March 9, 2024

This week three provinces—British ColumbiaOntario, and Saskatchewan—issued invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) under their respective immigration streams.

Candidates were invited under a combination of demographic and labour market streams, with differing criteria for each. In addition, different Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) utilise varying scoring systems, which result in great variance between cut-off scores for candidates from different provinces.

PNP Results March 2nd – March 8th


On March 7th the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 2,104 invitations to healthcare professionals under the Human Capital Priorities stream. Candidates needed a CRS score between 352 and 421 to be invited.

To be invited, candidates needed professional experience under any of the following healthcare professions.

The Human Capital Priorities stream is an Express Entry aligned (or enhanced PNP) stream meaning that candidates within the Express Entry pool may be invited through this pathway. To be eligible candidates must have:

  • a valid Express Entry profile;
  • at least one year of full-time work experience;
  • a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree; and
  • Language proficiency of at least Canadian Language Benchmark(CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) level 7 (for English or French respectively).
British Columbia (B.C.)

On March 5th B.C. held both targeted and general draws under the BCPNP, resulting in at least 156 total ITAs.

The province held general draws under five of its different streams, resulting in 54 ITAs. Candidates in the Skilled Worker, Skilled Worker-Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) option, International Graduate, and International Graduate EEBC option needed a minimum score of 126 to receive invitations. Meanwhile candidates under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream needed a score of 99.

The province also held targeted draws under the Skilled Worker International Graduate (includes EEBC option) stream. These draws targeted candidates with experience in professions that are in-demand within B.C.’s labour market. These were:

  • Childcare—inviting 32 candidates with a minimum score of 70;
  • Construction—inviting 30 candidates with a minimum score of 80;
  • Healthcare—inviting 39 candidates with a minimum score of 70; and
  • Veterinary care—inviting less than 5 candidates with a minimum score of 70.



On March 7th the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held draws under two of its streams. This was the first SINP draw in more than two months, since December 27th, 2023.

Under the Occupations In-Demand stream, 14 candidates with professional experience in targeted occupations, and a minimum score of 89, were invited.

Under the Express Entry stream, 21 candidates with a minimum score of 89 were invited.

Both streams required candidates to have an education credential assessment (ECA) or be educated in Canada. Under both, candidates needed professional experience in the following professions (given as National Occupation Codes (NOC)).

February 20, 2024

British Columbia, Alberta and Prince Edward Island issued invitations to apply (ITAs) for candidates in several in-demand occupations, through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and the Alberta PNP—formally the Alberta Advantage Immigrant Program (AAIP) are two of the biggest PNPs in Canada. These programs offer immigration streams for experienced entrepreneurs, workers with in-demand skills, international graduates and other newcomers based both in and out of their provinces.

Provincial immigration results February 10th—16th

Note: Provinces and territories implement different scoring systems for their PNPs independent of each other. This results in different scoring grades and criteria, which should not be compared.

1.British Columbia:

This week the BCPNP issued invitations through its Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) option)) stream. This stream targets international students who have in-demand skills for British Columbia’s labour market.

The province issued at least 200 ITAs for skilled workers and international graduates across five different in-demand employment sectors. These were:

  1. Childcare—requiring a minimum score of 60 to be invited;
  2. Construction—requiring a minimum score of 75 to be invited;
  3. Healthcare—requiring a minimum score of 60;
  4. Tech—requiring a minimum score of 108; and
  5. Veterinary care—requiring a minimum score of 60.

A full list of in-demand professions in British Columbia can be found here.


On February 6th Alberta issued 44 Notifications of Interest—the equivalent of ITAs under the AAIP—to candidates with professional healthcare experience, through the “Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer”.

To be invited, candidates had to have healthcare experience within the province and received a job offer from an employer in Alberta. The minimum cut-off score to receive an ITA was 302.

3.Prince Edward Island:

PEI issued 121 Expressions of Interest to candidates Labour and Express Entry candidates in the PEI PNP.

Candidates were considered if they were s working for a PEI Employer and had a minimum EOI score of 65. Over the past 12 months, the province has invited 2,307 candidates with 2,253 Expressions of Interest going to Labour and Express Entry candidates and 54 going to Business Work Permit Entrepreneur.

How can I increase my chances at receiving an invitation under a PNP?

While many PNPs have reserved pathways for those who have some connection to the province (i.e.: having graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), received a job offer letter, or having personal family ties to someone, in the province or territory of that PNP)—all PNPs have streams for in-demand professions that meet their location’s labour market needs.

Thus, newcomers looking to immigrate to Canada may find some specific benefit to tailoring their professional experience to a province or territory that requires it. In fact, this is a key reason for the existence of PNPs across Canada. Provinces even post in-demand professions to attract newcomers who can fill these crucial labour gaps.

By 2025, PNPs will overtake Express Entry as Canada’s main pathway to welcome new immigrants, signalling their continued importance to the country’s overall economic strategy.

February 17, 2024

As of February 15, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) has temporarily paused processing applications for the Alberta Opportunity Stream until further notice.

The AAIP says the pause will give the province time to “address its current inventory and focus its limited immigration nominations on priorities, such as filling labour shortages in healthcare, technology, construction, agriculture, tourism and hospitality and other in-demand sectors.”

The province will continue to assess any Alberta Opportunity Stream applications submitted before February 15 and says it will be implementing measures to “manage future application volumes against program priorities and to maintain reasonable service standards across its streams.”

The Alberta Opportunity Stream of the AAIP targets temporary foreign workers who currently work full-time in the province on a valid Canadian work permit and have a full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta. Post-Graduation Work Permit holders may also be eligible.

Province launches new PNP stream for tourism and hospitality

On March 1, the AAIP is introducing a new stream that targets “individuals who have already been working for a tourism and hospitality business for at least six months and who have met criteria to establish themselves in Alberta permanently.”

Further, candidates must have a “valid full-time, non-seasonal job offer from an approved employer operating within the appropriate industry.”

A recent release by the Alberta government says that the stream will help with shortages throughout the sector and help businesses throughout the province, including those in rural areas, retain workers and the economy.

The province says it will accept a limited number of applications for the stream and expedite their processing within other priority processing initiatives. More details are expected to be released on March 1.

Alberta is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. According to data from the provincial government, 32 million people visited the province in 2022, which generated $10.7 billion in expenditures.

Immigrating to Alberta

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that the Government of Alberta uses to select the economic immigration candidates who are likely to economically establish successfully within the province.

Like all PNPs, there are multiple streams that select candidates with different in-demand attributes. For example, the province has PNP streams that target skilled workers in specific occupations such as healthcare or agriculture. It also has PNP streams for those who work in rural communities within in the province as well as entrepreneurs.

Through the PNP, provinces are allocated a specific number of nominations that they can issue throughout the year. In 2023, Alberta issued 9,750 nominations to AAIP candidates. The province says it has not yet confirmed the number of nominations it has been allocated for 2024 but according to the federal Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 Canada will welcome 110,000 newcomers through the PNP by the end of this year.

February 16, 2024

Toronto is Canada’s biggest city. With its vibrant mix of cultures, robust job opportunities, and a bustling city life, Toronto is an appealing destination for anyone seeking a dynamic and enriching place to live.

This guide offers valuable insights and practical tips to help immigrants navigate the nuances of Toronto, ensuring a smoother transition as they establish their new life in Canada’s largest metropolis.

Toronto’s neighborhoods

The downtown core, anchored by the iconic CN Tower, is a hub of business, entertainment, and culture. Here, the Financial District showcases towering skyscrapers, while the Entertainment District comes alive with theaters, restaurants, and nightlife.

Neighborhoods like Queen West and Kensington Market showcase Toronto’s artistic and eclectic side. Queen West is renowned for its trendy boutiques, art galleries, and hip cafes while Kensington Market is a melting pot of cultures, offering a mixture of international flavors and street art.

The Annex, nestled near the University of Toronto, is a mix of students and professionals, featuring tree-lined streets and Victorian houses. While some parts of the Annex can be relatively expensive, there are also more affordable housing choices, making it accessible to both students and professionals.

In contrast, the suburb of Scarborough in the eastern part of the city is a vast and diverse area, home to various cultural enclaves. It is often recognized for its diverse and affordable housing options. This area includes a mix of single-family homes, townhouses, and apartment buildings, providing a range of choices for families and individuals seeking more budget-friendly living arrangements.

North York boasts a mix of residential, commercial, and green spaces. With neighborhoods like Willowdale and Don Mills, North York offers a suburban feel while maintaining close proximity to the city’s amenities. The area around Yonge and Sheppard is a condominium hotspot, attracting young professionals with its convenient access to public transportation.

Navigating the TTC

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, streetcars, and subways, providing a comprehensive network that covers the Greater Toronto Area.

The subway system is a primary mode of transportation for many commuters. With four main lines—Yonge-University, Bloor-Danforth, Sheppard, and the Scarborough extension—the subway connects key areas of the city. The subway runs from approximately 6:00 AM to 1:30 AM.

In addition to the subway, the TTC operates an extensive bus network that reaches neighborhoods not directly served by the subway. Streetcars also traverse various routes, particularly in the downtown core.

TTC fares are paid through a token, a Metropass (now known as the Presto card), or by cash when boarding buses. The Presto card, a contactless smart card offers a convenient and efficient way to pay for rides across all modes of transportation.

Understanding the schedules, routes, and potential delays is essential for efficient travel. You can get real-time updates, available through the TTC website, smartphone apps, and digital displays at subway stations.

Parks and outdoor spaces in Toronto

Toronto boasts an impressive array of outdoor spaces and parks, providing residents with opportunities to escape the urban hustle. High Park, located in the west end, is a sprawling green oasis featuring hiking trails, a serene lake, and even a zoo. Its cherry blossoms draw crowds in the spring.

The Toronto Islands, accessible by ferry, offer a peaceful retreat just a short ride from the downtown core with beaches, bike paths, and skyline views.

Trinity Bellwood’s Park, situated in the trendy Queen West neighborhood, is a popular gathering spot for locals. The park hosts a range of activities, from picnics to pickup games of soccer or tennis.

Toronto’s waterfront has undergone significant revitalization, resulting in a network of parks and trails along Lake Ontario. Sugar Beach creates an urban beach experience, while the Martin Goodman Trail invites cyclists, joggers, and walkers to enjoy the scenic waterfront.

Thriving industries in Toronto

Toronto is a thriving economic hub with a diverse range of industries contributing to its robust economy. The financial sector stands out prominently, with the city hosting the headquarters of major banks and financial institutions. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) is one of the world’s largest stock exchanges, playing a crucial role in global finance.

The technology and innovation sector is booming in Toronto, earning it the nickname “Silicon Valley North.” The city has become a hotspot for tech start-ups, attracting talent and investment.

The film and television industry is another cornerstone of Toronto’s economy. Known as Hollywood North, the city has a robust production scene, with numerous studios and soundstages. Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) attracts global attention, solidifying the city’s reputation as a major player in the film industry.

Toronto’s healthcare and life sciences industries are also significant contributors to its economic landscape. The city is home to world-renowned hospitals, research institutions, and pharmaceutical companies.

Emergency services in Toronto

In case of a medical emergency, residents and visitors can dial 911, a universal emergency number connecting callers to police, fire, and ambulance services. Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operates a fleet of ambulances equipped with advanced life support systems, and paramedics are trained to provide immediate care on the scene and during transportation to hospitals.

The Toronto Police Service is responsible for maintaining law and order in the city. In non-emergency situations, individuals can contact the police at their general inquiry number, which varies depending on the specific division. For urgent matters or emergencies, calling 911 is the quickest way to seek police assistance.

The Toronto Fire Services responds to fire emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, and other rescue operations. Similar to police and EMS, the fire services can be reached by calling 911 in case of emergencies. Fire stations are strategically located throughout the city to ensure timely responses to incidents.

Newcomer services in Toronto

Toronto is committed to providing a welcoming environment for newcomers, and the city offers a range of services and programs to help immigrants integrate successfully into their new lives.

Organizations like the Toronto Newcomer Office provide guidance on various settlement matters, including language training, employment services, and community orientation. These agencies often host workshops and programs to help newcomers navigate the Canadian job market, understand the education system, and adapt to cultural differences.

Toronto offers language training programs to help newcomers improve their English or French language skills. These programs, provided by organizations like the YMCA and local community colleges, aim to enhance communication abilities, increasing newcomers’ confidence and facilitating their engagement with the broader community.

In addition to settlement agencies, community centers across Toronto offer a wide array of services to support newcomers. These centres provide a welcoming space for individuals and families, offering cultural activities, recreational programs, and social events that help newcomers connect with others in similar situations.

Education in Toronto

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Canada, serving over 247,000 students in nearly 600 schools. The TDSB offers a range of educational programs, including elementary and secondary schools, specialized schools, and alternative education options. In addition to the public education system, Toronto is home to numerous private and independent schools.

Toronto is also a hub for higher education, boasting several world-renowned universities and colleges. The University of Toronto, consistently ranked among the top universities globally, offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs, attracting students from around the world. Ryerson University and York University are other prominent institutions contributing to Toronto’s reputation as an educational centre.


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