Provincial nomination is an important fast-track option for Canadian permanent residence.

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.

Each Canadian province (except Quebec, which has a different selection system) and two territories have their own unique Provincial Nominee Programs. Participating provinces and territories sign agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that allow them to select immigrants who meet the requirements that they have set forth.

Provincial and territorial governments have been using these programs to more effectively and efficiently welcome newcomers to their region. Each PNP is tailored to the province's/territory's specific needs to select nominees who will be able to settle into life and work in the region and to effectively contribute to the community. As of 2015, most PNPs contain at least one immigration stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. These are known as 'enhanced' nominations; click here to learn more about how the PNPs function with respect to the Express Entry system.

 

Browse PNPs by province/territory

Alberta

A beautiful lake in the Rocky Mountains near Banff, Alberta, Canada

British Columbia

A marina in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on a clear day

Manitoba

A man paddling a kayak on a lake in Manitoba, Canada

New Brunswick

A lighthouse on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada with a sailing boat heading across the horizon

Newfoundland

A man and boy looking out across a foggy sea towards the horizon from a green headland in Newfoundland, Canada

Nova Scotia

Sunset over a lake in Nova Scotia, Canada with a long kayak moored to a short jetty in the foreground

Ontario

The skyline of Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Lake Ontario, showing the CN Tower and other large city buildings

Prince Edward Island

The sun setting behind the horizon, taken from the coast of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Saskatchewan

The city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada from across the South Saskatchewan River

Northwest Territories

The Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories, Canada

Yukon

Emerald Lake in Yukon, Canada on a beautiful summer day

 

PNP immigration streams currently available per province or territory

Express Entry

  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan
  • Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories

Skilled Worker (Professional)

  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Saskatchewan
  • Newfoundland
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon

International Graduates

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan

Business Immigration

  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Northwest Territories
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Interested in Business/Entrepreneur immigration? Click here to compare all PNP entrepreneur categories.

Family

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia

Semi-Skilled Worker

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon

 

Before submitting an application to immigrate to Canada, a nominee must first receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate from the province/territory. After a successful nomination by a province/territory, a separate application must be made to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for your Canada Immigration (permanent resident) Visa. Provincial Nominee Program processing times vary from one Canadian immigration visa office to another.

The province of Quebec, where Montreal is located, does not participate in the Provincial Nominee Program. Instead, the Governments of Quebec and Canada have entered into a series of agreements by which Quebec has established its own selection criteria for all economic immigrants with an intention to reside in Quebec.

Learn more about Canadian provinces and territories.

 

Contact us for more information about immigration to Canada through a Provincial Nominee Program or fill out a free assessment to learn more about your options for Canadian immigration.

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    On August 24, 2016, a total of 598 candidates for immigration to British Columbia, Canada were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). These ITAs were issued to a range of candidates who had previously expressed an interest in immigrating to the province. The vast majority of ITAs were issued to candidates in categories under the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), with the remaining ITAs issued to candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration stream pool.

  • Manitoba Invites 714 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada Through Provincial Nominee Program

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