Immigration matters to Canada.
Grappling with an aging population on one hand and a low birth rate on the other, Canada faces a significant gap in the labour force.
Immigration is looked upon as being one of the ways of fixing the gap in the Canadian labour force.
Both the federal governmental as well as the provincial/territorial governments in Canada require immigrants. However, the screening of potential migrants is as per the unique requirements of the government concerned.
Launched in 2015, the Express Entry system is an online application management system used by the federal government of Canada.
3 of the main economic immigration programs of Canada are managed through the Express Entry system by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].
401,000 are to be welcomed by Canada in 2021. Around 60% of these are to be economic immigrants.
108,500 are to gain their Canadian permanent residence through IRCC Express Entry.
80,800 will gain permanent residence in Canada through the provincial route, that is, the immigration pathway that leads to Canada PR through the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].
|Why immigration matters to Canada?|
|Immigrants contribute to the Canadian economy, as well as create jobs for Canadians.|
It is mainly due to immigration that Canada’s labour force continues to grow, a small amount each year. Employers in Canada are unable to find sufficient number of qualified workers locally to fill the jobs available.
Canadians are living longer and having fewer children. Hence, while the number of individuals retiring is more, there are comparatively fewer students in schools.
Immigrants contribute to the Canadian economy by –
· filling gaps in the labour force,
· paying taxes, and
· spending money on goods, housing and transportation.
9 provinces and 2 territories in Canada are a part of the Canadian PNP.
Many provincial draws were held in July 2021 under the PNP.
Quebec, the only Canadian province not a part of the PNP, held no draws in July 2021. Provincial draws by Quebec are also referred to as Arrima draws.
Invitations issued by Ontario are of 2 kinds –  under the Expression of Interest [EOI] system, and  Notification of Interest [NOI] letters.
Ontario PNP has announced an Expression of Interest [EOI] system for 5 OINP streams. While 3 of these are open, the other 2 are to be launched by the OINP in the near future.
Number of PNP invitations issued in 2021, by provinces part of the PNP
|PNP Province/Territory||January 2021||February 2021||March 2021|| April 2021|
|May 2021||June 2021||July 2021|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nova Scotia||Not disclosed||43||Not disclosed||0||0||0||0|
|Prince Edward Island||211||121||150||156||155||113||127|
PNP draws held in July 2021 –
|Province/Territory||Category/Stream||Status||Information of draw[s]|
|Alberta||Express Entry||1 draw held||July 14 – invitations issued: 181|
July 27 – invitations issued: 148
|British Columbia||Skills Immigration [SI], Express Entry BC [EEBC]||6 draws held||July 27 – Tech draw – invitations issued: 59|
July 20 – invitations issued: 323
July 20 – invitations issued: 60
[only to NOC 0621, NOC 0631]
July 13 – Tech draw – invitations issued: 56
July 6 – invitations issued: 342
July 6 – invitations issued: 45
[only to NOC 0621, NOC 0631]
|Manitoba||Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas||2 draws held||July 29 [EOI Draw #123] – invitations issued: 375|
July 27 [EOI Draw #122] – invitations issued: 1,140
July 9 [EOI Draw #121] – invitations issued: 277
|New Brunswick||Express Entry||No update for this month||–|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Express Entry & Other Programs||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||Labour Market Priorities, Express Entry Express Entry & Other Programs||No update for this month||–|
|Ontario||Human Capital Priorities [HCP] Stream, French-Speaking Skilled Worker [FSSW] stream,|
Employer Job Offer [EJO]: In-Demand Skills, EJO: International Student stream, EJO: Foreign Worker stream, Entrepreneur stream
|9 draws held||July 27 – HCP draw – invitations issued: 1,031|
July 21 – FSSW draw – invitations issued: 115
July 15 – EJO: In-Demand Skills EOI [2 draws] – total invitations: 55
July 13 – EJO: International Student & EJO: Foreign Worker EOI [4 draws] – total invitations: 1,685
July 7 – Entrepreneur Stream – invitations issued: 21
|Prince Edward Island [PEI]||Labour & Express Entry, Business Work Permit||1 draw held||July 15 – invitations issued: 127|
The next draw is to be on August 19, as per PEI PNP draw schedule for 2021.
|Saskatchewan||Express Entry, Occupation In-Demand||2 draws held||July 21 – invitations issued: 280|
July 8 – invitations issued: 295
|PNP Highlights in July 2021|
|· British Columbia PNP – Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category: New registrations temporarily paused|
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