Individual Canadian provinces and territories are given discretion over immigration applications through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada are unique to each province and territory (except for Nunavut). To ensure the development of their economies, the provinces and territories involved have signed an agreement with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to make their own immigration decisions.
Almost all PNP’s have established at least one immigration stream connected with the federal Express Entry system after it went into effect in 2015. If a candidate’s nomination falls under one of the Express Entry aligned streams, the federal government will process it in less than six months (an “Express” processing period) rather than the lengthier times required for the other non-aligned streams.
There are primarily three motivations for applicants to explore Provincial Nominee Programs for Permanent Residence:
· They are in the Express Entry pool but don’t have enough CRS points to be invited to apply (ITA).
· They are eligible for one of the province’s nomination streams since they are already in the province (having finished studies or temporarily working), which will earn them 600 points and guarantee them an ITA.
· They have received a job offer from a business in the province
Click on the appropriate link below to read more about each PNP:
There are a total of eight streams offered under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program, formerly known as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Those foreign nationals who exhibit an interest in permanently settling in the prairie province and who satisfy the program-specific criteria are granted provincial nominations.
Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC, and Entrepreneur Immigration are all components of the BC PNP. Skilled employees, overseas graduates, and other professionals with the right abilities, experience, and certifications are the primary targets of these programs.
Manitoba’s provincial immigration policy has many nomination categories for qualified professionals and their families. Renewal of the MPNP is now in progress.
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is the province’s immigration initiative, including sub-programs catering to business owners, foreign graduates, skilled workers with employer sponsorship, and federal Express Entry-eligible skilled workers.
Skilled workers, foreign graduates, and entrepreneurs who satisfy programme requirements (such as having a job or an offer of employment, intending to permanently remain in the province, and having the financial means to do so) are eligible to apply for immigration under the NLPNP.
The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s program for the nomination of eligible skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs and professionals looking to settle permanently in the province. The program has various economic immigration streams with not one, but three streams aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system.
Foreign employees, international students, business owners, and entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, experience, education, and intention to permanently settle in Ontario may be nominated for provincial nomination under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Skilled professionals, international graduates, and entrepreneurs who want to settle in and contribute economically to Prince Edward Island may be eligible for the province’s Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is the province’s designated immigration program for selecting and nominating qualified international applicants through a variety of channels, including the province’s top two immigration categories, International Skilled Worker (IW) Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand.
In terms of economic immigration, the Northwest Territories accepts applications through two primary channels: the Employer Driven and the Business. The Employer Driven channel includes three sub-channels, one of which is associated with Express Entry for skilled workers.
The official provincial immigration program in Yukon facilitates the nomination of foreign employees and businesses with worldwide experience for permanent residency in Canada by qualifying companies in the Canadian territory’s northernmost province.