How To Immigrate (Skilled Immigration)

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
— Andre Gide

DISCLAIMER: The is not legal advice, it is for your information only. Laws, regulations and ministerial instructions constantly change and the information can not be used to make immigration decisions. Case law may also have an effect on the outcome of the case. Case law changes constantly and is not considered here. Please contact Matrixvisa Inc. for immigration legal advice.

Classes of Skilled Immigration & the Express Entry Stream

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act creates various classes of immigration to Canada which have separate unique requirements. In order to begin the immigration process, a foreign national must meet the requirements of an immigration class to qualify. The main classes of immigration are the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skills Trades Class, Canada Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Class. 

If a foreign national qualifies in one of the above classes, they may be eligible for the Express Entry Stream.

NOTE: Express Entry is NOT an Immigration class, it is an immigration selection system which is based on the age, education, and language proficiency of an applicant.

Navigating the sources of Canadian Immigration

The Canadian immigration system is complex and becoming increasingly complex each year. A good example of this complexity is in the provincial immigration programs. Matrixvisa Inc. purchased a handbook that was written about the provincial nominee class programs. The handbook initially cost CAD$300 (R3000) and another $1200 per annum (R12000) for updates, but eventually the quarterly updates could not keep up with the speed of the changes.

In order to keep our right to practice immigration law, authorized representatives must attend conferences and continue legal training to keep up with the changes (both federal and provincial immigration changes).  

The legal authorities & sources that guide immigration decisions consist of 7 levels:

  1. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (about 60 pages);
  2. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (about 200-300 pages);
  3. Immigration Manual (rules written by officials which have about 100 chapters and can fill 5 wheelbarrows);
  4. Operational memorandums that are regularly published;
  5. Case law (decisions by judges in Federal Court); 
  6. Immigration Rules as stipulated in the Immigration Manual; 
  7. Ministerial Instructions published in the Government Gazette; and lastly,
  8. Some visa officers at the embassies and high commissions make their own rules, which are not written anywhere. If these decisions are outside the scope of the law, we object to the Immigration Department and the Minister.

Many of our efforts here are very interesting to read to better understand the complexities of Canada’s immigration system. To complicate matters further, officers interpret the Immigration Regulations and Immigration Rules differently, and therefore create inconsistent application rules in decisions. One can only understand how decisions are made after the behavior of officers observed over many years.

The nine Methods of Skilled Immigration

In attempting to clarify all the immigration opportunities for skilled foreign nationals (not entrepreneurs, investors and business applicants) we made a simplified summary of the options with the aid of the mind map below. In the Canadian immigration system there are 6 broad options for skilled foreign nationals to emigrate each with the goal of obtaining permanent residence and finally Canadian citizenship. Once a person is a permanent resident for 4 years, they may apply for Canadian citizenship.

Option 1 and 2 can be classified as federal options, and options 3 to 6 as provincial options.

Option 1: Draw in Express Entry (without a Job Offer)

Every 2 weeks names are drawn from the Express Entry Pool (Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skills Trades Class, Canada Experience Class). The pass mark is floating and the lowest draw was about 420 points during 2017 and for 2018 it was between 438 and 450 points. During 2019, most of the draws were between 440 – 455, however, it peaked at 470 once.

There are many discussions on internet forums where potential immigrants confuse one another about the Express Entry option. There is a hype surrounding express entry, as it is “express” right? Wrong. It is not so great as you might think it is. The majority of applicants will not qualify for a draw from the Express Entry Pool as their points do not come close to 400 points.   

The rhetorical question is, why are applicants so focused on Express Entry? Well, there are many possible reasons.

  •  One issue is the name which was chosen for political (vote seeking) reasons as the current federal government wanted to be viewed as the saviour of the immigration system.
  • Secondly, many immigration law companies (inside Canada) and some outside of Canada (many are owned by people whom are not Canadians, never studied Canadian law, and who are not authorized Immigration representatives) do not explain the reality of Express Entry to their clients. Getting the documents in order (language tests, Educational Credential assessments) are obviously important.
  • Thirdly, immigrants excite one another about Express Entry on online forums without understanding what the actual policy is and when Express Entry should be used.

Option 2: Express Entry with Job Offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

A Job offer by itself is worthless because a job offer only has value if it is supported by an LMIA for a provincial certificate of nomination (Option 3,4 or 5). Similar to a human, an LMIA stands on two legs: one leg represents the effect of the employment of the foreign national on the Labour Market and the second represents the Genuineness Test of the job offer. In assessing the Labour Market ‘leg’ of the LMIA, an officer has a statutory duty (i.e. a legal duty) to assess seven factors. The four most important factors include:

  • Did the employer advertise for 28 days at three national websites in an attempt to find a Canadian? We are the first immigration law firm (consultancy) that discovered there are more rules regarding specific information that must be listed in these advertisements that were hidden. There are about 28 pages of special rules about what information must be in these advertisements, them at Our Efforts.
  • Is the wage being offered to the foreign national the same wage that is being paid to Canadians performing the same job in the same area of the country?
  • There may not be any labour dispute at the workplace
  • Is there a shortage of skilled Canadians in this specific occupation in a specific part of the country 

LMIA’s can be added to an applicant’s Express Entry profile to increase the points by 50 points. Some immigrants will require a job offer supported by an LMIA to obtain sufficient points. 

OPTION 3: PROVINCIAL SELECTION bY a PROVINCE fROM FEDERAL EXPRESS ENTRY DATABASE

Currently, all provinces use a job offer or an occupation list to draw applicants from the Express Entry pool of applicants (except for Ontario who made invitations based on points. We do not expect this to happen often). Each province that uses the job offer stream has unique requirements to get the job offer approved. These requirements include some of the following:

  • Points: Some Provinces have points systems. For example British Columbia is currently (July 2019) at 105 points which is increasingly difficult to obtain. It is the only province that also provides points for location (further away from Vancouver provides higher points) as well as wage (higher wage provinces higher points). Saskatchewan also has points and it is relative easy to obtain the required 60 points. In Manitoba applicants will probably only have enough points if they already work in Manitoba or have family there.
  • Turnover: The Ontario Province require a specific business turnover.
  • Number of Employees: Some provinces require a certain number of employees. In Ontario the employer must have 5 employees at the work location is in the Toronto area and 3 employees at the address of the work location. In British Columbia, the employer must have at least 3 employees anywhere in the province.
  • Experience: Ontario require at least 2 years of experience overseas in the same occupation in which the application is submitted. British Columbia requires 2 years of relevant experience (which is more flexible)
  • Location of Foreign Worker: Some Provinces require the foreign national to work in the Province, such as Alberta. However, we recently had a foreign national that was invited to apply although he was not working in Alberta. Alberta will give priority to applicants working in Alberta or that has family in Alberta.
  • ECA and Settlement Plans. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot also require a Educational Credential Assessment and a Settlement Plan. 

Province of Ontario

Applicants must comply with the following basic requirements:  

  1. Work Experience: A minimum of either:
  2. Education: Equivalent of a Canadian Bachelor’s degree or above
  3. Language: A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or in French
  4. Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income to support you and your family members
  5. Intent: An intention to live in Ontario
  6. Legal Status in Canada (if applicable): Must have legal status in Canada (i.e., study permit, work permit, visitor record) if currently residing in Canada. 
  7. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score: A minimum of 400 points in the CRS of IRCC’s Express Entry system
  8. Applications In Express Entry may not be older then 90 days…..this Matrixvisa discovered this secret rule: see point 35 at this link: https://www.matrixvisa.com/about-us/ourefforts/ 

There are also 3 sub-streams in the Ontario Express Entry Stream:

ON Express Entry French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
ON Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
ON  Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

Here follow an explanation of how the Ontario Government changed it’s rules of drawing from Jan 2015 to Aug 2019. Some of these changes are from non – express entry applications. 

On 10 April  2017, the ON government announced that it will select journeyman (trades) as long as the person has 400 points. They will select from the following occupations:
NOC 7271 – Carpenters
NOC 7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
NOC 7311 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
NOC 7237 – Welders
NOC 7294 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
NOC 7251 – Plumbers
NOC 7281 – Bricklayers
NOC 7291 – Roofers and shinglers
NOC 7233 – Sheet metal workers
NOC 7283 – Tile setters
NOC 7234 – Boilermakers
NOC 7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
NOC 7242 – Industrial electricians

2015 (June and Nov/Dec) ON Invitations based on Points. The Province of Ontario completed two draws through the Express Entry system. The Ontario Government did not review the labour shortages at all before the draw was made. The Ontario Government conducted the second draw for only people that entered the pool after 23 Nov 2015 and people with a score of at least 412 were successful and received an invitation from the Ontario Government. It is unclear why the Ontario government would not draw from applications entered before 31 May and 23 of November 2015.

In July 2017 ON Invitation based on Occupation List. The Ontario government targeted candidates in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector with work experience in the following NOC codes:
NOC 0131   Telecommunication Carriers Managers
NOC 0213   Computer and Information Systems Managers
NOC 2133   Electrical and Electronics Engineers
NOC 2147   Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
NOC 2171    Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
NOC 2172    Database Analysts and Data Administrators
NOC 2173    Software Engineers and Designers
NOC 2174    Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
NOC 2175    Web Designers and Developers
NOC 2241    Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
NOC 2281    Computer Network Technicians
NOC 2282    User Support Technicians
NOC 2283    Systems Testing Technicians
NOC 5224    Broadcast Technicians
NOC 5241    Graphic Designers and Illustrators

In Aug 2017 ON Invitations were based on Occupation list & people working in Ontario. The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program allowed foreign nationals in Skill Level C and D to be nominated for permanent residence if they are working in Ontario already on a work permit supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment: NOC 7441 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
NOC 7521 – Heavy equipment operators (except crane);
NOC 8431 – General farm workers;
NOC 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers;
NOC 8611 – Harvesting labourers;
NOC 7611 – Construction trades helpers and labourers;
NOC 9462 – Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers.

 On 28 March 2017, the Ontario Government invited applicants with a Job offer in Ontario (supported by a LMIA or 4 weeks of advertising) OR with a French score of CLB 7 or higher.

In January 2019 Ontario again made several Invitation to Apply based on points only (Jan 2019). We believe that invitations based on points will probably not be repeated quickly.

On May 31, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes:
NOC 0114 Other administrative services managers
NOC 0601 Corporate sales managers
NOC 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
NOC 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
NOC 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
NOC 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
NOC 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 0111 Financial managers
NOC 1114 Other financial officers
NOC 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.

On 8 May 2019 Ontario issues Notification of Interest (NOI) for several IT occupations in the following NOC’sL
NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
NOC 2147 Computer engineers
NOC 2157 Web designers and developers
NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers

On 15 August  2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes:
NOC 0114 Other administrative services managers
NOC 0601 Corporate sales managers
NOC 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
NOC 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
NOC 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
NOC 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
NOC 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 0111 Financial managers
NOC 1114 Other financial officers
NOC 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.

Province of Saskatchewan

Applicants had to be entered into the Federal Express Entry Pool (no need for a certain EE score), and scored at least 60 out of a 100 in Saskatchewan’s Provincial Scoring system, and if the applicant has specific experience in a list of the following occupations:

NOC 0423 – Managers in social and community services: If you have a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Social Work, provide your assessment of equivalency letter from the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). If your education is in a discipline other than social work the CASW will not assess your credentials. Provide your educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization. You must have completed a four year degree program in a social science field.

NOC 1311 – Accounting technicians: You must have completed a minimum two year diploma program in accounting which includes specialized courses in automated accounting, taxation, financial and cost accounting, auditing, intermediate accounting, managerial accounting and accounting information systems.

NOC 2174 – Computer Programmers and interactive media developers: Provide documentation from the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS) showing your: Candidate Membership as an Associate Information Technology Professional (AITP); http://www.cips.ca/candidate or, Certified Membership as an Information Systems Professional (I.S.P); http://www.cips.ca/certification or, Certified Membership as an Information Technology Certified Professional of Canada (ITCP)  http://www.cips.ca/certification. For more information, visit the provincial regulator the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS). http://sk.cips.ca/certification You must have completed a minimum three year program in computer science, information technology, computer science systems, or a related discipline in integrated multimedia or computing science. Computer Science engineering programs will not be considered.

NOC 2251 – Architectural technologists and technicians: You must have completed a degree or minimum two-year diploma program in architectural technology.

NOC 3211- Medical laboratory technologists: Provide a copy of your valid licensure from the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT) or Provide a copy of the Credential Document Review letter from the SSMLT Registrar indicating you meet initial eligibility requirements to apply to the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT) for a license. NOTE: To determine eligibility for an SSMLT licence, the applicant must first obtain a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) report from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) for the Credential Document Review application.

NOC 3215 – Medical radiation technologists: Provide a copy of your valid licensure (restricted or full) from the Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (SAMRT); or Provide a copy of the email from the SAMRT Registrar outlining your eligibility to apply to the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) to have your credentials assessed; AND a copy of the letter from the CAMRT notifying you of your assessment result and access to the national certification exam.

NOC 3234 – Paramedics: Provide a copy of your valid licensure from the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP); or Provide a copy of the correspondence from SCoP outlining your eligibility to apply to write the national certification exam related to your practice level.

NOC 4151 – Psychologists: Provide documentation from the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists showing your eligibility for provisional licensure.

NOC 4212 – Social and community service workers: If you have a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Social Work, provide your assessment of equivalency letter from the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). If your education is in a discipline other than social work the CASW will not assess your credentials. Provide your educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization. You must have completed a degree or minimum two year diploma program in social work, child and youth care, social science or psychology.

NOC 4214: Early childhood educators – Level II or III Early Childhood Educator Certification is required for SINP eligibility. Provide copies of your assessment letter, the Early Learning and Child Care Assessment Sheet, and your Certificate of Qualification at Level II or III in Early Childhood Education from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.

NOC 4215 – Instructors of persons with disabilities: You must have completed a degree or minimum two year diploma program with a specialization in special education, rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, visual impairment, hearing impairment or intellectual disability.

NOC 5254 – Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness: You must have completed a degree or minimum two year diploma program in recreation, sports or fitness discipline.

NOC 6331 – Meat Cutters: For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that you have completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and you are eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan. If you hold a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, provide a copy of your certificate. You must have completed a meat cutting apprenticeship program, or vocational training in meat-cutting which includes at least two years of on the job training.

NOC 6332 – Bakers: You must have completed a minimum two year diploma program or a vocational training program specializing in baking and pastry arts which includes at least one year of on the job training.

NOC 7292 – Glaziers: For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that you have completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and you are eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan. If you hold a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, provide a copy of your certificate. You must have completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as a glazier.

NOC 7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics/technicians: For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that you have completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and you are eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan. If you hold a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, provide a copy of your certificate. You must have completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as a heavy-duty equipment mechanic/technician.

NOC 7321- Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers: For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that you have completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and you are eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan. If you hold a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, provide a copy of your certificate. You must have completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as either an automotive service technician, truck and bus mechanic, or mechanical repairer.

NOC 7322 – Motor vehicle body repairers: For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that you have completed the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and you are eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan. If you hold a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, provide a copy of your certificate. You must have completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as a motor vehicle body repairer.

Province of Manitoba

Manitoba has a unique scoring system that is independent from the Federal Express Entry system. This point system is skewed towards applicants that have already been working for Manitoba employers for longer than 6 months. The total score is 1000 points and 500 points are awarded for these job offers. Applicants can lose points (100 points are actually subtracted for each of the following: work experience in another province, family in another province, education in another province or previous immigration applications in other provinces). The occupation list can be found here: https://www.immigratemanitoba.com/immigrate-to-manitoba/in-demand-occupations 

Province of British Columbia

British Columbia’s Express Entry stream requires an applicant to have a job offer and obtain a certain score . Employers  must provide 2 weeks of advertising and but the applicant must score about 95 points on the BC PNP  points system (the points at which selection take goes up and down).

Province of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s Express Entry system has two streams:

  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (based on an occupation list – see below)
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry (requires all applicants to have worked in Nova Scotia for at least 12 months)

NOC Code and Occupations (since November 2018)
NOC 1111 – Financial auditors and accountants
NOC 1114 – Other financial officers
NOC 1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
NOC 1241 – Administrative assistants
NOC 1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
NOC 2131 – Civil engineers
NOC 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
NOC 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media development
NOC 2281 – Computer network technicians
NOC 2282 – User support technicians
NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses
NOC 4021 – College and other vocational instructors
NOC 4211 – Paralegal and related occupations
NOC 4212 – Social and community service workers
NOC 6235 – Financial sales representative

Province of New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s Express Entry Labour Market Stream is temporarily only accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from individuals with a connection to New Brunswick such as the following:

  • Job offer in New Brunswick
  • Working in New Brunswick


OPTION 4: PROVINCIAL NOMINEE CLASS JOB OFFER STREAM (NON-EXPRESS ENTRY)
 

Currently, all provinces use a job offer or an occupation list to draw applicants from the Express Entry pool of applicants (Except for Ontario who made invitations based on points. We do not expect this to happen often). Each province that uses the job offer stream has unique requirements to get the job offer approved. These requirements include some of the following:

Turnover:   The Ontario Province require a specific business turnover.
Number of Employees:  Some provinces require a certain number of employees. In Ontario the employer must have 5 employees at the work location is in the Toronto area and 3 employees at the address of the work location. In British Columbia, the employer must have at least 3 employees anywhere in the province.
Experience:  Ontario require at least 2 years of experience overseas in the same occupation in which the application is submitted. British Columbia requires 2 years of relevant experience (which is more flexible)
Location of Foreign Worker:  Some Provinces require the foreign national to work in the Province, such as Alberta. However, we recently had a foreign national that was invited to apply although he was not working in Alberta. Alberta will give priority to applicants working in Alberta or that has family in Alberta.
Points:  Some Provinces have points systems. For example British Columbia is currently (July 2019) at 105 points which is increasingly difficult to obtain. It is the only province that also provides points for location (further away from Vancouver provides higher points) as well as wage (higher wage provinces higher points). Saskatchewan also has points and it is relative easy to obtain the required 60 points. In Manitoba applicants will probably only have enough points if they already work in Manitoba or have family there.
ECA and Settlement Plans:. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot also require a Educational Credential Assessment and a Settlement Plan

OPTION 5: PROVINCIAL NOMINEE CLASS (MASTERS OR PHD STREAM)

British Columbia and Ontario provinces are using the Master degree stream.

In Ontario, about 18 000 foreign students study their Masters degrees but the quota is only about 3000 openings in the Provincial Nominee Program of Ontario.

In British Columbia, the Master’s degree stream is only for students in the Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, etc). Social Sciences and Commerce graduates can not be nominated.

Option 6: Provincial Nominee Class (International Student Stream)

In Manitoba, the point system is developed in such a way that a foreign national must be working in Manitoba or have close family living in that province. Therefore obtaining a LMIA first is often required in Manitoba.

Option 7: Provincial Nominee Class (French Stream) 

In Ontario, applicants must have:

a.  Must be able to read write speak and understand French at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 or higher. Applicants must also have an  English proficiency of CLB 6 and above.
b. Qualify theFederal Skilled Worker Class or the Canada Experience Class.

Recently Nova Scotia and New Brunswick also introduced French Streams

Option 8: Provincial Nominee Class (Occupation List)

By the middle of 2019 British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba had occupation lists:

  • Manitoba  has a very long list of occupations. However, without the working experience of family in Manitoba, it will be very difficult to get enough points.
  • Ontario developed a In Demand Skills Stream for construction and agriculture.
  • British Columbia has  a Technology  Pilot. Howeve,r employers must still advertise for 2 weeks. The biggest benefit is that decisions are made quick.
  • Saskatchewan has an occupation list that is the same as in Option 3 above.

Option 9: Strategic Recruitment by a Provincial Government (Non Express Entry)  

Finally, we get to the best kept secret of the immigration programs. Some provinces have launched so called ‘strategic recruitment drives’ to certain countries. I was told that a specific province issued nomination certificates to French citizens when they came to the booth at an immigration trade show in France. They were French and it was their lucky day, I suppose. In provinces where these opportunities exists it opens up the opportunity for a large employer to negotiate with a province for a large batch of people. We have made a proposal to a very large employer to bring in mechanics, millwrights, electricians, instrumentation technicians and specialized engineers through this scheme.  This type of scheme has basically no rules and whatever the provincial government decides will be the rules of the a specific ad hoc program.

This method is mostly used by the provincial governments of Manitoba and New Brunswick. 

Manitoba

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program staff will be in Manila,the Philippines between November 20-24, 2017 along with Manitoba employers to conduct interviews with individuals who can demonstrate qualifying skills in the following areas:

Specialized Livestock Workers
Industrial Butchers
Graphic Designer
Printing Press Operator
Plastics Machine Operator
Bindery Machine Operators
Bindery Production Support
Welders
Furniture and Fixture Assemblers and Inspectors
Woodworking Machine Operators
Other labours in Woodworking Manufacturing
Furniture Finishers and Refinishers

Applicants must comply with the following:

  • Are between the age of 21 – 45;
  • Have completed at least a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which you received a diploma, degree or certificate
  • Have a minimum of 3 years employment experience in the past 5 years in the related occupations listed; and 
  • Are able to meet Canadian Language Benchmark level 5 (CLB 5)

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program was in London, England between November 6th through to the 10th along with Manitoba employers and conducted interviews with individuals who can demonstrate qualifying skills in the following areas: 

Long Haul Transport Drivers (HGV Drivers)
Heavy Equipment Service Technicians

Employment opportunities are available to qualified and interested candidates that complies with these requirements.

  • Are between the age of 21 – 45
  • have completed at least a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which you received a diploma, degree or certificate

Have a minimum of 3 years employment experience in the past 5 years in the related occupations listed submit an official result of an approved language test taken within the past two years showing you achieved scores equivalent to at least CLB 5

New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is temporarily opening the Expression of Interest (EOI) process to applicants who have attended an information session in the previous 24 months (since September 1, 2015) and who also are in one of the priority occupations listed below 

Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
Computer network technician (2281)
Software engineers and designers (2173)
Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
Licensed practical nurses (3233)
Cooks (6322)
Restaurant and food service managers (0631)
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (1311)
Managers in health care (0311)
Retail sales supervisors (6211)
Financial auditors and accountants (1111)