Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNPs) provide a route to Canadian permanent residence for people who want to settle in a specific Canadian province or territory. Each Canadian province and territory governs its own PNP that serves its specific economic and demographic needs.
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Each year, the Canadian government enlarges its pool of invitations for provincial nominee program candidates. These programs provide a quick route to economic immigration in Canada.
Each province, with the exception of Quebec, manages several PNP streams. These streams are drafted by respective provinces in order to meet the specific needs of every province and hence the eligibility matrix varies greatly across provinces. The Canadian federal government has the final -in approving all decisions to the Permanent Residency and the provinces alone cannot govern the decision of bestowing Canadian Permanent Residency. Hence, the provincial programs are considered to be the “nominee” programs.

    Obtaining a Canadian PR is a 2-step process. A successful application to provincial nominee program leading to a nomination by the province and submission of the application for PR to the federal government. Once the federal government approves, the applicant will receive an Invitation to Apply

    Provinces and Territories

    Every Canadian province and territory manages its unique Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) designed to serve its immigration goals – business or economic. Application requirements and procedures vary greatly between provinces, so interested applicants should turn to each of the provinces in order to establish their eligibility.

    The easiest way to find out if your eligible and to know more is by taking to experts.

    Situated in western Canada, the province of Alberta is the centre of agricultural production for Canada. The province hosts vast oil reserves, culminating in a booming provincial oil industry. It hosts the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, and shares its boundary on the west by Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.

    Important Update

    Starting June 14th, 2018, Alberta introduced two new PNP streams: the Alberta Express Entry stream and Alberta Opportunity stream. The province shut two of its previously existing streams: the Alberta Strategic Recruitment Stream and the Alberta Employer-Driven Stream. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:

    • Alberta Opportunity Stream

    • Alberta Express Entry

    Alberta Self-Employed Farmer

    As well, the province has announced that it would be closing two previously existing streams in June 2018:

    • Alberta Strategic Recruitment

    • Alberta Employer-Driven

    • Alberta Opportunity Stream

    The Alberta Opportunity Stream was launched in June 2018. This stream targets prospective immigrants who are already working in Alberta and who have an official offer of employment from their Alberta employer to continue working full-time in the province. Candidates for this stream must meet a range of eligibility criteria regarding work experience, job offer, language proficiency, and education

      Alberta Express Entry Stream

      The Alberta Express Entry stream was launched in June 2018. The stream allows the province to offer provincial nominations to the few candidates with active profiles in the federal Express Entry system. Alberta will automatically consider profiles in the federal Express Entry pool. While the exact selection criteria is unknown, AINP states that it will seek candidates who can demonstrate strong ties to Alberta and who can support regional economic development, diversification and local businesses.

      Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination through this stream will bump up their CRS scores by a 600-points, thereby considerably enhancing their probability to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the subsequent Express Entry draw.

        AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream

        The Alberta Self-Employed Farmer stream targets prospective immigrants with extensive experience of owing and managing a farm and who have the necessary financial bandwidth to launch a new farming operation in Alberta. Candidates for this stream must consult with the province and submit a highly detailed proposal outlining their plan to launch a new agricultural farm in Alberta.

          Situated in Canada’s west coast, British Columbia is recognized for its seamless natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean thereby making it an attractive destination to immigrate

          The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), provides a multitude of options for prospective candidates to obtain Canadian Permanent Residence. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province manages multiple immigration streams via two broad categories:

          • British Columbia Skills Immigration

          • British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration

          BC Skills Immigration

          British Columbia Skills Immigration targets applicants who have the skills to contribute to BC’s workforce. The routes within BC Skills Immigration emphasize immigrants who have employment prospects in BC and who demonstrate the experience needed to secure and maintain employment as BC residents.

          • British Columbia Skilled Worker

          • British Columbia Healthcare Professional

          • British Columbia International Graduate

          • British Columbia International Post-Graduate

          • British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker (ELSS)

          British Columbia Express Entry

          Candidates do not necessarily have to meet the eligibility criteria for Express Entry to apply to the BC Skills Immigration streams. However, most of the programs in BC Skills Immigration offer an accelerated route to permanent residence for eligible candidates who have an active Express Entry profile. Refer to the application procedure of each stream to determine whether it offers an Express Entry pathway.

          BC Entrepreneur Immigration

          British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration targets prospective candidates and foreign companies who have demonstrated track records of success in business ownership, management, and investment. Individual entrepreneurs with significant personal net worth and international corporations with high annual revenues may immigrate to BC through the establishment of new enterprises in the province

          • British Columbia Entrepreneur

          • British Columbia Entrepreneur Regional Pilot

          • British Columbia Strategic Projects

          BC PNP Tech

          BC PNP Tech targets skilled prospective candidates working in one of BC’s much sought after tech occupations. The Tech program is oriented with BC Skills Immigration, so prospective candidates should review the different streams contained within the Skills Immigration category. BC PNP Tech enables eligible prospective candidates to receive quick processing and additional resources through applications.

          The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a cluster of immigration pathways enabling prospective candidates to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, recent graduates, and agricultural entrepreneurs.

          The province operates several immigration streams divided among four categories:

          • Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM)

          • Skilled Workers Overseas (SWO)

          • International Education Stream (IES)

          • Business Investor Stream (BIS)

          Please note that the province underwent changes throughout 2018. Please Refer to the MPNP Renewal details, listed below, for more details or rather talk to our experts.

          Skilled Workers in Manitoba

          Skilled Workers in Manitoba includes three immigration streams designed to target workers who have obtained employment experience or offers of employment in Manitoba. Candidates for this stream must be currently working and living in Manitoba at the time of their application, or, in select cases, they may be invited to apply after attending a recruitment session with MPNP abroad.

          • Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream

          • Manitoba Experience Pathway – Coming soon

          • Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway – Coming soon

          Skilled Workers Overseas

          Skilled Workers Overseas constitutes three immigration streams designed to target skilled workers who have the ability to join Manitoba’s work force and adapt to the lifestyle there. All streams of this category prioritize workers who have experience in Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations.

          • Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas Stream

          • Manitoba Express Entry Pathway

          • Manitoba Human Capital Pathway – Coming soon

          International Education Stream

          The International Education Stream (IES) targets fresher graduates from designated post-secondary institutions situated in the province of Manitoba. Candidates for this category must have some amount of work experience or business management experience from the province, either completed post-graduation or during their graduation as part of an interim assignment or internship. There are three options available within this stream:

          • Manitoba Career Employment Pathway

          • Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway

          • Manitoba Student Entrepreneur Pathway

          Business Investor Stream

          Manitoba’s Business Investor Stream (BIS) is a collection of two immigration streams designed for individuals with business management experience who wish to launch a new business endeavour in Manitoba. The entrepreneurial stream is for general entrepreneurs with business proposals in a range of sectors, while the farm investor stream is designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the farming sector.

          • Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway

          • Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway

          The province of New Brunswick is located on Canada’s east coast on the Atlantic Ocean. The province plays host to a number of unique Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) designed to attract and retain newcomers who will be able to fill gaps in the workforce and contribute meaningfully to local economies and communities.

          The province operates several immigration streams:

          • New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream

          • New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream

          • New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

          • New Brunswick Skilled Workers with Employer Support

          • New Brunswick Skilled Workers with Family Support – Terminated

          The province of New Brunswick regularly organizes events overseas for prospective candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada. Please refer to our schedule of upcoming New Brunswick information sessions and job fairs. Those who are successful through these information sessions will be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the New Brunswick PNP or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

          New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream

          The New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS) provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly skilled individuals who have expressed an interest in the stream. This program is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration system, enabling successful applicants to receive expedited processing on their immigration applications.

          New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream (closed)

          Note: As of October 18th, 2018, this program was temporarily closed and will not be accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs).

          This program is expected to reopen in the future. The New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream targets experienced business owners or senior business managers who are willing to invest in a New Brunswick business which they will manage. In order to qualify, applicants must have a significant net worth and be willing to use their business management experience to start a new business or purchase an existing business in New Brunswick.

          Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

          The New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream targets recent graduates of New Brunswick universities and colleges who have started or bought a New Brunswick business and operated it for at least one year. If an applicant meets these requirements and intends to settle in New Brunswick permanently, they may qualify for a provincial nomination through this stream.

          Skilled Workers with Employer Support Stream

          The New Brunswick Skilled Workers with Employer Support Stream targets high skilled foreign workers with a valid job offer from a New Brunswick employer.

          Skilled Workers with Family Support Stream - Terminated

          The New Brunswick Skilled Workers with Family Support Stream targeted high skilled foreign workers who are currently working in New Brunswick and who have a close relative in the province. The program was terminated in February, 2018.

          Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

          New Brunswick participates in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). The AIPP is a economic growth initiative developed in partnership between the federal government and Canada’s Atlantic provinces. AIPP facilitates the immigration process for newcomers who have obtained a job offer from a designated employer in the Atlantic region.

          Riding a wave of growth thanks to its energy and natural resources, Newfoundland is seeking the talents of skilled workers and post-graduates to continue the upward trend of this Atlantic province’s economy.

          The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) provides prospective immigrants with in-demand skills and experience the opportunity to become a part of this eastern province’s growing workforce through its Express Entry Skilled Worker, Skilled Worker, and International Graduate streams of immigration.

          Express Entry Skilled Worker

          Skilled workers of NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B occupations with a guaranteed employment offer who are in the federal Express Entry pool may be eligible to apply for the Express Entry Skilled Worker stream of NLPNP.

          Skilled Worker

          The Skilled Worker stream of NLNP welcomes experienced workers of all NOC Skill Levels with a guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer to apply for provincial nomination. The applicant must have a specialized skill set that meets the needs of the employer from which they receive a full-time job offer.

          International Graduate

          Graduates from eligible post-secondary institutions who choose to remain in Canada on a Post-Graduate Work Permit may be eligible to apply for the NLNP International Graduate program. Graduates must either be currently employed or have received a job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer that relates to their field of study.

          International Entrepreneur Category

          This category is designed for prospective candidates with experience owning and managing businesses who wish to invest in purchasing and managing a business in Newfoundland & Labrador. Applicants must have business management experience and a significant personal net worth.

          With more than one million square kilometers of land and a population of just over 40,000 people, making it the most populous northern territory in Canada, the Northwest Territories boast a wealth of immigration opportunities for foreign workers and entrepreneurs.
          The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways that provide an opportunity for prospective candidates to become Canadian permanent residents.

          The NTNP targets workers in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations through employer-driven immigration streams. Its business-driven counterpart, on the other hand, seeks entrepreneurs and business owners from all sectors to create and establish new businesses in this remote northern region.
          The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:

          • Northwest Territories Express Entry

          • Northwest Territories Employer Driven

          • Northwest Territories Business Driven

          Northwest Territories Express Entry

          This stream gives skilled workers in the federal Express Entry pool the opportunity to partake in an accelerated permanent residence application. Candidates must have a job offer from an eligible Northwest Territories employer.

          Northwest Territories Employer Driven

          The Northwest Territories Employer Driven streams provide opportunities for prospective candidates with experience in occupations classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, B, C, or D and a full-time, permanent job offer from a qualified employer.

          • Critical Impact Worker

          • Skilled Worker

          Northwest Territories Business Driven

          The Northwest Territories Business Driven streams provide opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs wishing to create a new business in the Northwest Territories. While the program accepts applications from all economic sectors, businesses that offer a significant benefit to the Northwest Territories economy, or who introduce a new product altogether, will be given priority when applying for provincial nomination.

          • Entrepreneur

          • Self-Employed (Terminated)

          Nova Scotia

          The province of Nova Scotia is located on Canada’s east coast on the Atlantic Ocean. The province plays host to a number of unique Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) designed to attract and retain newcomers who will be able to fill gaps in the workforce and contribute meaningfully to local economies and communities.

          The province operates several immigration streams:

          • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

          • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

          • Nova Scotia Skilled Worker

          • Nova Scotia Physicians

          • Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

          • Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur

          • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

          • Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand

          Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

          The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream targets highly skilled individuals who will be able to join and contribute to Nova Scotia’s economy. In order to qualify, candidates must either have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, or have work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s in-demand occupations. This program is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration system, enabling successful applicants to receive expedited processing on their immigration applications.

          Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

          The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream targets highly skilled individuals who intend to live and work in Nova Scotia permanently. In order to qualify, candidates must have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation. This program is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration system, enabling successful applicants to receive expedited processing on their immigration applications.

          Nova Scotia Skilled Worker

          The Nova Scotia Skilled Worker stream enables Nova Scotia employers to recruit foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are needed in Nova Scotia. If a skilled worker receives a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, they may be able to submit an application through this stream in order to facilitate their immigration process.

          Nova Scotia Physicians

          The Nova Scotia Physicians stream enables Nova Scotia to nominate individuals with a valid job offer from a Nova Scotia health organization. The stream is designed to help public health organizations in the province address critical labour needs.

          Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

          The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Stream targets experienced business owners or senior business managers who are willing to invest in a Nova Scotia business which they will manage. In order to qualify, applicants must have a significant net worth and be willing to use their business management experience to start a new business or purchase an existing business in Nova Scotia. After operating their Nova Scotia business for one year, applicants may be nominated for permanent resident status.

          Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur

          The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream targets recent graduates of Nova Scotia universities and colleges who have started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least one year. If an applicant meets these requirements and intends to settle in Nova Scotia permanently, they may qualify for a provincial nomination through this stream.

          Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

          The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream targets Express Entry candidates with work experience in extremely high-demand positions in the province. As of August 2018, this stream is only accepting applications from those with experience as Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (NOC 4214).

          Located in central Canada, the province of Ontario is the most popular destination for new immigrants to Canada. The province hosts the city of Toronto, Canada’s economic hub, as well as the nation’s capital city, Ottawa.

          The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling prospective candidates to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:

          • Ontario Human Capital

          • Ontario Employer Job Offer

          • Ontario Business

          Ontario Human Capital

          Ontario Human Capital encompasses a range of immigration streams targeting candidates for Ontario’s labour force. The Human Capital streams emphasize skills, abilities, or experience which suggest a foreign national can easily join the Ontario labour force. Those who have work or educational experience in Ontario, those who are proficient in both English and French, and those with competitive Express Entry profiles may find success through one of these streams.

          • Human Capital Priorities – Express Entry

          • French-Speaking Skilled Worker – Express Entry

          • Skilled Trades – Express Entry

          • Masters Graduate

          • PhD Graduate

          Ontario Employer Job Offer

          Ontario Employer Job Offer streams provide immigration options for applicants who have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer. Both the employer and the job itself must meet certain conditions in order to be considered valid. As well, the applicant must meet certain eligibility requirements depending on which stream they wish to apply through.

          • Foreign Worker

          • International Student with a Job Offer

          • In-Demand Skills

          Ontario Business

          Ontario Business immigration is a collection of streams designed to target wealthy entrepreneurs and corporations who are interested in making significant investments in business development in Ontario. Through this program, entrepreneurs and corporations with proven track records of success can launch new business projects in Ontario. If these projects are successful, the applicants involved will be nominated for Canadian permanent residence.

          • Entrepreneur

          • Corporate (Closed)

          • Investor (Closed)

          Despite Prince Edward Island’s small size and population, the Atlantic island province boasts incredible coastal culture with booming tourism, fishing, and agricultural industries.

          The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways that target immigrants with business acumen, skilled workers, and young graduates who are fresh from post-secondary education.

          The PEI PNP gives prospective newcomers the chance to receive a provincial nomination through one of its many immigration streams, which may fast-track their path to Canadian permanent residence. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:

          • PEI Express Entry

          • PEI Labour Impact

          • PEI Business Impact

          PEI Express Entry

          Prospective immigrants who are in the federal Express Entry pool and have expressed their interest of living and working in Prince Edward Island may be eligible for PEI Express Entry. Candidates must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration classes, however only applicants whose skills and experience match the province’s current labour needs will be considered for Express Entry PNP.

          Business Impact

          Whether establishing a business with 100% ownership or investing in a new or established PEI business, individuals wishing to immigrate to Canada on a business visa may take advantage of the Business Impact stream of the PEI PNP. They may also choose to obtain a work permit by investing in a PEI business, which will provide a faster transition to their new life in Canada and PEI.

          • Work Permit

          • 100% Ownership (closed)

          • Partial Ownership (closed)

          Labour Impact

          Foreign workers and recent graduates are welcome to apply for provincial nomination via one of Prince Edward Island’s Labour Impact streams. These programs give individuals who have already been hired by a PEI employer the opportunity to access an accelerated path to permanent residency should they receive PEI PNP.

          • Skilled Workers in PEI

          • Skilled Workers Outside Canada

          • Critical Worker

          • International Graduate

          Located in Western Canada’s prairie region, the province of Saskatchewan is one of the hubs of agricultural production in Canada. Rich in farmlands, the province hosts two major Canadian cities, Regina and Saskatoon.

          The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling prospective candidates to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, workers with job offers, and entrepreneurs. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:

          • Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker

          • Saskatchewan Experience

          • Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm

          Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker

          Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker encompasses three immigration streams designed to target skilled workers who have the ability to join Saskatchewan’s work force and adapt easily to life in the province. Some streams prioritize workers who have experience in sectors experiencing labour shortages, while other streams target workers with employment offers from Saskatchewan employers.

          • Saskatchewan Express Entry

          • Saskatchewan Employment Offer

          • Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupation

          Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm

          Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm is a collection of two immigration streams designed for individuals with business management experience who wish to launch a new business endeavour in Saskatchewan. The entrepreneurial stream is for general entrepreneurs with business proposals in a range of sectors, while the farm owner and operator stream is designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the farming sector.

          • Saskatchewan Entrepreneur

          • Saskatchewan Farm Owners and Operators

          Saskatchewan Experience

          Saskatchewan Experience encompasses five immigration streams designed to target workers who have already gained employment experience in Saskatchewan. As well, workers in these streams must have an offer of employment from a Saskatchewan employer to continue working in the province. Certain streams prioritize workers with experience in certain sectors which are experiencing labour shortages in the province.

          • Saskatchewan Existing Work Permit

          • Saskatchewan Health Professionals

          • Saskatchewan Hospitality Sector Project

          • Saskatchewan Long-Haul Truck Driver Project

          • Saskatchewan Students

          With a population of just over 30,000 people, the Yukon labor market is in express need for foreign skilled workers to fill the high demand for skilled and semi-skilled occupations.

          The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling prospective candidates to become Canadian permanent residents. The Yukon territory operates several immigration streams:

          • Yukon Skilled Worker

          • Yukon Express Entry

          • Yukon Critical Impact Worker

          • Yukon Business Nominee

          • Yukon Community Pilot

          Yukon Skilled Worker

          The Yukon Skilled Worker stream gives prospective candidates with skilled work experience and a valid job offer from a Yukon employer an opportunity to receive a provincial nomination. Receiving a provincial nomination from this stream allows the candidate to apply directly for Canadian permanent residence from IRCC.

          Yukon Express Entry

          The Yukon Express Entry stream gives applicants with an active Express Entry profile and a valid job offer from a Yukon employer an opportunity to apply for a provincial nomination from Yukon. This program is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration system, enabling successful applicants to receive expedited processing on their immigration applications.

          Yukon Critical Impact Worker

          The Yukon Critical Impact Worker stream gives qualified workers with semi-skilled work experience and a valid job offer from a Yukon employer an opportunity to receive a provincial nomination. Receiving a provincial nomination from this stream allows the candidate to apply directly for Canadian permanent residence from IRCC.

          Yukon Community Pilot

          The Yukon Community Pilot (YCP) is a new stream of the Yukon Nominee Program. This pilot was created to address the specific economic and labour market needs of the Yukon. Qualified candidates will be granted a 2-year location-restricted open work permit.

          Yukon Business Nominee

          The Yukon Business Nominee stream provides a pathway to permanent residence for individuals with business and entrepreneurial experience who are interested in owning and operating a business in the Yukon. Applicants must have a minimum personal net worth of $500,000 CAD, in addition to meeting other program requirements.

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