The legislative building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba's Minister of Education and Training, Ian Wishart, has announced that the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will implement improvements to service standards, stating that “As of this month, all candidates who submit complete applications to the program will be processed in six months or less.” 

At a press conference announcing the improvements, Wishart confirmed that a backlog of applications to the program — which stood at more than 5,100 applications in April 2016 — has now been cleared. 

The waterfront in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

On April 5, 2017, the province of British Columbia (BC) invited 458 workers and international graduates to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Candidates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) were issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status. This most recent draw represents the biggest so far in 2017 to be conducted upon the five sub-categories within the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams which are managed through the SIRS.

The Canadian flag fluttering against the Toronto skyline, seen from Lake Ontario

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has invited 3,753 individuals to apply for Canadian permanent residence in its latest draw on candidates in the Express Entry pool. This draw, which took place on April 5, 2017 represents the fourth time in 2017 that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score a candidate requires in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) has dropped to a record low. Candidates in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 431 or higher are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence. IRCC expects to process applications within six months, meaning that these individuals and their families are likely to be in a position to arrive in Canada before the end of 2017.

Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada

The government of New Brunswick and the federal government of Canada have signed a new agreement, the Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement. The deal aims to help New Brunswick address labour shortages and grow its population.

The seafront in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The recently-launched Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has attracted interest from employers in its early stages, the government of Canada has announced. In a meeting between the federal Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, and Donald Arseneault, New Brunswick Minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, it was revealed that as of March 31, 2017, more than 50 employers have been formally designated to recruit immigrants within the scope of the AIPP.

Clear Lake in Manitoba, Canada

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) continues to be a pathway to permanent residence for foreign skilled workers, including individuals overseas, as well as many who are already living and working in the province. On March 30, a total of 225 candidates who had previously made a formal Expression of Interest in settling in Manitoba as a skilled worker were invited to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the MPNP. Following a successful nomination, a candidate may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

The flag of Quebec waving against a blue sky

The province of Quebec has earmarked $179.4 million over the next five years to support the integration of new immigrants. This figure includes $13.5 million to attract international students and $103.5 million for francization of newcomers.

Downtown St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador wants annual immigration numbers to increase to 1,700 new permanent residents per year, an increase of around 50 percent on current intake numbers.

The Canadian flag fluttering in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

The second Express Entry draw of March, and the 57th in total, has taken place. A total of 3,749 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada, with each invited candidate having 441 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points at the time the draw was performed.

Candidates who receive an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

A vineyard in British Columbia, Canada

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continues to be the pathway through which a range of international workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs settle in Canada permanently. The latest BC PNP round of invitations, which were issued in draws that took place on March 22, mark the fifth occasion since the beginning of February that BC has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the BC PNP.

The flags of Canada and Manitoba

Another 313 candidates have been invited to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), a Canadian immigration program that allows the province of Manitoba to welcome new immigrants who have the ability to establish themselves and their families in Manitoba, based on eligibility criteria set by the province.

The flag of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan

As of April 1, 2017, applicants to two popular immigration streams of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will be required to pay an application fee of $300 CAD when submitting the application. The fee will be mandatory for applicants to the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category and the International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand sub-category.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada on a beautiful clear day

The government of Ontario has clarified the registration and application process for the Human Capital Priorities Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). There had been some confusion regarding the new process since the popular stream was reopened last month. This confusion derived from a new online process that includes a registration deadline and an application deadline.

The flags of British Columbia and Canada

A total of 377 candidates for immigration to British Columbia, Canada have been invited to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on March 8. This is the third such draw to have taken place in the last three weeks, with other candidates having been invited to apply on February 17 and February 23, respectively.