2019 – An extravagantly active year for Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs

Looking upon the previous year 2019, the best news is that Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee streams has been the most active program calling maximum number of applicants to apply Canada PR raising the hopes of many aspirants in the year 2020.

Provincial Nominee Program permits the contributing nine provinces and territories to call eligible skilled workers and economic immigration candidates for Canada PR. Each province somehow manage an extended stream associated to the Express Entry System letting the province to select candidates with a profile in the Express Entry pool. An invitation from any of the province somehow guarantees an Invitation to apply in the approaching Express Entry Draw.

The benefit of applying under the Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Program is that many a times the cut off is lower than the Express Entry system’s Comprehensive Ranking scores which is the best solution for the candidates failing to achieve the CRS point score. The most active provinces observed in the year 2019 has been Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.


Total 8,906 invitations has been issued by Ontario in the year 2019 through its Express Entry Nomination Streams namely Human Capital Priorities, French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades, wherein, 6,958 invitations were issued through the Human Capital Priorities Stream only over the course of five draws. The new trend observed in the year 2019 was the release of an dedicated draw for six targeted technical professions through two draws issuing 3,396 invitations to Express Entry Candidates through the Human Capital Priorities Stream.

All three streams allow the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to hunt the eligible Express Entry pool for candidates for each pathway.


An awesome news for aspiring applicants for the year 2020 is the most brightest ray of hope  shown in the year 2019 by Alberta emerging as one of the most active province under the Provincial Nominee Program. The pathway allows the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to find eligible candidates from the Express Entry pool having strong ties to Alberta or who can sustain government’s monetary growth and diversification priorities.

A total 6,884 Express Entry candidates has been invited by AINP to apply Canada PR through provincial nomination over the course of 31 selection rounds in 2019. Five out of these selection rounds had a minimum CRS score ranging between 300 – 400.



Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s linked Express Entry category has released more than 5,000 invitations to eligible express entry candidates to apply Canada PR through Provincial Nominee Program. To be  eligible under this program an individual needs to register an Expression of interest with Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program having work experience in any of the professions in the in-demand occupation list related to their field of study.

The major improvement observed in this pathway in the year 2019 is the change imbibed by the Saskatchewan government from the In-Demand Occupation List to an Excluded Occupation List resulting in expansion of the occupation list creating more and more frequency in the draws. After the change was executed 3,800 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply Canada PR through PNP.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia located on the Atlantic coast of Canada was the dark horse in the race of invitations. The province issued frequent draws through its Labour Market Priorities Stream inviting more and more eligible Express Entry candidates. The stream gives permission to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to look for eligible candidates from the Express entry pool with experience in any of the occupation fulfilling the Labour shortage of the province.

NSNP used its Labour Market Priorities Stream eight times in the preceding year inviting assorted professionals from the Express Entry pool. The major occupations that got lucky in the year 2019 were financial auditors and accountants, registered nurses, social workers, early childhood educators, advertising, marketing or public relation professionals and some others building up a scope for other professions in the year 2020 as well.

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