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British Columbia was a consistent province aiming for immigration in 2018. Moreover, it conducted a draw in every week leaving only the last week. Additionally its Provincial Nominee Program focused on five streams. Of these, two catered to skilled workers, and two for global graduates, and the final one for workers at entry level/semi-skilled.

Features of the Program

It commenced in 2017, but had success in 2018. The province invites candidates regularly in its 29 target occupations. It also gives a priority to candidates who have experience and skills in an occupation using the existing immigration streams.  Moreover it is an exclusive provincial program which attracts technology professionals. In November the province launched a new stream for Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot. It has an aim to attract business immigrants to serve in rural areas. The aim of this two-year pilot is to attract overseas entrepreneurs for starting a business, and create sufficient jobs. They can also settle in small communities of the province which have a population below 75,000. There is coordination with the existing Entrepreneur Stream, which conducted monthly draws in 2018.


Ontario changed its approach recently and now has a focus on its provincial program. It is also fulfilling federal government quotas. The OINP was productive and conducted many draws in 2018, in its French Speaking Skilled Worker stream, Human Capital Priorities, Skilled Trades as well as in Entrepreneur streams. Presently it is accepting the new TCF French language test, which has the ratification of the federal government.


The MPNP completed 20 Years of existence.  It had a great contribution to the GDP growth. Moreover, 90% of its Provincial Nominees get an employment within the first year. It also retains almost 90% Provincial Nominees. Its investment through MPNP Business nominees was $308 million.


The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program made a transition to EOI for skilled worker streams in 2018. These are now submitted in a pool, and there are regular draws for the top scoring profiles. It also featured Entrepreneur draws.


The launching of a fresh Alberta Express Entry stream was successful.  It conducted seven draws in 2018. Moreover, it reached its nomination allocation for 2018 during December.


The Nova Scotia Nominee Program launched two new immigration streams. The first was Physician Stream targeting doctors specifically. Officials went to Europe on recruitment missions regularly throughout the year. Secondly it launched an Express Entry Labor Market Priorities stream, targeting Early Childhood Educators.


It closed the Skilled Worker with Family Support Stream but the Entrepreneurial, Express Entry Stream, and Skilled Worker with Employer Support Streams are operational. In 2019, it will focus on the Express Entry that is open to candidates who meet its specific requirements.


It successfully launched a new Expression of Interest system exclusively for immigration of skilled workers and businessmen. It also conducted Regular draws throughout the year and made a transition to EOI.


The province made the addition of International Graduate Entrepreneur and International Entrepreneur streams. It is also using the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and has designated 173 employers in the regional program. It operates with the cooperation of the federal government. With these, we can look forward to the New Year and expect to attract many immigrants for the progress of the country. Please contact us for all details.

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