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Manitoba invites 360 skilled workers and international grads

Skilled foreign workers and international graduates were the focus of Manitoba’s most recent Expression of Interest draw.

Details of the August 15 draw, which were published only recently, show the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued a total of 360 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its Skilled Worker in Manitoba and Skilled Worker Overseas pathways and the International Education Stream.

Of the 360 LAAs issued, 32 went to candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

The MPNP allows Manitoba to nominate eligible foreign nationals for Canadian permanent residence who have skills required by local employers.

Last year saw the MPNP issue a record 5,207 nominations, with 98 per cent going to candidates in its two skilled worker categories.

Skilled Worker in Manitoba
A total of 241 LAAs went to candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, which provides a pathway to permanent residence for qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent position with an eligible employer.

Skilled Worker in Manitoba candidates must register an expression of interest profile online and provide information on their education, work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other details. The profiles of eligible candidates are given a score out of 1,000 and placed in the Manitoba Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.

The lowest-ranked candidate invited through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream had a score of 542.

Skilled Worker Overseas
A total of 83 candidates in the Skilled Worker Overseas category were also invited in the latest draw.

Skilled Worker Overseas candidates issued LAAs in this draw were invited under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative, which include overseas recruitment missions organized by the MPNP in association with Manitoba employers.

Like the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, Skilled Worker Overseas candidates must complete an Expression of Interest and meet the stream’s minimum requirements.

The lowest-scoring Skilled Worker Overseas candidate in this draw had an EOI score of 685.

Candidates in the federal Express Entry system who were invited were required to have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code along with verifiable experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations List.

International Education Stream
The International Education Stream (IES) is for Manitoba graduates who fit the province’s labour market needs.

There are three subcategories in this stream: Career Employment Pathway, Graduate Internship Pathway, and the Student Entrepreneur Pathway.

The MPNP issued 36 LAAs to International Education Stream candidates in the August 15 draw.

Manitoba has now issued a total of 5,810 invitations so far this year in 16 EOI draws.

Prince Edward Island’s latest draw issues 143 Express Entry, Labour and Business invitations

The Government of Prince Edward Island sent out 143 invitations to Expression of Interest candidates in the Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories of its Provincial Nominee Program.

The 143 invitations were broken down as follows:

  • 133 Express Entry and Labour Impact
  • 10 Business Impact

The PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is linked to the federal Express Entry system and allows the province to nominate Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class candidates for permanent residence.

Candidates who obtain a nomination from the province are awarded 600 additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

PEI’s Labour Impact category is for foreign nationals with a valid job offer in the province and support from a PEI employer. Candidates in this category may fall under three possible streams: Skilled WorkerCritical Worker and International Graduate. The Labour Impact program is not tied to Express Entry.

The Province also issued 10 invitations to Business Impact candidates with a minimum score of 112 on the program’s points system, under the Work Permit Stream.

Everyone who wants to be considered for a provincial nomination through the Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories must first submit an Expressions of Interest (EOI). Eligible candidates in each category are entered into a pool and assigned a score based on the answers provided in their EOI.

An EOI is not an application but rather a way of notifying the PEI PNP that you would like to be considered for a provincial nomination.

The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply through monthly draws from each pool.

The August 15 Express Entry draw saw 15 more invitations than the previous draw on July 18, when 118 invitations were sent out.

The July 18 draw sent out a total of 17 invitations with a minimum score of 112, which has remained consistent since the previous draw on June 20.

Community consultations underway for proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot

A proposed regional immigration pilot that would bring skilled foreign workers to rural and smaller communities in Ontario could become a reality in 2020, the province’s government says. 

In an update published this week, Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade said its staff will work with stakeholders in selected communities to assess interest in the proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot and to gather information about “existing community immigrant attraction and retention efforts.”

The update doesn’t name the communities involved in the consultations.

The communities are described as “a geographically and culturally diverse sample” and the government says they were targeted for their population size of 20,000 to 200,000 people, the presence of newcomer settlement infrastructures such as language and settlement services, and unnamed “economic characteristics.”

The government says the consultations will allow it to determine both local interest and capacity for participation in the pilot, which would be administered by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

“Final selection of pilot communities would be based on data analysis, along with the results of engagement with communities,” the update reads.

No details were provided for when the selected communities would be unveiled or how interested immigration candidates could eventually apply.

Regional pilots: a Canadian trend

The Government of Ontario says it would play a supporting role in the community-led efforts to attract skilled labour.

“An Ontario pilot would specifically target the needs of Ontario communities and explore how to better regionalize the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to better support Ontario employers in smaller communities,” the government said, adding the proposed pilot would not duplicate the federal government’s new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Six communities in Northern Ontario have been selected to take part in the federal pilot, which works with smaller rural and remote communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia attract foreign workers of various skill levels and provide them with permanent residence.

These pilots and others such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) and British Columbia’s Regional Entrepreneur Pilot address the fact many rural and smaller communities across Canada are faced with ageing populations and the outflow of younger, working-age residents to larger urban centres.

The proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot follows calls by organizations in Northern Ontario for a program along the lines of the employer-driven Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which allows employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island — to hire foreign nationals for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

Saskatchewan holds new draws for Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates

Saskatchewan issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to 426 candidates in its Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories in a draw held June 6.

A total of 342 candidates in the Occupation In-Demand sub-category received invitations in this draw and the remaining 84 went to Express Entry candidates.

In order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence through either sub-category, the first step is to register an Expression of Interest with the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, or SINP.

The SINP allows Saskatchewan to nominate eligible foreign workers for Canadian permanent residence through a number of categories tailored to its various economic and labour market needs.

The SINP’s Express Entry sub-category is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, which is Canada’s principal source of skilled foreign labour.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Both the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories require work experience in one of 19 occupations listed as in-demand in Saskatchewan, among other criteria.

Express Entry candidates who would like to be considered through the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category must register a separate Expression of Interest with the SINP.

An Expression of Interest details a candidate’s education, work experience, proficiency in English or French, among other factors, and awards them a score out of 100 points based on the information provided.

The highest-scoring candidates in both the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand pools are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.

The cut-off score in the June 6 draws was 75 for both sub-categories, which was a seven-point decrease from the previous invitation rounds held May 15.

So far in 2019, the SINP has issued 898 invitations to Express Entry candidates and 1,196 to Occupation In-Demand candidates.

University of Regina: New IELTS requirements for Indian students

Please be advised that there has been a recent change in the English requirement for students from India.

As of October 1st, 2018students from India must meet the general ELP (English Language Proficiency) requirements to obtain final acceptance to the University of Regina. The general ELP requirements can be found here on the University’s official website.

Please rest assured that if a student does not have the English qualifications, you can still apply. In that case, the International Enrolment Services office will issue a conditional letter of acceptance if the student is academically admissible. Once the student meets the English requirement, they will need to provide proof of English Proficiency in order to obtain a final letter of acceptance.