With the gradual shrinking of the country’s workforce, a drained talent pool and an aging population, shortage of skilled workers is one of the greatest economic challenges Canada faces today. A report released by Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) in 2016 predicts that the Canadian economy will create 218,000 technology jobs till 2020, but will lack people to fill them.
Realizing a serious mismatch in the demand and supply of talent, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship started attracting skilled workforce like never before. After a stellar start to the federal immigration since the beginning of this year, it is the time for Canadian provinces to gear up and accept more applications to meet their provincial labor market needs. The provincial nomination remains a great option for people planning to immigrate to Canada.
Provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will supplement the federal government’s goal to welcome a myriad of talented foreign applicants into mainstream employment.
Interestingly, all provincial nomination programs are dynamic in nature – they can start and close as per their requirement and set their own eligibility criteria as the economic environment demands.
Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program
The most sought after province and favorite among immigrants, Ontario has recently reopened its most three popular nomination streams – Human Capital Priorities Stream Express Entry, International Masters Graduate Stream and International Ph.D. Graduate Stream. To further simplify the process, improve customer service and expedite processing times, an online application for submission was also launched. Not surprisingly, these categories were filled up within a short span of time. However, the province has asserted that these streams would be sporadically reopened to fill the target of 6000 applications till the end of 2017.
British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program
The British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program ( BC PNP ) issued 2074 provincial invitations to apply (ITA)since the beginning of the year in all existing six categories – Express Entry BC Skilled Worker, Express Entry BC International Graduate, Skilled Immigration Skilled Worker, Skilled Immigration International Graduate, Skilled Immigration Entry Level & Semi Skilled and BC Entrepreneur Immigration Stream and remains open.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
Manitoba, with a population of 1.28 million, has so far invited 826 skilled applicants this year under its Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) is required to be issued by the province for an Expression of Interest (EOI) made by the candidate.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) was reopened on February 14 to receive 500 new applications under the International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category for a list of 21 in-demand occupations.
The provincial nomination is another gateway for professionals to seek permanent residency in Canada. Due to high volume demand, it is imperative for applicants to prepare their applications in advance for the purpose of submitting the application as soon as particular provincial category reopens.