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Canada immigration update: All draws in January 2021

Posted on February 2, 2021
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Canada immigration update: All draws in January 2021As per the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan of Canada, more than 4 lakh immigrants are to be welcomed by Canada annually.

Of the 401,000 overall planned permanent resident admissions in 2021, a majority – that is, 108,500 – are to be federal skilled that are to be inducted via the federal Express Entry system.

Another 80,800 are expected to gain their Canadian permanent residence in 2021 through the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

Quebec, on the other hand, will be welcoming around 47,500 newcomers in 2021.

In January 2021, regular draws – provincial as well as federal – were held throughout the month. The province of Quebec too held an Arrima draw towards the end of the month.

[I] Federal Draws in January 2021

A total of 4 Express Entry draws were held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] in January 2021.

No all-program Express Entry draw was held this month.

IRCC held program-specific draws instead, alternating between those with a provincial nomination through any of the Express Entry linked PNP streams and those with Canadian experience [that is, eligible for the Canadian Experience Class or CEC].

Express Entry Draws held in January 2021 – 4

Total ITAs issued by IRCC in January 2021 – 10,000 

Sl. No. Draw No. Invited Date of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued For details
1 #171 PNP January 6, 2021 CRS 813 250 Canada holds first Express Entry draw of 2021
2 #172 CEC January 7, 2021 CRS 461 4,750 Express Entry: 4,750 invited with Canadian experience
3 #173 PNP January 20, 2021 CRS 741 374 Express Entry: 374 invited with a PNP nomination
4 #174 CEC January 21, 2021 CRS 454 4,626 Canada holds second Express Entry draw within 2 days

[II] Provincial Draws in January 2021

Each of the provincial pathways to Canada PR specifically targets a specific class of immigrants.

As per IRCC, the PNP is for workers that have –

  • The education, work experience and skills required for being able to contribute to the economy of a particular province or territory,
  • The intention of living within that province or territory, and
  • An intention of taking up Canada PR.

Provinces and territories that operate a PNP can nominate individuals through either – [1] paper-based application process for ‘base’ nominations, or [2] electronic application [e-application] process for Express Entry linked ‘enhanced’ nominations.

A provincial nomination fetches an Express Entry candidate 600 additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score. Hence, a PNP nomination is a guarantee of the individual being invited to apply for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draw.

[II] Provincial invitations 

[A] By Quebec

Quebec has invited a total of 95 immigration candidates in Arrima draw held on January 26, 2021. This is the 14th Arrima draw to be held by Quebec.

Date of Arrima draw Total invitations issued
January 26, 2021 95

Quebec is the only Canadian province that is not a part of the PNP of Canada.

[B] Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] invitations in January 2021

Number of PNP invitations issued, by province – 

PNP Province/Territory Total invitations in January 2021
Alberta 150
British Columbia 523
Manitoba 490
New Brunswick 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0
Northwest Territories 0
Nova Scotia Not disclosed
Ontario 484
Prince Edward Island 211
Saskatchewan 887
Yukon 0

 Details of the provincial draws held in January 2021 – 

PROVINCE / TERRITORY CATEGORY / STREAM STATUS DRAW INFORMATION
Alberta Express Entry 2 draw held
British Columbia Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC 4 draws held
Manitoba Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas 2 draws held
  • January 28 [EOI Draw #107] – invitations issued: 218
New Brunswick Express Entry No update for this month Postponed
Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry & Other Program No update For this month No invitations issued so far this year
A new stream – Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador – launched in January 2021.
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Express Entry 1 draw held January 19 [NOC 1114 invited] – invitations issued: not disclosed
Ontario Skilled Trades Stream, French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream 1 draw held January 13 – total invitations: 484
Prince Edward Island Labour & Express Entry, Business Work Permit 1 draw held in December January 21 – total invitations: 211
Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand 2 draws held in December
Yukon

Along with leading the list of the Top 10 most-accepting countries for migrants, Canada is also the most popular country for migrate overseas.

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