Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP’s)

What Are Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)?

In addition to the federal-level immigration programs, Canada’s provinces and territories offer a different means to immigrate into Canada. These provincial nominee programs are commonly referred to as PNP. Most provinces and territories in Canada have an agreement with the federal government allowing them to nominate both qualified skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, entrepreneurs and farmers who are able to contribute to skill shortages or fill gaps in the labour market, invest in the province, become permanent residents and settle in that province.

Most of Canada’s provinces and territories have their own separate programs that target specific skills. For a person with the right skills, a PNP program can be a faster way to immigrate to Canada.

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Which Provinces And Territories Offer Immigration Via PNP?
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and labrador
  • Northwest territories
  • Nova scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Nunavut and Quebec do not offer PNP’s. However, Quebec operates a number of different immigration programs enabling eligible candidates to secure Canadian permanent residence. The federal government has granted the province of Quebec significantly more autonomy in immigration policies and procedures, which is why Quebec’s immigration programs are often treated separately from other provinces.

How To Apply For A PNP?

Provinces and territories that operate a PNP can nominate people through either of the following

  • Non-express entry application for “base” nominations (paper based):
    To be eligible, you must meet the minimum requirements of one of the province or territory’s non-express entry streams and be nominated under that stream.
  • Express entry streams:
    To be eligible, you must have an active express entry profile, meet the minimum requirements of a  province or territory’s express entry stream and be nominated under that stream.

Once you have narrowed down the province you want to live in, and based on the provincial program requirement, you must apply to be nominated.  One of the most important factors in assessing eligibility is that you must demonstrate the intent to live and work in that province. Therefore, some PNPs prioritize immigrants who have experience in occupations which are in-demand in that province while other PNPs prefer immigrants who have a connection to the province, like a relative, as this increases the chance that they will remain in the province.

With more than 80 provincial immigration streams, discovering the ideal provincial immigration pathway that best suits you may be challenging. Each province has several streams and with each stream differing requirements and eligibility criteria.

If you are not sure where to start, get in touch with us to learn more.

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