October Roundup of Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs sees immigration totals rise to 67,800

February 9, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

October’s Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs are not only the most popular but the easiest and most accessible ways to immigrate to Canada. This year, 67,800 skilled workers have already received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for residence in Canada while over 4,000 newcomers were awarded Provincial nominations. Although there were plenty of opportunities available to a wide range of candidates with varying degrees of qualification and skills, the application process can be both complicated and intricate. Application requirements are strict, and although it is possible to apply directly to the Canadian immigration system, the risk of having your application rejected is far greater. This is why so many successful applicants leave their visa and immigration applications in the trusted hands of regulated and accredited immigration professionals. The Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs have not only opened up more avenues for those wanting to apply for Canadian permanent residency but have helped to speed up the application process as well as making it more accessible to potential immigrants. Below, we have rounded up October’s draws and highlighted which occupations remain highly in demand in provinces such as Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island.

October Express Entry Draw Roundup

woman holding Canadian flag in front of river and Canadian Rockies The number of Express Entry ITAs issued in October has been slightly less consistent than previous draws in 2019, however, did see record-breaking total in its first draw in October. Express Entry draw #127, held on October 2, saw 3,900 invitations issued with a minimum CRS score of 464. Candidates applying via the Express Entry System generally applied through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, with a minimum of 67 out of 100 points required to qualify. The latest draw, held on October 16, only saw 500 invitations issued however it was a targeted draw, only inviting candidates who applied through the Federal Skilled Trades Program. This shows that Canada is in need of skilled foreign workers possessing trade skills. Candidates with a CRS score as low as 357, work experience and qualifications in trades such as cooks, butchers, and those in the industrial electrical, construction and manufacturing sectors, received invitations to immigrate to Canada. Visit our blog here for more information on the difference between the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Programs and its requirements.

October Provincial Nominee Draw Round-Up

vintage map The Provincial Nominee Program had a number of provincial draws in October.

Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) targeted registered and psychiatric nurses in their latest draw held on October 28. Candidates, all of whom had an Express Entry profile, were invited through the Labour Market Priorities Stream.


Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP) held a number of draws in October. The latest was held on October 24, issuing 922 ITAs to candidates with occupations spanning from managerial to technical and skilled trades professions. In the provincial draw, held on October 17, Saskatchewan issued 986 candidates with very specific work experience and qualifications. Those with the following occupations received ITAs:
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
  • Restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631)
  • Construction Managers (NOC 0711)
  • Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)
  • Other financial officers (NOC 1114)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
  • Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
  • Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade (NOC 6221)
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (NOC 7312)
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321)
On October 8, 559 ITAs were issued to candidates skilled in one of these 15 occupations listed on the province’s in-demand occupations list:
  • Financial managers (NOC 0111)
  • Human resource managers (NOC 0112)
  • Other administrative services managers (NOC 0114)
  • Banking credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122)
  • Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)
  • Other financial officers (NOC 1114)
  • Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
  • Administrative assistants (NOC 1221)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Architectural technologists and technicians (NOC 2251)
  • Financial sales representatives (NOC 6235)
  • Bakers (NOC 6332)
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairs (NOC 7321)
On October 2, Saskatchewan invited 610 applicants to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The great characteristic of the SINP is that a job offer and Canadian work experience is not required to be eligible, making it one of the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada.


The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (AINP) issued 115 ITAs through it’s latest draw held on October 9, to those applying through the Express Entry Stream, with scores as low as 438.

Prince Edward Island

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) issued 1,177 ITAs to candidates who applied through the provinces Express Entry and Labour Impact categories in its latest draw held on October 17. Candidates with an Expression of Interest (EOI) score as low as 122 received invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

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