Information on COVID-19 and Immigration to Canada
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Canada's provinces keep inviting immigration candidates. These are skilled workers already residing in the provinces or workers outside Canada with a job offer from a Canadian employer.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 81 candidates on May 11. Since this was a job offer-specific immigration draw, candidates needed an employment agreement in healthcare and skilled trades occupations. The cut-off score was 31. Among invited foreign workers are registered nurses, family doctors, pharmacists, electricians, carpenters, roofers, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, machine fitters, etc.

Healthcare professionals and foreigners with experience in trades skills are in great demand. Factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic and aging population negatively affect the workforce strength across Canada. Immigrants partially help support the Canadian economy by moving into this country and applying their skills and knowledge in different industries. So immigration programs are not limited to high-skilled talent only but skilled trades workers too. And, the Ontario immigration draw is an example of such a necessity and comprehensive approach towards future newcomers. No matter work experience and educational background, everyone has a chance to be nominated for Canadian permanent residence.


The Manitoba immigration draw

On May 6, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) held the immigration draw. The province issued 150 invitations to temporary foreign workers and international graduates with job offers in the province.

104 invitations with a minimum score of 400 went to the candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba.

29 invitations with a cut-off score of 703 went to Skilled Workers Overseas.

13 invitations – to the International Education Stream

14 invitations received candidates who applied for a provincial nomination through the Express Entry system.


The SINP Immigration Draw

The same day, on May 6, Saskatchewan’s provincial program, known as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), sent invitations to 259 candidates in the following two streams: the International Skilled Worker (136 invitations) and the Occupations In-Demand (123 invitations).

The minimal score requirement was 70. This time, applicants had to provide Educational Credential Assessment for their foreign education and the proof of work experience for the listed 58 jobs In-Demand Occupations category. Some of the eligible occupations are medical laboratory technicians, social workers, and educational counselors. There was no job offer requirement.


The Ontario job offer-specific program

The Ontario Foreign worker stream operates under the Employer Job Offer stream. Foreign nationals with a job offer from the Ontario company are considered for this category. The immigration form can be filled and submitted outside Canada.

Candidates need to have two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, have an employment offer in Ontario, and plan to relocate to the province. 


About MPNP immigration streams

Manitoba’s immigration streams seek to attract international talent to put down roots in the province. The provincial immigration department administers its immigration through the MPNP.

Applicants interested in immigration to Manitoba should open an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the province. After submitting their online application, they will be ranked on a 1000-scale for human capital factors and their connections to the province.

Candidates outside Canada must show they have connections to Manitoba, either by having a close relative in Canada, previous work experience in the province, or an invitation via Manitoba's Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.

To get an invitation under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba might be more difficult as candidates must demonstrate they have a job offer from a Manitoba employer.

International graduates of one of Manitoba’s accredited higher educational institutions must prove they have in-demand skills. 


About the SINP’s Occupation In-Demand category

Saskatchewan's Occupation In-Demand category is open to candidates who don't have a profile in the Express Entry system.

This stream looks for highly skilled workers with experience in the sought-after occupations in Saskatchewan without a job offer in the province.

As with MPNP, candidates applying for SINP should create an EOI profile via the SINP online portal. Candidates are gauged based on their work experience, qualifications, age, etc. They receive a score out of 100, and the highest-scoring candidates are awarded a provincial nomination through regular immigration draws usually held every two weeks.