Information on COVID-19 and Immigration to Canada
The Express Entry draw

The British Columbia Tech Pilot Draw

The latest Tech Pilot immigration draw was held by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program on April 20. The province invited 90 candidates with a minimum score of 80 from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories.

The total number of invitations issued by British Columbia in 2021 is 3,531.


A Manitoba new immigration draw

On April 19, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 399 candidates who could qualify for the Skilled Worker Overseas program. This is an unusual draw as it didn’t include Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education stream candidates.

30 applicants under the strategic recruitment initiative had to have a score of at least 703. The remaining 369 applicants who had an Express Entry profile had a minimum score of 708.


The April 16 Express Entry draw

A new Express Entry draw was held on April 16, 2021, and 6,000 Canadian Experience Class candidates with a minimum score of 417 were invited to apply for permanent residence. 1,000 more invitations and 15 points reduced score are the main highlights for this draw when comparing it to the previous CEC draw.

Besides, it was the second-largest draw in Express Entry's history. The draws are increasing because Canada needs more skilled workers to boost the economy after the coronavirus pandemic. 5,000 PR invitations were sent in the previous draw, and before that, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) invited 27,332 candidates on February 13.

The April 16 Express Entry draw approved applicants with a cut-off score of 417 who submitted their Express Entry profiles before March 1, 2021, at 19:53:46 UTC. The tie-break rule was applied in selecting eligible candidates.


Canadian immigration’s new initiatives

On April 16, the IRCC announced about six new permanent residence streams that will launch in May. The goal of these streams is to create 90,000 additional permanent residence spots for temporary foreign workers, international graduates, and Francophones already in Canada. Increased Express Entry draws, and PNPs are meant to help Canada reach its 401,000 immigration target in 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic.

BC, Alberta, Ontario, and PEI also held immigration draws within the last week.


Express Entry draws in 2021

The total number of invited Express Entry candidates in 2021 reached 55,390. This figure is twice more than at the same time last year. February 13 was a historic Express Entry draw– the IRCC issued 27,333 ITAs.

Since the start of 2021, Canada has held 13 draws. Most of them invited CEC or PNP candidates. Unlike PNP draws, CEC is prone to setting lower minimum scores.

The immigration department is selecting candidates who are already residing in Canada. For example, nearly 95% of the CEC candidates in the CEC invitation round on April 7 were living in Canada. The pool had over 21,000 CEC applicants. The factors such as connections to Canada and Canadian work experience are vital to nominate them. PNP Express Entry-linked immigration draw on April 7 was smaller, with 104 candidates out of which 69% were in Canada.

The Federal Skilled Worker Class accounted for 141,000 candidates in the pool, more than 90% outside Canada. On the contrary, 55% of the 669 Federal Skilled Trades candidates resided in Canada.


The April 15 PEI PNP draw

On April 15, 156 invitations were sent via the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).

140 invitations received Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates. The other 16 went to Business Impact applicants with a minimum score of 75.

PEI PNP Express Entry streams

PEI PNP linked to the Express Entry searches for qualified candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. All candidates are evaluated and get a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS). Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination earn an additional 600 points that add to their CRS score. Selected candidates receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Labour Impact Category

To apply for this category, a foreign national must have a valid job offer in the Prince Edward province. The Labour Impact encompasses three streams: Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.

Business Impact Category

Business Impact Category candidates must meet the minimum provincial score requirement. Every draw sets different score requirements. The invitation issued in the April 15 draw came under the Work Permit Stream. The stream allows foreign entrepreneurs to open a business in the province.