Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the 17th Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw of 2021. Draw #203 issued 635 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 764. The CRS score increased by 13 points compared to the previous PNP draw held on August 18th, 2021.

The PNP is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. Candidates that receive a provincial nomination automatically obtain an additional 600 CRS points. The program is designed for workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. Each province and territory have their own “streams” which vary depending on the province’s needs.

The government is still on track to meet its ambitious target of welcoming over 400,000 newcomers throughout the year. Today’s draw brought the total ITAs to 106,414. Almost doubling the numbers issued compared to this time last year which was 65,750 as of September 1st, 2020.

IRCC applied its tie-breaking rule with the timestamp of April 12th, 2021 at 12:21:45 UTC. This means that candidates who had the minimum score of 764 are only invited if they submitted their Express Entry profile before the tie-breaking rule.

If you have any questions about express entry, permanent residence, provincial nominations or COVID-19 please contact us directly.


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