Frequently asked questions about the Provincial Nominee Programs.
Most, but not all, provinces and territories of Canada participate in the Provincial Nominee Program.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who obtain an enhanced nomination from a province are awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, out of a possible total of 1,200. When these additional points are added to a candidate’s human capital and skills transferability points, it will result in an invitation to apply for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
All candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of one of the following federal economic immigration programs in order to enter and be selected from the Express Entry pool:
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
- Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Provinces and territories may add additional criteria for their own immigration streams.
Depending on the province, candidates eligible to enter the Express Entry pool may either enter the pool first and then be nominated by a province or territory, or be nominated by a province or territory before completing an online Express Entry profile and entering the Express Entry pool.
Note: As of November 19, 2016, changes will be made to the Comprehensive Ranking System. To learn more, click here.
Candidates who receive a base nomination have their applications processed outside Express Entry. The route from a successful base nomination to permanent residence is a two-step process. Candidates must first satisfy the criteria for a PNP stream, apply, and receive a nomination certificate. With this certificate in hand, candidates may apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.
- Job offer in the province
- Work experience in critical industries
- English and/or French language skills
- Close relations in that province
- Ability to adapt to life in that province
Individual Provincial Nominee Program FAQ's
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) FAQ
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) FAQ
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) FAQ
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) FAQ
- Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) FAQ
- Northwest Territories Nominee Prorgam (NTNP) FAQ
- Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) FAQ
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) FAQ
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) FAQ
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) FAQ
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) FAQ