Canada Issues 24,720 New PR Invitations In August 2023

Last Updated On 1 September 2023, 11:19 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

Canada sent out 24,720 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR) in 36 new rounds of invitations under various Canadian immigration programs during the month of August 2023.

This is an almost 55% increase in the total number of invitations for permanent residency as compared to the total invitations sent in July 2023.

During the month of August 2023, Ontario issued the most PR invitations, followed by the Express Entry draws and provincial nominee programs of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island.

Below is a summary of new permanent residency invitations issued in the month of August 2023.

Ontario PNP Draws Summary

The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program or Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) sent out a whopping 9,906 invitations in three Express Entry draws and nine Expression of Interest draws.

To be clear for the readers, interested candidates need to create a profile with OINP to be considered for Expression of Interest draws.

However, OINP Express Entry draws directly invites profiles from the Express Entry pool based on Ontario’s labour market needs.

5,679 out of 9,906 OINP invitations this month went out to Express Entry profiles, offering them provincial nominations that will bestow 600 additional points.

The rest of the invitations were sent in OINP Expression of Interest (EOI) draws, as listed below:

Click here for details on all the latest Ontario PNP draws.

Express Entry Draw Summary

In August 2023, Express Entry only announced four new rounds of invitations, sending out 8,600 PR invitations as compared to 9,600 in the month of July 2023.

However, this month was better for profiles created in all the different programs of the Express Entry system, with the no program specified draw sending the most, with 6,300 invitations to apply and the CRS cutoff ranging from 496 to 517.

We also witnessed the first targeted Express Entry draw for 10 Trade occupations, announcing the lowest CRS cutoff score of 388.

There was a small Francophile draw, inviting 800 profiles with a CRS cutoff score of 435.

We hope to see transportation and Agri-targeted Express Entry draws in the coming months, as well as repetition of STEM and healthcare-targeted rounds of invitations.

Click here for more details on the latest Express Entry draws and the next draw prediction.

Manitoba PNP Draws Summary

Manitoba continues to issue the third-highest number of invitations for permanent residency in the month of August 2023, after OINP and Express Entry.

On the last day of August, Manitoba PNP announced the first of its kind region-specific draw for Skilled Workers in Manitoba intending to reside outside the Winnipeg Area.

The cutoff score was the lowest at 600 in this August 31st MPNP draw.

Below is the summary of Manitoba PNP Draws announced in August 2023:

Saskatchewan PNP Summary

The Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program or Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) also introduced a first of its kind, never done before in the history of Canadian immigration, that is, country-targeted PNP draws.

SINP sent out 1,384 invitations to apply for permanent residency under the Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry streams, targeting applicants from eight countries with the lowest cutoff score ever of 60.

60 is the minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score required to even qualify to create a profile with SINP.

These countries are India, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, and Ukraine.

Click here for full details on the latest Saskatchewan PNP Draws.

British Columbia PNP Draws Summary

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 861 new invitations for permanent residency as compared to 731 in July 2023 under various categories.

Each week, the province of British Columbia continues to alternate between general and targeted PNP rounds of invitations.

Early Childhood Educators or individuals having experience in Healthcare occupations continue to receive invitations at the lowest cutoff scores.

Below is the summary of BC PNP draws in August 2023:

Click here for more details on the latest BC PNP Draws.

Quebec Arrima Draws Summary

Quebec again held only one Arrima draw on August 10th, 2023, inviting 1,384 profiles for permanent residency.

This round of invitations targeted Arrima profiles with oral French proficiency of level 7 or higher and a score of 591 or higher according to the Quebec score calculator.

Compared to the previous Quebec Arrima draw on July 20, 2023, this threshold score decreased by only 5 points.

Quebec has issued 8,489 invitations to apply in nine rounds of the Arrima draws this year.

Click here for more details on the latest Quebec Arrima draws.

Alberta Express Entry Draws Summary

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) held seven Express Entry draws in August 2023, compared to only three in July 2023.

A total of 815 Express Entry profiles have been invited to claim provincial nominations and grab the opportunity to boost their CRS score by 600 points.

Alberta had already issued 7,121 nomination certificates across all categories as of August 29, 2023.

Below is a summary of all the AAIP Express Entry draws in August 2023:

Click here for the most recent information about Alberta Express Entry draws.

Prince Edward Island PNP Draws Summary

Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, invited a total of 222 candidates in three provincial nominee program draws, as listed below:

To date, in 2023, the PEI PNP has issued a total of 1,861 invitations to apply for permanent residency across all categories.

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