Provincial Nomination Programs

Provincial Nomination Programs

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About the Provincial Nomination Programs

The Canadian government has worked out an agreement in which the local provinces can nominate immigrants wishing to settle in their locality. In order to obtain a visa via the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), you must first choose the province where you wish to live and go through its nomination process. The province will then consider your application based on its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there. The following provinces and territories are included under the PNP:

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island

The Province of Quebec does not participate in the PNP. Their point system is also different to that used for the other visas offered to the rest of Canada.

Provincial Nomination Program categories include: Skilled Worker (professional); Business Immigration; International Graduate; Family; Semi-Skilled Worker; Farmer; Strategic Recruitment; and Community. Each province or territory offers a different selection of these programs and also chooses their own criterion for each program category to suit the specific employment needs of the locality.  

NOTE: On January 1, 2015, the Canadian government launched its new "Express Entry" system for immigration to Canada. Although the Express Entry immigration system was created to more efficiently select skilled foreign workers for certain "economic immigration" programs (i.e., Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class Program), the Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) is also affected by Express Entry. Starting in 2015, Canadian provincial and territorial governments will be able to review the profiles of skilled foreign workers who have registered with Canada's Job Bank and may "nominate" many of them for Canadian immigration through the Provincial Nominees Program (PNP). To learn more about the Express Entry Canadian immigration system please contact our office directly.

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