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April 6, 2024

Ontario releases 2024 PNP allocation; Three provinces nominate candidates in latest draws

Ontario has received an allocation of 21,500 nominations for its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2024.

This number represents an increase of 5,000 nominations over 2023’s 16,500.

Ontario’s allocation increase follows last November’s meeting of the Federation of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) in which immigration ministers from each Canadian province and territory met with federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller to speak about how immigration impacts their jurisdiction.

Every province and territory (with the exceptions of Quebec and Nunavut) receives an annual allocation of nominations for its PNP from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), although not all provinces make their allocations public.

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 Increased allocations this year are not unexpected. At the November FMRI meeting the provinces and territories called for increased control over provincial nomination and higher allocations. This has been reflected in the number of permanent residents Canada will welcome through the PNP in 2024. According to the federal Immigration Levels Plan, 110,000 new permanent residents will immigrate through the PNP, a higher number than the federal Express Entry program.

At a similar meeting in March 2023, the FMRI endorsed a multi-year levels plan for PNP allocations to enable provinces to better plan local infrastructure that will support the needs of the existing population and newcomers. Ontario has not made any announcements regarding notional allocations for the next two years.

British Columbia

On April 3 British Columbia invited 83 candidates in four draws of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

The largest draw was general and invited 30 candidates from five categories. Skilled Workers, Skilled Workers (EEBC option) and International Graduates required a minimum score of 130.

International Graduates (EEBC option) needed a minimum score of 125 and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled candidates needed a minimum score of 107.

The province also held three targeted draws for Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including EEBC Option) in specific occupations. These included 18 candidates in childcare occupations and 25 candidates in healthcare occupations with a minimum score of 90.

The 10 candidates who were invited for construction occupations required a minimum score of 95.


The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) issued 48 invitations to candidates in the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer.

This is an Express Entry aligned stream, meaning all candidates had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. For this draw, candidates needed a CRS score of 300 or higher to be considered.

This was the eighth draw for this category so far this year.

Prince Edward Island

On April 4, PEI issued 66 invitations to Labour and Express Entry candidates working in the healthcare, manufacturing, and early childhood education sectors.

This was the first draw of the month for the PEI PNP and the sixth draw this year.

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