Canada’s Quebec, British Columbia issue invitations for provincial immigration

Quebec of Canada and British Columbia issued invitations to applicants through the province’s immigration programs in October this week.

Canada provinces with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, operate their own provincial nomination programs (PNPs). Interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Provincial nomination is not the same as a permanent residence, it can serve as the first step towards gaining permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are different from Canada’s immigration programs. Quebec is the only province with control over all economic class immigrants.

Provincial nomination programs account for more than 80,000 PR admissions each year. It started in 1998 and the steady increase in the number of PNPs enrolled in Canada each year is because the federal and provincial governments see it as an effective tool to promote the country’s economic development outside the provinces and urban centers that already have large numbers of immigrants.


Quebec invited 1,195 skilled workers to apply for permanent residency by September 29. Candidates must have a profile in Arrima’s expression of interest system with a score of at least 597 points. This is the twelfth draw Quebec has held in 2022 and the third draw in September.

Invitation letters are issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) to immigration candidates applying under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). Those invited by Quebec to apply for the permanent residency option have up to 60 days to apply and pay the processing fee.

British Columbia

In British Columbia, more than 364 candidates were invited on October 12. The province invited 320 candidates in a joint draw. Invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories and included Express Entry candidates.

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