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Provincial nominees increased through Express Entry



A substantial increase in the number of applicants with a provincial nomination who applied Canada together with their families in 2017. The data show admissions of Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination and their accompanying family members rose from 7,818 in 2016 to 13,528 in 2017, an increase of nearly 75% .

The number of applications that IRCC received from Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination also rose significantly in 2017, from 13,292 in 2016 to 17,520 in 2017 — an increase of nearly 32 %. Canada admitted more than 286,600 new permanent residents through its various immigration programs in 2017. Of that number, 65,401 principal applicants and their family members were admitted through economic immigration programs managed by the federal Express Entry system.

Most Canadian provinces and territories have at least one “enhanced” PNP nomination stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. Express Entry candidates nominated by a Canadian province or territory receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively assuring them of an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Ontario top province of destination:

Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia were the destination provinces that saw the more notable increases in admissions of Express Entry applicants with a provincial nomination and their family members as new permanent residents in 2017. Ontario’s increase in such admissions was the most impressive in terms of sheer numbers, more than doubling from 1,948 to 4,420.

New Brunswick posted the biggest percentage increase in new permanent residents admitted through Express Entry with a provincial nomination in 2017, growing from 367 in 2016 to 1,249 in 2017 — an increase of 240 per cent.

British Columbia, meanwhile, experienced a year-over-year increase of 1,142 new permanent residents who came through Express Entry with a provincial nomination in 2017 (3,019 in 2017 vs 1,877 in 2016).

Provincial nominations are seen as a fast-track to Canadian permanent residence and have attained new prominence with Express Entry candidates since the federal government reduced the number of CRS points awarded for a Canadian job offer, which left a provincial nomination the only additional factor to award 600 points.

There are, however, indications that this number could soon increase. A number of provinces have introduced or are expected to introduce new Express Entry streams this year while others have innovated how they use their existing Express Entry streams.

In 2017, Canada’s admission target for the PNP was 51,000. Under the federal government’s 2018-2020 multi-year levels immigration plan, PNPs are slated to grow by 11 per cent annually over the three years, for a total increase of nearly 33 per cent in admissions.