Provincial Nominee Programs
Permanent Residency by Provincial Nominee Programs
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) have been set up in most provinces in Canada, as agreed by the Canadian government and the local provinces. The program aims to quicken immigration processing for Canadian provinces’ needs. The Canadian government can nominate immigrants who wish to live, settle, and work in a particular Canadian province.
An applicant should first choose a Canadian province where he desires to live then apply for the nomination through the PNP to receive a Visa. Afterward, the province reviews the candidates’ applications based on their needs. It will also assess the genuine intention of the applicant to settle in the province.
Learn more about these PNP programs, their types, and different alternatives. The following are the two types of PNP programs:
- The Express Entry linked PNP program. An applicant must create his profile in the Express Entry system. Then he will receive an invitation to apply to the specific province if he qualifies.
- Apply directly to the province you are interested in applying to.
Note that there is no PNP for the province of Quebec as they have their independent immigration process.
Provinces participating in the PNP
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program run by the governments of Alberta and Canada. It nominates individuals who have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in the province; are desiring for permanent residency in Alberta.
Through the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream, foreign nationals aspiring to immigrate to New Brunswick can submit their intention and undergo assessment. An applicant should be able to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy and intend to live in the province permanently.
To qualify for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program, one of the criteria is having a job offer from an employer in the province and the ability to establish economically in Newfoundland and Labrador; to get a nomination for permanent residency.
You may immigrate to Northwest Territories through the Northwest Territories Nominee Program under the two different streams, the Employer-Driven Stream and the Business Stream.
You may submit your application for immigration to any of the available streams under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), where you may be qualified.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) handles the immigration processes of the province; foreign workers, international students, business owners, or entrepreneurs from outside of Canada can apply for permanent residence in Ontario.
There are various streams where you may qualify for the Prince Edward Island PNP program. You may visit the PEI immigration site for more details.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) also has various streams where you may qualify. Find out more information by visiting the SINP site.