Brandon started to accept applications in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). It is the second-largest city in Manitoba with a population of 48,859. It is 214 kilometres from Winnipeg, one hour from the USA and Saskatchewan borders. In the last decade, Brandon has welcomed over 7,000 newcomers from all over the world. Ottawa allocated Brandon 100 spots in the RNIP. In addition to the IRCC’s Eligibility Criteria, Brandon’s RNIP Recommendation Committee has created Community Specific Criteria. Brandon authorities will evaluate the language proficiency, community learning experience, community work experience, residency duration, spouse’s education or work experience, and adaptability.
On December 23, 2019, British Columbia conducted a new draw in the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot. This time, BC invited 52 candidates working in the 29 key technology occupations to apply for a provincial nomination in four categories: Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration – International Graduate, Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker, and Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate. The lowest score in all four categories was 90 points. This year, BC invited 1,503 Tech Pilot candidates this year. In total, the province issued 9,449 ITAs in 2019.