl. No.||Draw No.||Invited||Date of Draw||CRS cut-off||ITAs issued||For details|
|1||#175||PNP||February 10, 2021||CRS 720||654||Express Entry: 654 PNP candidates invited in the latest draw|
|2||#176||CEC||February 13, 2021||CRS 75||27,332||Express Entry: A historic 27,332 invited in a single draw|
[II] Provincial Draws in February 2021
Each of the provincial pathways to Canada PR specifically targets a specific class of immigrants.
For those seeking Canada immigrationthrough the PNP route, a pre-requisite would be to have a clear intention of settling within that particular province or territory after being granted their Canada PR.
Nominations secured under any of the Express Entry lined PNP streams are ‘enhanced’ nominations that can be applied to electronically. Other PNP streams have a paper-based application process instead.
A provincial nomination fetches an Express Entry candidate 600 additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score.
Hence, a PNP nomination is a guarantee of the individual being invited by IRCC in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
[A] By Quebec
No draw was held by Quebec in February 2021.
[B] Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] invitations in February 2021
Number of PNP invitations issued, by province –
|PNP Province/Territory||Total invitations in January 2021||Total invitations in February 2021|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||0||0|
|Nova Scotia||Not disclosed||0|
|Prince Edward Island||211||121|
Details of the PNP draws held in February 2021 –
|PROVINCE / TERRITORY||CATEGORY / STREAM||STATUS||DRAW INFORMATION|
|Alberta||Express Entry||2 draws||· February 16 – invitations issued: 159 [minimum score required: CRS 352]|
· February 10 – invitations issued: 200 [minimum score required: CRS 301]
|British Columbia||Skills Immigration [SI], Express Entry BC [EEBC], Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]||6 draws||·||· February 23– invitations issued: 87 [Tech Pilot draw]|
· February 16 – invitations issued: 459
· February 16 – invitations issued:35 [invitations only to NOC 0621 and NOC 0631]
· February 9 – invitations issued: 74 [Tech Pilot draw]
· February 2 – invitations issued: 208
· February 2 – [EI] invitations issued: 8
|Manitoba||Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas||2 draws||·||· February 26 [EOI Draw #109] – invitations issued 207 [includes 5 Express Entry candidates]|
· February 12 [EOI Draw #108] – invitations issued: 296 [includes 20 Express Entry candidates]
|New Brunswick||Express Entry||No update for this month||Postponed|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Express Entry & Other Program||No update For this month||No invitations issued so far this year|
A new stream – Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador – launched in January 2021.
|Nova Scotia||Express Entry||No draw held||–|
|Ontario||Human Capital Priorities [HCP]||2 draws held||· February 16 – invitations issued: 1,186|
· February 2 – invitations issued: 283
|Prince Edward Island||Labour & Express Entry, Business Work Permit||1 draw held||February 18 – total invitations: 121|
|Saskatchewan||Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand||2 draws held||·||· February 25 – total invitations: 299|
· February 11 – total invitations: 541
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