British Columbia

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

 - Canada has largest Express Entry draw since February

 - Economic recovery continues as 246,000 jobs added in Canada

 - Immigration assistance offered to Lebanon

 - B.C. holds another PNP draw

Canada invites 4,200 immigration candidates in Express Entry draw

Candidates eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) were included in Canada’s latest Express Entry draw, which saw 4,200 candidates invited to apply for permanent residence.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for the draw was 475.

This is the largest number of invitations issued since February, indicating that Canada remains committed to welcoming immigrants moving forward.

The total number of invitations issued in 2020 is now 69,950.

Economy continues to recover as Canada adds another 246,000 jobs in August 

Many more Canadians and permanent residents are returning to work after 3 million jobs were lost at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August, Canada added another 246,000 jobs. This means that Canada saw an increase of almost 2 million jobs since May, showing that Canada is well on its way to a full economic recovery.

The majority of employment growth came in the services sector, as opposed to the goods producing sector.

More immigration assistance offered to Lebanon

In light of last month’s tragic explosion in Beirut, the Canadian government has introduced additional immigration measures aiming to help Lebanese citizens.

The Canadian government is now prioritizing travel documents for Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Lebanon, as well as visitor visa applications for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Immediate family members include spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, parents and step-parents

B.C. invites over 430 candidates in latest PNP draw

More than 430 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in British Columbia’s latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.

Invitations were issued to Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates, under the Express Entry BC (EEBC), Skills Immigration (SI) and Entrepreneur streams.

The EEBC stream is available for candidates who have an Express Entry profile. 

The SI stream is for skilled workers who are in high demand in British Columbia.

The minimum score requirements in the province’s latest draw is between 76 and 98.

Find out if you are eligible for any of Canada's immigration programs by taking our FREE assessment.