• Record number of invitations issued in the month of January by IRCC – A total of 11,150 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued in the first month of 2019 with the CRS score as low as 438.
  • The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 356 invitations to apply to skilled workers, graduates and entrepreneurs on January 30.
  • Saskatchewan has issued 596 ITAs for a provincial nomination for Canadian PR in its first Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand draws of 2019.
  • The Government of Nova Scotia has issued new invitations to apply for a nomination for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates with work experience as financial auditors or accountants on January 24, 2019 through Labor Market Priorities Stream.
  • Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issued 1,493 invitations to Express Entry candidates with ranking scores as low as 439.
  • Manitoba issued 626 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on January 17 in its first draw of 2019.
  • Prince Edward Island’s provincial nominee program held its first draw of 2019 on January 17, issuing 91 invitations to candidates through its Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories.
  • The Government of Canada has introduced a slight increase to its settlement funds requirement and is urging Express Entry candidates to ensure their profiles reflect the change. The increase raises the required minimum settlement funds by just over 1.5 per cent for each family level. For a single person arriving unaccompanied in Canada, this translates to an increase from $12,474 to $12,669.