Express Entry accelerates Canada PNPs application process

Express Entry system has allowed faster processing of the applications in Canada PNPs and resulted in increasing number of nominations, observed an evaluation of the operation of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) between 2010 and 2015. The evaluation results, released in May 2018 by the Government of Canada, reveal the positive impact the Express Entry system has on the PNPs.

The evaluation has further observed that PNPs have succeeded in meeting their main objective of attracting skilled workers. The provinces have also succeeded in attracting candidates with the qualifications to meet their economic goals. Moreover, majority of the selected candidates could settle in the respective provinces successfully. Candidates could also find occupations related to their qualifications or higher.

Provincial Nomination Programs of Canada (Canada PNPs)

Ontario Immigration

Alberta Immigration

British Columbia Immigration

Manitoba Immigration

New Brunswick Immigration

Newfoundland Immigration

Nova Scotia Immigration

Saskatchewan Immigration

Prince Edward Island Immigration

Other major findings

– The candidates selected through PNPs recently are younger, more educated, and have knowledge of official languages

-The proportion of provincial nominees, who are temporary residents, becoming permanent residents has increased from 52% in 2010 to 76% in 2015.

-Majority of the candidates nominated between 2002 and 2014, lived in the same province that nominated them

-Around 92% of the principal applicants established themselves economically within one year

-Provincial nominees, on average, earn more than the immigrants who came to Canada through Federal Skilled Worker Program.

In short the report says that PNPs have succeeded in meeting their purpose. The candidates brought through PNPs to meet the labour market needs of the provinces are able to find jobs quickly that suit their qualifications, with above average salaries. Also, the selection criteria of PNPs have become more sophisticated, giving stress to human capital factors.

One of the major drawbacks of PNPs observed by the report is the longer processing times compared to federal programs. The report also highlighted the need to bring more francophone immigrants through PNPs and better information sharing between federal and provincial governments.

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