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British Columbia invites 168 candidates to apply for provincial nomination over two Tech Pilot draws

British Columbia held two Tech Pilot draws this month, inviting a total of 168 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The first British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draw took place on February 4. A total of 85 invitations were issued to tech workers in the Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC categories.

The second Tech Pilot draw was held on February 11. There were 83 invitations issued to immigration candidates.

In both draws, all candidates needed a minimum provincial score of 90.

The Tech Pilot is B.C.’s fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students.

In order to be eligible for this program, candidates need a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of 29 eligible occupations.

Candidates who are applying for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and given a score based on their level of education, work experience, English proficiency, and location of employment.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

 

BC PNP Draw Results

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
February 11, 2020 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 83
EEBC – International Graduate 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
February 4, 2020 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 85
EEBC – International Graduate 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90

Latest Express Entry draw issues 3,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence

A total of 3,500 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply on February 5.

Candidates in the federal Express Entry pool needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 472 in order to qualify.

B.C. Tech Pilot draw issues 31 invitations

British Columbia invited 31 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on December 31.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw selected candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.

Selected candidates were from either the Skilled Worker or the International Graduate subcategories and were required to have a minimum provincial score of 90.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students. It operates through B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams.

In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

Learn more about the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

BC PNP Draw Results — December 31, 2019

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
December 31, 2019 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 31
EEBC – International Graduate 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – International Graduate 90

BC PNP selects 52 in latest Tech Pilot draw

British Columbia’s latest Tech Pilot draw invited 52 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on December 23.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited candidates in the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.

Selected candidates were from either the Skilled Worker or the International Graduate subcategories and were required to have a minimum provincial score of 90.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students. It operates through B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams.

In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to have a valid job offer in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations. The position must be at least one year in duration and have no less than 120 calendar days remaining at the time of the application.

Those who wish to apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

Learn more about the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

BC PNP Draw Results — December 23, 2019

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
December 23, 2019 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 52
EEBC – International Graduate 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – International Graduate 90

Quebec needs 80,000 immigrants per year, not 50,000

To sustain a strong economy, Quebec needs almost twice as many immigrants as it is currently targeting. 

In recent years, Canada’s second-largest province has welcomed around 50,000 immigrants annually, ranking second behind Ontario.

On a per capita basis, however, Quebec’s newcomer intake ranked sixth among Canada’s provinces and territories.

The province’s decision last year to reduce its newcomer intake to a maximum of 41,800 in 2019 under the auspices of seeking to improve newcomer integration means that Quebec has fallen even further behind.

The timing of this policy is inopportune.

Quebec is aging faster than the national average

As a recent Conference Board of Canada study shows, Quebec is aging faster than the national average and its birth rate is low.

These demographic realities may hurt the quality of life of Quebecers as they will constrain economic growth and the tax revenues needed for funding the social services Quebecers enjoy such as health care, education and subsidized daycare.

The study forecasts that Quebec will have more deaths than births by 2028. This is not expected to happen at the national level until 2034, which means that Quebec must identify how to grow its population with a greater sense of urgency than most other provinces and territories.

Immigration is the most realistic solution to fuel population growth. Attempts to promote higher birth rates in western countries have not demonstrated much success and Quebec is evidence of this. Despite its universal daycare program, Quebec’s birth rate remains as low as the national average.

Consequently, the Conference Board of Canada study projects that 100 per cent of Quebec’s population growth will come through immigration by 2023 (compared with 2034 at the national level).

Lower levels may hurt Quebec’s attractiveness to business

Last week, the province announced that it will increase its 2020 immigration target to a maximum of 44,500 newcomers, and could restore immigration to the 50,000 threshold by 2022.

But these levels remain too low in light of the province’s demographic circumstances. If it sustained this level of immigration between now and 2040, its economy would only grow by about 1.4 per cent annually in real terms compared with the forecasted Canadian average of 1.9 per cent.

Quebec’s lower immigration targets will now slow population growth — and that could have negative economic consequences.

For instance, businesses could choose to invest in other provinces with stronger population growth since those jurisdictions will have more available workers to produce and consume goods and services. Why invest in a province with weak population and economic growth when others such as neighbouring Ontario will enjoy higher rates of growth thanks in part to immigration?

Why Quebec needs 80,000 newcomers annually

Quebec’s economic growth would strengthen to an average of 1.7 per cent over the next two decades if it welcomed its proportionate share of newcomers, as it is eligible to do under the Canada-Quebec Accord. This federal-provincial agreement enables Quebec to admit a percentage share of immigrants in proportion to its demographic weight in Canada.

Given Quebec’s population size today, this means it can welcome at least 23 per cent of Canada’s immigrants each year, or around 75,000 newcomers.

If Canada continues to increase its immigration level, and if Quebec exercised its prerogative under the Accord, the province would be on track to welcome over 80,000 newcomers annually moving forward.

This number may sound high, but on a per capita basis, most provinces are already welcome this rate of immigration today.

Economic integration is improving

Although Quebec’s decision to reduce levels was based on the rationale of improving the social and economic integration of newcomers, Statistics Canada data shows that economic integration in the province has been improving in recent years.

Immigrant participation and employment rates, as well as their wages, have gone up, while their unemployment rates have gone down.

Quebec’s demographic challenges should help to further these positive developments. The scarcity of labour in the province will likely benefit both Canadian-born and immigrant workers.

Moreover, numerous reforms made by Quebec over the years such as the introduction of its online Arrima expression of interest system will likely result in continued positive economic integration outcomes.

Every province pursues policies that it genuinely believes is in the best interests of promoting higher living standards for its citizens. Given its rapidly aging population and low birth rate, Quebec would serve the best interests of its citizens by exercising its right under the Canada-Quebec Accord to welcome immigrants at intake levels that match those of its provincial peers.