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Canada Updates : Overview of the Express Entry and PNP Draw in September 2023

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October 10, 2023

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Canada Invites PR Candidates

In September 2023, Canada extended a total of 17,145 new invitations for permanent residency through the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. This marked a decrease of 7,575 invitations compared to the previous month, with Ontario PNP specifically issuing only 2,677 invitations this time.


Summary of all the Canada PNPs and Express Entry draws in September 2023


  • Express Entry Draws
  • Ontario PNP Draws
  • Quebec Arrima Draws
  • Manitoba PNP Draws
  • British Columbia PNP Draws
  • Alberta Express Entry draws
  • Prince Edward Island PNP Draws


In September, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a total of five Express Entry draws, resulting in 8,300 individuals receiving invitations to apply for permanent residence (PR).


During this month, the IRCC organized two successive invitation rounds without specifying a particular program, granting a total of 6,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).


  • Issued 600 invites on 28th September 2023 for Agriculture and agri-food occupations, the CRS score cutoff for which was 354.
  • Issued 500 invites on 27th September 2023 for French language proficiency, the CRS score cutoff for which was 472.
  • Issued No Program Specified 3000 invites on 26th September 2023, the CRS score cutoff for which was 504.
  • Issued 1000 invites on 20th September 2023 for Transport occupations, the CRS score cutoff for which was 435.
  • Issued No Program Specified 3200 invites on 19th September 2023, the CRS score cutoff for which was 531.


Additionally, the IRCC implemented Express Entry draws categorized by occupations related to transportation and agriculture/food for the very first time.

In 2023, Express Entry has extended a total of 86,048 invitations for individuals to apply for permanent residency.


Ontario  PNP Draw

During the month of September, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) unveiled six fresh rounds of invitations under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).Through these invitation rounds, the OINP granted a sum of 2,677 invitations for permanent residency, with the majority being allocated to candidates under the Human Capital Priorities stream.

OINP Express Entry invitations:

  • September 26, 2023
    • Invitations: 1,696
    • Human Capital Priorities stream
    • CRS score range: 350-462

Targeted draw for healthcare-related occupations

September 25, 2023

  • September 21, 2023
    • Invitations: 63
    • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
    • CRS score range: 348-434
    • General draw
  • September 19, 2023
    • Invitations: 537
    • Master’s Graduate Stream
    • CRS score range: 41 and above
  • September 7, 2023
    • Invitations: 300
    • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
    • CRS score range: 308-434
    • General draw


 In September, the Quebec Arrima draws issued a combined total of 2,451 invitations for individuals to apply for permanent residency. These invitations were distributed across two separate invitation rounds.For these draws, Quebec Arrima specifically considered profiles with a French language proficiency level of CLB 7.

Quebec Arrima Draws in September 2023:

  • Total Invitations: 2,451
  • Rounds of Invitations: 2

Criteria for Invitation:

  • CLB Level 7 in French
  • Specific criteria for each draw

Invitations in September:

Date: September 21, 2023

  • Invitations: 1,018
  • Cutoff Score: 579
  • Description: Targeted for 27 occupations

Date: September 7, 2023

  • Invitations: 1,433
  • Cutoff Score: 586
  • Description: General

Quebec has issued a total of 14,791 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the 14 Arrima rounds held this year.



The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued a total of 2,292 invitations for permanent residency in September through four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, with the following details:


  • On September 29, 2023, 42 invitations were extended as part of a special immigration measure for Ukrainians.
  • On September 28, 2023, 1,072 invitations were specifically offered to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas category.
  • On September 21, 2023, 620 invitations were distributed across all program categories.
  • On September 7, 2023, 558 invitations were extended, also encompassing all program categories.


In September 2023, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued over 834 invitations for permanent residency, with the following breakdown:

  • On September 26, 2023, 204 invitations were issued through targeted draws, focusing on Tech, Early Childhood Education (ECE), and Healthcare occupations.
  • September 19, 2023, saw 225 invitations distributed, including both general and targeted draws.
  • On September 12, 2023, 183 invitations were extended through targeted draws, again prioritizing Tech, ECE, and Healthcare occupations.
  • Finally, on September 6, 2023, 222 invitations were issued, comprising a combination of general and targeted draws.



The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) conducted four Express Entry draws in September, resulting in the issuance of 476 invitations for provincial nomination. Here are the details:


  • On September 26, 2023, 18 invitations were offered through the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, requiring an Alberta job offer and a CRS score of 300 and above, with a CRS cutoff of 311.
  • September 14, 2023, saw 142 invitations extended based on family connections and primary occupations in demand, targeting candidates with CRS scores ranging from 300 to 500, with a CRS cutoff of 301.
  • On September 12, 2023, 16 invitations were issued again through the Dedicated Healthcare Pathway, necessitating an Alberta job offer and a CRS score of 300 and above, with a CRS cutoff of 327.
  • Also, on September 12, 2023, 300 invitations were granted in the Priority sector for Tourism and hospitality occupations, requiring an Alberta job offer and a CRS score in the range of 300 to 500, with a CRS cutoff of 383.


In total, for the year 2023, Alberta has issued 3,487 invitations to apply through 37 Express Entry draws.



The invitations were exclusively distributed in a single round of invitations within the Critical Worker stream. Eligible candidates needed to be employed by a PEI employer and have a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 55.Additionally, the program also extended 4 Business Work Permit Entrepreneur invitations to profiles with a score of 80 or higher.


In total, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) has issued 2,018 permanent residency invitations so far in 2023.

Total Invitations IRCC Express Entry draws issued in 2023.


In 2023, the IRCC has issued a significant number of invitations to apply (ITAs), totaling 86,048, through the course of 31 Express Entry draws. These invitations represent numerous opportunities for individuals looking to pursue permanent residency in Canada. For those seeking professional guidance and support throughout the Canadian immigration process, SPS Canada, a renowned and successful immigration firm in Canada, can provide invaluable assistance.


Feel free to contact us for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at www.spscanada.com to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.



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