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Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) allows provinces to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Provincial Nomination is an important fast-track option for Canadian Permanent Residency.

Each Canadian province and one territory have their own unique Provincial Nomination Programs (except for Quebec, which has a different selection system).

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.

Watch this video for a brief overview of Provincial Nomination from Attorney David Cohen:



Participating provinces/territories sign agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that allow the provinces to directly select immigrants who meet the requirements they have established.

Interested in Business (Entrepreneur) Immigration? This table allows you to compare all the PNP entrepreneur categories at a glance.

Browse PNP's by province/territory to see which is best suited to you:

  • Compulsory and Optional Tradespersons
  • Engineers
  • Post-Graduate Workers
  • Skilled Workers
  • International Graduates
  • Semi-Skilled Workers
  • Self-Employed Workers
  • Farmers
  • Skilled Workers
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • International Graduates
  • Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Workers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Regional Entrepreneurs
  • Strategic Projects
  • Regional Businesses
  • Workers in BC Northeast Development Region
  • Workers by invitiation
  • Skilled Workers
  • Family and Friend Connections
  • Manitoba Experience Connections
  • Skilled Workers
  • Existing Work Permit Holders
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Hospitality Professionals
  • Long-Haul Truck Drivers
  • International Students
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Farmers
  • Business Investors
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • Skilled Workers with Family Support
  • Regional Labour Market Demand Workers
  • Skilled Workers
  • Family Business Workers
  • Skilled Workers
  • International Students
  • Investors
  • Skilled Workers
  • Critical Impact Workers
  • Business Investors (100% and Partial Ownership)
  • Skilled Workers
  • International Graduates
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Skilled Workers
  • Critical Impact Workers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Self-Employed Workers
  • Skilled Workers
  • Critical Impact Workers
  • Business Investors

Browse PNP's by immigration category to decide in which province/territory you could qualify for Provincial Nomination:

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.

The Province of Quebec, where Montreal is located, does not participate in the Provincial Nomination Program. Rather, 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 who indicate their intention to reside in that province.

Processing Times
Provincial Nomination Program Processing Times vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another.

For more information on the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP), see our Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) FAQ.

Learn more about the Canadian Immigration Process - Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP).

Learn more about Canadian provinces and territories.

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