Canada is the world’s second-largest country with about 38 million inhabitants, covering nearly 10 million square kilometres.
Despite the current travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Canada continues to confidently accept and process express entry applications. In fact, the number of new immigrants in Canada has been determined in the next three years and promised to welcome more than 1.2 million new immigrants by 2023.
The benefits of moving to Canada are clear, it’s a fantastic country with beautiful scenery, a forward-thinking culture and many opportunities.
The Canadian Express Entry System (EE) was launched in January 2015 to enable Canada to meet its future labour market needs in order to maintain long-term economic growth. In 2020, the immigration target was set at 195,800 through federal economic programs (such as the express entry system), and this number is expected to increase significantly later this year. In 2020, Express Entry issued an estimated 91,800 permanent residency Invitations to Apply (ITA), which has exceeded; an impressive 107,950 ITA output.
Below is a breakdown of the 2021 – 2023 Express Entry Immigration targets:
- 2021 – 108,500 ITAs
- 2022 – 110,500 ITAs
- 2023 – 113,750 ITAs
Provisional Nominee Program
The Canadian government has reached an agreement with local provinces to allow them to nominate immigrants who wish to live, settle and work in that particular province, or basically wish to immigrate to Canada.
To obtain a visa through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), candidates must choose the province where they wish to live and then apply for nomination. The provincial government will then review the application based on their immigration and labour needs, while assessing your true intention to settle in the province.
For most provinces, Canadian immigration is not only an important part of promoting the development of the local economy and key sectors, but also an important part of supporting the aging of the population.
Provincial Nomination Programs in Canada
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
- Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
- Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
Please note that Quebec has its own unique immigration selection system and points system, which is also different from other provinces.
Most provinces in Canada have established a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) to speed up immigration processing according to the needs of each province. There are basically two types of PNP procedures. The first is the skilled worker PNP. This program can expedite the processing of skilled workers who obtain professional, or industry job opportunities provided by local provincial companies that meet the local needs of the province. The following may also be requirements for some PNP flows:
- job offers from a local employer.
- work experience in the province/territory; and
- adaptability and familial ties to someone living in the province.
The second type of program is a business immigration program. Most business immigration PNPs allow expedited immigration processing if the applicant does some variation of one of the following in the province:
- establishes a new business
- invests money, or
- enters a joint venture with a local business.