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Canada immigration update: All draws in March 2021

Posted on April 1, 2021
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Canada immigration update All draws in March 2021

401,000 are to be welcomed by Canada in 2021. Many of these will be through economic immigration.

In 2021, while 108,500 will find their way into Canada through the federal express Entry system, another 80,800 will take the provincial route, that is, the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

Another up to 47,500 are expected to get their Canadian residence in 2021 through the province of Quebec, the only Canadian province that is not a part of the PNP of Canada.

Judging by the total number of Canada immigration hopefuls that have received an invitation to apply so far in 2021, the federal government of Canada is well on its way to meet the ambitious induction target that it had set foritself under the2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.

Here, we shall see all the draws – federal and provincial – conducted by Canada in March 2021. ———————————————————————————–



[I] Federal Draws in March 2021

A total of 4federal Express Entry draws were held this month.

  In 2020 In 2021
Invitations issued by date [March 31] 22,600 44,124

Express Entry Draws held in March 2021 – 4

Total ITAs issued by IRCC in March 2021 – 6,138


Sl. No. Draw No. Invited Date of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued For details







March 08, 2021


CRS 739




Canada invites 671 PNP candidates in latest EE draw








March 17, 2021


CRS 682




Express Entry: 183 ITAs issued in latest draw by IRCC








March 18, 2021


CRS 449



Express Entry: Another draw held in 2 days, CEC invited
4 #180 PNP March 31, 2021 CRS 778 284

[II] Provincial Draws in March2021

Consisting of a nomination through any of the participating provincial and territorial [PT] governments, the Canadian PNP offers a much sought-after expedited route to Canada immigration.

An individual taking the PNP route to Canada permanent residence would be expected to live within the nominatingprovince/territory on being granted their Canadian permanent residence.

There are nearly 80 immigration pathways available under the PNP, many linked with the federal Express Entry system. An Express Entry candidate that is able to secure a PNP nomination is automatically allotted 600 points towards their ranking score.

This ranking of profiles in the Express Entry pool of candidates is as per the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS].

As on March 29, 2021, there were 269 profiles with their CRS in the score range of 601 to 1,200. The total number of Express Entry profiles, on the other hand, were 165,476.

Hence, a PNP nomination is a guarantee of that Express Entry candidate being issued an invitation to apply in the next federal draw to be held.

[A] By Quebec

No draw was held by Quebec in March 2021.

Latest draw by Quebec: January 26, 2021.

Recently, the government of Quebec announced 3 new permanent immigration pilot programs.Of these, Quebec’s Pilot Program for Food Processing Workers has come into force.

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

Number of PNP invitations issued, by province –


PNP Province/Territory Total invitations in January 2021 Total invitations in February 2021 Total invitations in March 2021
Alberta 150 359 500
British Columbia 523 871 1,514
Manitoba 490 503 634
New Brunswick 0 0 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0
Nova Scotia Not disclosed 43 0
Ontario 484 1,469 880
Prince Edward Island 211 121 150
Saskatchewan 887 840 666
Yukon 0 0 0


Details of the PNP draws held in March 2021 –

Province/Territory Category/Stream Status Information of draw[s]
Alberta Express Entry 2 draws ·         March 26 – invitations issued: 300

·         March 2 – invitations issued: 200 [minimum score required: 301]


British Columbia Skills Immigration [SI], Express Entry BC [EEBC] 8 draws ·         March 30 – invitations issued: 330

·         March 30 – invitations issued: 44 [only to NOC* 0621, NOC 0631]

·         March 23 – invitations issued: 95 [Tech Pilot draw]

·         March 16 – invitations issued: 428

·         March 16 – invitations issued 78 [only to NOC*0621, NOC 0631]

·         March 9– invitations issued: 95 [Tech Pilot draw]

·         March 2–invitations issued: 418

·         March 2–invitations issued: 26 [only to NOC*0621, NOC 0631]

Manitoba Skilled Workers in Manitoba, International Education Stream, Skilled Workers Overseas 2 draws ·         March 25 [EOI Draw #111]: invitations issued – 335 [includes 49 Express Entry candidates]

·         March 11 [EOI Draw #110]: invitations issued –299 [includes 35 Express Entry candidates]

New Brunswick Express Entry No update for this month
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
Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker [FSSW] Stream, Human Capital Priorities [HCP] stream 2 draws ·         March 3– invitations issued: 126

·         March 2– invitations issued: 754

Ontario PNP has introduced an EOI system for 5 OINP streams.

Prince Edward Island [PEI] Labour & Express Entry, Business Work Permit 1 draw held March 18 – invitations issued: 150
Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand 2 drawsheld ·         March 24 – invitations issued: 418

·         March 11 – invitations issued: 248


*National Occupational Classification [NOC] matrix.

One of the most popular countries for migrate overseas, Canada also finds its place among the Top 3 countriesfor immigration post-COVID-19.

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