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Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a group of Canadian immigration programs run by the federal government in collaboration with individual provinces, each with its own set of standards and ‘streams’ (i.e., target groups). The goal of those program is to assist people who meet the following requirement for individuals who: have the skills, education, and work experience needed to contribute to a province or territory’s economy would like to stay in that province and become permanent residents of Canada want to reside in that province. The most popular streams under PNP are: Express Entry, Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Business Immigration.

Canada Provincial Nominee Immigration Programs Overview

Canada has a two-tiered immigration system, offering programs for skilled workers. Almost all of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories can nominate skilled worker candidates for admission to Canada with specific skills required by their local economies. Successful candidates who receive a provincial or territorial nomination can apply for Canadian permanent residence through federal immigration authorities. As a result, the provinces have an increasing role in the selection of economic immigrants. In the provinces, they also run their own categories under the Canada Express Entry System. One of the most important aspects of any provincial program is selecting candidates who will be qualified for permanent residency status.
Canadian provinces and territories and their PNPs
Each of Canada’s provinces and territories operates a unique Provincial Nominee Program. Program requirements vary greatly between provinces, and applicants need to consult each province’s PNP. Canadian provinces can nominate candidates for permanent residence under numerous streams:
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Alberta is a province in Western Canada. The economy of Alberta is based on natural resources such as oil, gas, coal and agriculture. The capital of the province is Edmonton. The majority of the population lives within 160 kilometres (100 mi) from the US border. Alberta has a large labour force and a low unemployment rate. Despite this, Alberta’s population growth rate is tied with Saskatchewan for second-lowest among provinces. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is a key component of the Alberta Economic Strategy. The AINP matches skilled workers to specific economic opportunities in the province, thereby ensuring that immigrants are integrating into their new communities and becoming active participants in the local economy. Expertise gained through work experience in another country can be applied to positions that need filling now.

How Often Does IRCC Invite Candidates to Apply for PR through the Express Entry?

On average, two or three times in a month IRCC invites candidates to apply for permanent residence in Express Entry Draws, known as Express Entry Invitation Rounds. Individual points are determinative, however, the cut-off score varies. We post the results of the latest Express Entry Draw, CRS score of the lowest-ranked candidate and the number of invitations issued on our home page.
So, candidates in the Express Entry Pool waiting for an invitation may be selected in any of the monthly Invitation Rounds.
Alberta has five immigration streams for workers and entrepreneurs:

Alberta Opportunity Stream – The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is for temporary foreign workers already working in this province, and are applying to stay on a permanent basis. The candidate must have a positive LMIA or hold one of the accepted LMIA exemption work permits. They also need to meet other minimum eligibility criteria for residency and work permit type, occupation, language, education.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream – The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream, or IGEIS, is a way for Alberta to nominate qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to establish or operate a business in Alberta. If you are one of these people and have graduated from an Alberta post-secondary institution, you can go through the IGEIS process and apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream – This stream is for people who have the money and experience to start a farm. They need to submit paperwork to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The AINP will go through all of the paperwork and make sure it makes sense for Alberta’s agriculture industry.

Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream – High-skilled international graduates who have completed a degree at an Alberta university may be eligible for this stream. The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence for international students who have graduated from an approved program at an eligible institution in Alberta, as well as those Canadians wishing to start-up business ventures in the province.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. Ontario is Canada’s most populous province accounting for nearly 40% of the country’s inhabitants. It is home to the nation’s capital city, Ottawa, and the nation’s most populous city, Toronto. Ontario has a vast range of terrain in contrast with its very small land area; from the flatlands by Lake Erie in the west to glaciated rock in the Canadian Shield in the northeast, from heavily forested areas in the north to farms along much of its southern border with Quebec. The climate varies from temperate in south-western Ontario (particularly southwest), subarctic along northeast border with Quebec, to humid continental in much of the rest of the province.

The Province of Ontario’s permanent immigration program is the Immigration Program. The Immigration Program enables internationally-trained professionals (ITPs), skilled tradespersons and international student graduates to establish themselves permanently in Ontario so they can contribute to the province’s economic growth. 

Ontario has seven open immigration streams for workers and entrepreneurs:

Ontario has seven open immigration streams for workers and entrepreneurs:

French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream – This program encourages skilled French-speaking workers with the strong English language to settle in Ontario. The stream accepts applicants with a wide range of credentials, including university degrees from outside Canada and evidence of post-secondary education obtained within Ontario or at a sanctioning body recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. 
Human Capital Priorities stream – This is an economic migration program that helps employers recruit and retain foreign workers. Foreign workers who are nominated by a participating employer through this stream will be issued a document certifying their nomination status. The Human Capital Priorities (HC) stream applies to internationally trained individuals in the following occupations: computer analysts; software engineers and designers; information systems analysts and consultants; mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries; engineering managers, industrial production managers, construction managers; general managers (except agriculture), financial auditors, accountants and investment professionals.
 
  • Skilled Trades stream – This stream seeks out foreign nationals with the necessary training and experience to become registered in a skilled trade. To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are already working in their chosen occupation or have completed an apprenticeship program. Candidates can be nominated for permanent residence after obtaining a work permit based on their registered trade from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
  • Entrepreneur stream – This program allows successful business owners to become permanent residents in exchange for making an investment in Ontario’s economy. The applicant must be able to establish that their business has generated or maintained at least one full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in the province
  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream – This program allows employers in Ontario to recruit and hire high-skilled workers from abroad with a job offer. To qualify, applicants must have at least one year of full-time skilled work experience in the past five years (or a total of 5 years if their first year was less than full-time). Foreign nationals must also demonstrate proficiency in various key skills, including English or French language proficiency and a national diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream – This stream allows employers to recruit and hire qualified international graduates from a participating Ontario post-secondary institution. The applicant must have been granted a post-graduate work permit at the time of application, or graduated in the previous six months and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream – This PNP allows employers to recruit and hire foreign nationals who have graduated from an Ontario college or university within the past year. This is a popular program and it’s advisable to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • Masters Graduate stream (closed until further notice) – This program encourages foreign nationals who have recently graduated from an Ontario university to settle in the province. The applicant must have completed a post-secondary degree at a recognized institution within the past two years, received a positive LMIA and be able to demonstrate that they speak English or French.
  • Ph.D. Graduate stream (closed until further notice) – This program is for foreign nationals who have completed a Ph.D. in Ontario. The applicant must have received a positive LMIA, be able to demonstrate that they speak English or French and be able to show that they have found employment in their field of study.
 
 

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) 

British Columbia is in the west of Canada. It is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Alberta to the east, and the U.S. state of Alaska in the south. A land-locked province, its provincial capital is Victoria but its largest city is Vancouver which is also a major metropolitan area and Canada’s third-largest city with an estimated population of 2.6 million or more.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is designed to help people immigrate to the province and bridge workforce gaps in various industries. Like all other PNPs, applicants under this program must have a provincial nomination certificate prior to applying for permanent residence.

Skills Immigration

BC PNP Skills Immigration is divided into the following categories:

  • Skilled Worker Category — This category is for individuals with an eligible job offer in a skilled occupation. Workers are required to have several years of experience in their skilled occupation.
  • Healthcare Professional Category — Canada’s provincial nominee programs offer a pathway to permanent residence for those that want to immigrate to Canada. Applicants with experience and eligible job offers, as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals may apply.
  • International Graduate Category — This category is for individuals who graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college within the last three years. To be eligible, a job offer must be obtained from a BC employer.
  • International Post-Graduate Category— This category offers a path to permanent residence for graduates of eligible BC programs in natural, applied, or health sciences.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category — This program offers permanent residency to international workers in a regional and entry-level position in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking.

Express Entry British Columbia

Express Entry BC applicants can be nominated for the PNP, and in turn receive priority processing of both their nomination application and future permanent residence status.

  • EEBC – Skilled Worker – Canada’s provincial nominee programs offer a pathway to permanent residence for people interested in immigrating to a specific province. Candidates must be nominated by an eligible employer in B.C., and have work experience, or hold at least 2 years of post-secondary education in the last 3 years.
  • EEBC – International Graduate – Candidates must be nominated by an eligible employer in British Columbia and have work experience, a post-secondary qualification, or both. Candidates with at least two years of work experience in British Columbia within the last three years will receive additional points under this stream.
  • EEBC – International Post-Graduate – Candidates nominated by a B.C. employer must have 2 years of work experience in the last 3 years and possess post-secondary education, or a combination of both qualifications.
  • EEBC – Healthcare professional – To qualify for nomination under the B.C. PNP, candidates must be nominated by an eligible employer and have at least two years of qualified work experience in British Columbia within the past three years.

Entrepreneur Immigration

If you want to immigrate to British Columbia as an entrepreneur, you have three options to choose from:

  • Entrepreneur immigration – regional pilot – This program allows international entrepreneurs to immigrate to B.C. if they have at least $600,000 in net assets and must provide a business plan and proof of financing for their business and, make a personal investment of at least CAD $200,000 in the business in Canada. Successful applicants must also meet language requirements.
  • Entrepreneur immigration – base category – To qualify for the B.C. PNP, candidates must have a personal net worth of at least CAD $300,000 and work experience in B.C., within the last three years. Candidates with 2+ years of work experience will receive bonus points under this stream. Must have a post-secondary diploma, high school graduation or equivalent. Must be proficient in English or French at CLB level 4 or better. Business must meet additional requirements
  • Strategic Projects Category – This category allows international entrepreneurs to immigrate if they plan to set up a strategic project that will benefit the province of British Columbia and create significant economic opportunity within the region.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba is a province of Canada. It is the fifth most populous province in the country and its provincial capital is Winnipeg which was founded in 1760. The demonym for Manitoba is Manitoban. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, the territories of Nunavut to the north, and Northwest Territories to the northwest, and Alberta to the south. One-third of Manitoba’s population lives in the Winnipeg Capital Region (including Winnipeg but also its surrounding area).

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) allows the province to nominate foreign nationals under one of three streams. These are: 

Skilled Workers in Manitoba – Employment and Education-Based Streams. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has two options for skilled workers interested in immigrating to the province: the Express Entry Direct Entry Stream In addition to meeting a number of federal requirements, candidates must also possess at least one year of work experience as a professional in an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Candidates must also have received a full-time job offer from an employer in Manitoba that cannot be filled by a Canadian or permanent resident. Work experience can be gained through paid, volunteer, or work training opportunities; credentials and education are not considered.

  • Career Employment Pathway – The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Career Employment Pathway to individuals who have received an offer of employment in Manitoba from their prospective employers. This stream parallels the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream but is shorter and faster.
  • Education-Based Streams – Through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program’s Education-Based Streams, candidates can obtain a work permit if they possess one of the following: a Master’s degree or higher and at least two years of skilled work experience in their field, a post-graduate diploma/certificate from a recognized educational institution and work experience in their occupation for at least three years. Candidates must also have relevant credentials; cannot be older than 45 when applying; and will be awarded up to 10 bonus points if they have completed any education within Canada.

Skilled Worker Overseas – Candidates who have obtained a job offer in Manitoba from an employer are eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Skilled Worker Overseas stream. Candidates will undergo Canadian security and criminal checks as part of the application process. Their applications can be reviewed by immigration officials within six months and they will be issued either a provincial nomination certificate or denial letter.

  • Skilled Worker Overseas – Express Entry Sub-Stream – The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program offers an Express Entry sub-stream for skilled workers who will be working in the province. Candidates must have at least one year of work experience as a professional in an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). They may be eligible to receive up to 500 additional bonus points if they can demonstrate that they possess Canadian post-secondary education and/or related work experience, or that they are fluent in both English and French.
  • Human Capital Pathway – Manitoba accepts skilled workers in specific occupations for permanent residence through the Human Capital Pathway. Workers must be nominated by their employer prior to applying; however, employees can still proceed with the application even if their employer’s nomination is denied. The Human Capital Pathway also has an Express Entry sub-stream.

Business Investor Stream (formerly MPNP-B)

  • Farm Investor Pathway – The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Business Investor Stream’s Farm Investor Pathway. There are two main options for farm investors interested in immigrating to Manitoba: the Express Entry Direct Entry Stream and the Farm Investment Overseas Stream.
  • Entrepreneur Pathway – The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Business Investor Stream’s Entrepreneur Pathway. There are two main options for business investors interested in immigrating to Manitoba: the Express Entry Direct Entry Stream and the Business Investment Overseas Stream.

Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative

 

Morden, MB – The Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative boasts of its innovative and forward-thinking approach to immigration. This initiative encourages the community to take an active part in shaping the future demographics of their city. A committee was formed with a number of people from different backgrounds such as education, culture, employment, community development etc., which is now called the Admissions Committee.

Morden’s PNP is looking for (insert one or more of the following): 1) Individuals who have a specific skill set; 2) Prospective entrepreneurs with significant amounts of start-up capital; 3) Business investors with knowledge about Morden and area that will be put into operation in Morden and area; 4) Candidates from areas outside Canada, but coming to settle in our present region. 5). Former farmers

International Education Stream

 

Manitoba has now introduced the International Education Stream (IES) for graduates from Manitoba universities and colleges who meet specific criteria. The three pathways for this stream are:

  • Career Employment Pathway – The Career Employment Pathway is open to international students who study in Manitoba. Candidates must have completed a diploma or degree program at a post-secondary institution and be registered with Manitoba’s Job Matching Service (JMS). The length of the work permit that will be issued to these candidates upon nomination depends on their field of study.
  • Graduate Internship Pathway – The Graduate Internship Pathway is open to international students who study in Manitoba. Candidates must have completed a diploma or degree program at a post-secondary institution, be registered with the JMS and have an internship that matches their studies. The length of the work permit that will be issued to these candidates upon nomination depends on their field of study.
  • Student Entrepreneur Pathway – This pathway is open to international students who study in Manitoba. Candidates must have completed a diploma or degree program at a post-secondary institution and be registered with the JMS. The length of the work permit that will be issued to these candidates upon nomination depends on their field of study.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Saskatchewan is a prairie province in western Canada. It has an area of 651,900 km2 (251,700 sq mi) and a largely continental climate because its borders are not near any oceans.

The name Saskatchewan comes from the Cree word kisiskâciwan, meaning “a great river”. Saskatchewan is about 1,200 km (746 mi) long and drains almost 40% of Canada’s landmass. Saskatchewan’s capital city is Regina. 

In 2016, the province of Saskatchewan had a population of 1,144,191. It is Canada’s sixth-most populous province and has one of the lowest population densities in Canada. This is because its area is very large but it also has one of the highest birth rates in the country.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has several benefits for candidates: 1) It allows highly skilled workers to immigrate to Canada; 2) Investors have the potential to earn permanent residence quickly if they are able to demonstrate their abilities as investors; 3) Candidates need not live in the province during their nomination period, however, they cannot settle elsewhere in Canada while waiting for a decision; and 4) Candidates may be eligible for a provincial nomination in other provinces.

  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the International Graduate Entrepreneur Category. This category is for candidates who are interested in immigrating to Canada, have graduated from an approved Canadian post-secondary institution and have at least one year of work experience obtained within two years after graduation.
  • Entrepreneur Program – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Entrepreneur Program. This program is for candidates who are interested in immigrating to Canada, intend on staying permanently within the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and have at least one year of experience operating their own business.
  • Farm Owner and Operator Application – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Farm Owner and Operator Application. Candidates must be willing to immigrate to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, have at least three years of experience operating an eligible farm in any country and have at least $250,000 available for investment or personal net worth.

International Skilled Worker:

  • Employment Offer – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer. 
  • Occupation In-Demand – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand. 
  • Saskatchewan Express Entry – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry.

Skilled Worker:

  • Existing Work Permit – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Skilled Worker With Existing Work Permit. 
  • Health Professionals – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through Health Professionals.
  • Hospitality Sector Project – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Hospitality Sector Project.
  • Long-Haul Truck Drivers – The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the Long-Haul Truck Drivers.
  • Students – Any student who has graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, and has spent at least twenty-four consecutive months or six out of the last nine years living in Saskatchewan before applying for a nomination certificate.

Entrepreneur and Farm Category

Entrepreneur Sub-Category – Saskatchewan offers a category for those interested in immigrating to the province who are willing to establish, acquire, or partner in a business there. The sub-category operates on an Expression of Interest model.

Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category – This section is for established farmers with the financial means to invest in a farming operation and an interest in settling in Saskatchewan.

International Student Category:

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offers a pathway to permanent residence through the International Student Category. This category is for candidates who are interested in immigrating to Canada and have completed at least one year.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

New Brunswick is the most easterly province in Canada. It is bounded by Quebec to the west and Nova Scotia to the east. To the north, it has a land border with New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. New Brunswick is bordered by the Bay of Fundy to the east, which is famous for its spectacular tidal races and 16-metre high tides. New Brunswick has a population of 756 000 people (2011 census). The capital city of New Brunswick is Saint John, with a population of about 70 000 people. The second-largest city is Moncton with about 70 000 inhabitants. New Brunswick has a large service sector, which accounts for 49% of the province’s GDP. Agriculture is important in New Brunswick and forestry and fishing are also significant industries. The province exports more than 100 commodities including lumber, seafood, gold, potash and lobster to other

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Requirements: 1) Age – Minors who are under 20 years old may not apply; 2) Language Proficiency – Proof of English or French language skills is required if you intend on applying as a skilled worker; 3) Education – Applicants need a post-secondary degree that is officially recognized by New Brunswick, proof of their field’s licensing requirements, or simply have six months experience

  • Express Entry stream – The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program will be transitioning into Express Entry, which is a new electronic system for inviting and processing candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class. This change is scheduled to take place on April 1, 2015. Candidates who have submitted their applications before December 31st, 2014 will continue to be processed under the current program category.
  • Skilled Worker stream – This category is for individuals who are interested in immigrating to Canada and possess skills that New Brunswick requires. To be eligible, candidates must have a post-secondary education that has been officially recognized by the province or country of their educational institution or have at least one year (52 weeks) of full-time work experience in their field within the last three years prior to submitting an application. They must also meet language requirements and have a clean police record.
  • Entrepreneurial stream – This stream is for individuals with business ventures in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Individuals must have a minimum net worth of $200,000 and intend on settling there.
  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream – This stream is open to international students who have graduated from a New Brunswick post-secondary institute with at least one year of experience in their field of study within the past three years. Candidates must show that they will create and own an active business (or purchase a franchise) in the province. They must also meet language proficiency requirements and have a clean criminal record.
  • Skilled Workers with Family Support – This stream is for highly-skilled workers with strong English or French language skills. They must intend on settling in New Brunswick and have a younger sibling who resides there. This stream does not require a Provincial Nomination Certificate (PNC), but the candidate must be shortlisted by the NBPNP prior to submitting their application through Express Entry.
  • Succession Connect pilot program – This program is for individuals who have a family-owned business in New Brunswick. A candidate must be the owner, partner or shareholder of an existing Atlantic Canadian business.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia is an Atlantic province in Canada. Nova Scotia is the second smallest province, with an area of 55,284 km2. The capital of the province is Halifax and its largest city is Sydney. Nova Scotia was created as a British colony in 1784 and became part of Canada in 1867. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) was launched in 2000 and has since provided over 8,000 provincial nominees. The province takes a “diversified approach” by inviting candidates who have skills in the following areas: agriculture; aquaculture; business; construction; digital media & technology; health care and related.

Nova Scotia has the following immigration streams:

  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities – Nova Scotia’s provincial nominee program requires that applicants have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a field that is listed on their Labour Market Priorities list. 
  • Labour Market Priorities for Physicians – Applicants who wish to work as a physician in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia must have all of their medical credentials legally recognized or licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. This includes having an open license with no restrictions on where they can practice medicine.
  • Entrepreneur – This category is for individuals who have at least $600,000 CAD in capital and 150,000 to invest in a Nova Scotia business that has been newly created or will create at least one permanent job. 
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur – This category is for international students who have graduated from a Nova Scotia post-secondary institution with at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience within the last three years prior to submitting an application. It also includes individual immigrants who have attended a post-secondary program in Nova Scotia or completed a graduate certificate program at NSCC.
  • Skilled Worker – Job Offer – This category is for individuals who have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience within the last three years. Candidates are required to have a current job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia that offers wages and working conditions that meet or exceed federal standards established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. The employer must also have the number of hours that each employee works per week written in their employment contract. 
  • Occupations in demand with a job offer – Occupations in demand with job offer candidates need a Canadian job offer that is based on an employer’s demonstrated labour market needs with NOC C. Candidates must have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience within the last three years prior to submitting an application.
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry – This stream is for candidates who have an approved Expression of Interest (EOI) from the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system. Candidates must also have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience within the last three years prior to submitting an application.
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry – This stream is for candidates who have an approved Express Entry EOI but do not have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience within the last three years prior to submitting an application.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Prince Edward Island is a Canadian province which it is located in the Atlantic region on the east coast of Canada. The population of Prince Edward Island in 2014 was 142,907 with 44% identifying as Acadian and 32% as English. There are six municipalities on Prince Edward Island which are Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford, West Prince, Georgetown, and Borden-Carleton. The capital of the province is Charlottetown which is located at the western end of Prince Edward Island. The name of the province was taken from Queen Charlotte, who had married King George III in 1761 and lastly named after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn.

  • Critical Workers – Critical workers are candidates who will be filling high demand and short supply occupations. Shortages have been identified by the province’s economic development department as a result of poorly trained or no qualified individuals in an occupation. This stream is for workers who have already been hired by PEI employers, and their employer wants to sponsor them for permanent residency. People eligible can work in semi-skilled or unskilled professions.
  • International Graduates – This stream is for recent graduates who have already been hired by a PEI employer. International graduates are also qualified to apply. They must have graduated from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution that is accredited in Prince Edward Island. A candidate must have a job offer or provincial nomination to be eligible.
  • PEI Express Entry – The Express Entry PEI stream—is a category for applicants who have an approved Express Entry EOI from the federal government’s immigration selection system and have been nominated or sponsored by the province of Prince Edward Island for permanent residence. A processing time of six months or less will be necessary for any applicants who wish to immigrate via the PEI Provincial Nominee Program.
  • Skilled Workers in PEI – This stream is for people who work in PEI. To apply, you must be either working right now in PEI or have a job offer from someone who works in the province. If you are an eligible applicant, then you will be able to work as a skilled worker and have experience with at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) paid work experience within the last three years in an occupation that requires minimum formal training. Please note that there is no age restriction. You must relocate to Prince Edward Island and meet eligibility requirements set by the PEI’s immigration authority.
  • Skilled Workers Outside Canada – This stream is for skilled workers who are currently working outside of Prince Edward Island and must be nominated by the province before applying for permanent residence. 
  • Work Permit Stream – This stream is for people who want to live and work in PEI. They must get a job offer before they can move here. You can apply for residency if you have a work permit. This program helps business owners who are coming to PEI and need help with their transition, like getting ready to start their new job right away.

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Immigration Programs

Newfoundland and Labrador are one of the 10 provinces and territories of Canada. It became a part of the confederation on April 1, 1949. Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada as a province by its own right on March 31, 2001. The main language in Newfoundland and Labrador is English but French has official status in some places in the province. 

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP) is an economic immigration program, designed to recruit foreign workers. Candidates must have a job offer from a Newfoundland-based employer who has been approved by the NL PNP.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker Outside Canada Stream aims to recruit skilled workers from outside Canada who possess skills that will contribute to the diverse economy of Newfoundland. Applicants with at least one year of experience working for a licensed company in their field outside of Canada may apply. Similar to the other streams, applicants must still meet New Brunswick or Newfoundland and Labrador language/education requirements (see below).

  • Express Entry Skilled Worker Category – The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL-PNP) is a program that allows the province to nominate individuals who wish to live and work in Newfoundland. Foreign nationals are invited to apply for permanent residence if they have a job offer from one of the employers registered with NL-PNP, or if they can demonstrate their own business venture and create jobs for at least two other employees. 
  • Skilled Worker – The provincial nominee classification of a skilled worker (self-employed) will be used for foreign nationals who intend on carrying out self-employment or entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada.
  • International Graduate – The province of Newfoundland and Labrador aims to attract international students who want to remain on the region once they complete their studies. To be eligible, applicants should have graduated from a post-secondary program recognized by New Brunswick or Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • International entrepreneur (starting a new business or purchasing a new business) – The Newfoundland and Labrador stream is an entrepreneur immigration category that will open up to foreign nationals soon. These candidates aim to settle in the province as entrepreneurs, co-managers or business purchasers. Candidates must operate their business for a year while on a Temporary Work Permit before pursuing provincial nomination from the province.
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur – This NLNP International Graduate Entrepreneur will provide international graduates who have attended Newfoundland and Labrador post-secondary institutions and who wish to establish, co-own or run businesses in the province with a pathway for Canadian permanent residence. Newfoundland and Labrador is a program that allows the province to nominate individuals who want to live and work in Newfoundland. Foreign nationals are invited to apply for permanent residence through the NL-PNP if they have a job offer from one of the employers registered with NL-PNP, or demonstrate their own business venture and create jobs for two other employees.

Quebec PNPs

Quebec is the second-most populous province of Canada. Quebec is a primarily French-speaking society and has the second-largest population in Canada (after Ontario). In 2017, Quebec had a population of 8.2 million people and an area of 1,667,110 km2 (655,343 sq mi), making it the nation’s largest province by land area. It is Canada’s largest province by its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario, James Bay and Hudson Bay, to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay, to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to the south by the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. Quebec is Canada’s largest province in area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is often referred to as “La Belle Province” (French for “the beautiful province”) or “La belle province”.

Quebec operates one of the most selective provincial nominee programs which focuses on attracting immigrants who will have a positive economic impact on the province. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) is an immigrant investor program that has been running since 1986. Under this program, investors need to make their money legally available in Canada before they begin their application for permanent residence and invest $800 000 into Canada at zero risk. This money is used as collateral until the investment can be fully repaid with interest within five years.

Applicants must also meet either a minimum net worth or management experience requirements: 1 million CAD in net assets or at least one year of management experience with a minimum salary requirement of $50 000 per year. Once applicants have fulfilled all of the above requirements, they will be nominated for Permanent Residence and must pass a physical exam, security checks, an interview with Canada immigration personal, French language proficiency tests (if applicable), and may be asked to meet any other criteria that Quebec has set.

Quebec operates two additional programs: the Entrepreneur Program which aims to attract investors who will create business opportunities in Quebec province by investing $300 000 in the businesses they intend on creating. The second program is the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program which aims to recruit individuals who can demonstrate their ability to carry out economic activities as self-employed professionals or as senior managers within existing Quebec companies. Under this stream applicants are required to have at least three years of experience with a minimum salary requirement of $50 000 and they must intend on creating either a new job or add value to an existing business.

  • Quebec Investor Program (expected to reopen in July 2020) – This program is one of the most popular options among investors who wish to gain permanent residence in Canada. The Quebec Investor Program aims to attract skilled business people who are willing and able to make an investment that will benefit Quebec’s economy.
  • Entrepreneur Program – This program aims to attract entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals who wish to live and work in Quebec. Immigrant investors must submit a business plan which outlines their reasons for immigrating to Canada, their future actions, how they will use the money invested in order to create jobs, and how long it will take them to fulfill these obligations.
  • Self-employed Worker Program – This program allows foreign workers with at least 3 years of experience to live and work in Quebec. The main requirements for this stream are that applicants must have a job offer from a Canadian employer, and they must be able to demonstrate their ability as self-employed professionals or senior managers within existing Quebec companies.
  • Skilled Worker Class – applying for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate) – This program is a Quebec-specific class of immigration under which applicants can apply for permanent residence in Canada. To be eligible, applicants must have at least 12 months of experience of full-time Canadian employment within the last 3 years and they must wish to live and work permanently within the province of Quebec.

Northwest Territories PNPs

NWT is one of the three territories in Canada and it is the second-largest by area. The Northwest Territories contain 62% of all the Canadian Arctic landmass, and less than 1% of its population resides there. Most residents are located in the capital city of Yellowknife. The territory was created in 1870 when vast regions of Rupert’s Land were ceded to British North America. The name makes reference to a large amount of territory north and west of (i.e., belonging neither to) Rupert’s Land nor to Canada, so named for Hudson Bay – at 60°N latitude – which forms a presumptive geographic border between two parts of the territory.

The majority of this land is inaccessible because much of it has been permanently frozen for thousands of years. The Northwest Territories is considered to be one of the most sparsely populated areas in North America, and it is also a very large landmass with low population density. It can take days to travel from one end of the territory to another due to its size and lack of infrastructure.

The Northwest Territories operates a Skilled Worker category and an International Graduate category under the North West Territories Nominee Program (NWP). The NWT prefers to attract individuals who have studied in Canada, however, applicants can also apply under the International Graduates stream if they have completed their education outside of Canada. This stream is only open to those who are able to get support from a designated institution or organization that will guarantee them employment upon their arrival in the NWT.

  • Critical Impact Worker – This category is only open to individuals who are sponsored by an employer in the Northwest Territories and intended to carry out work that brings a positive economic impact on the region.
  • Skilled Worker Nominee – This program aims at attracting highly skilled immigrants who will add value to the economy of the NWT. 
  • Skilled workers – This category is open to skilled workers who have job offers from employers in the Northwest Territories. They must be able to demonstrate that they have at least one year of experience within the last three years in a field related to their occupation and that they are qualified to perform work of benefit for the NWT’s economy.
  • Express Entry – The NWT operates its own stream of Express Entry and it is open to all skilled foreign workers who have achieved at least one year or full-time work experience within the last 3 years.
  • Business Stream – Only select employers may apply to bring in skilled foreign workers for their business. The candidate must be a senior manager or have essential skills and experience that the employer cannot find within Canada or the NWT. Candidates who receive an invitation will then attend an interview where they will be assessed on their overall potential to contribute positively to the economy of the NWT.

Yukon  PNPs

Yukon is a territory in Canada that became a territory on March 13, 1999. The Yukon is located between the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. The language spoken in the territory is primarily English-speaking but there are many small communities with individuals who speak other languages as well.

The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) operates several different streams and the eligibility criteria for each one varies. Generally speaking, the YNP prefers to attract individuals with a high level of education who have experience in their field or the potential to develop industry-related businesses. Historically there has been some difficulty attracting people from outside the country due to language difficulties facing communities and employers as well as lack of local knowledge about Canada’s culture which may lead to misunderstanding within workplaces. This can be an obstacle for any employer looking to fill positions with international employees.

  • Express Entry Stream – The stream is designed to fast-track applicants for permanent residence based on their ability to find a job offer from an employer in the Yukon. In order to qualify, candidates must have at least one year of experience in the last three years and be offered full-time employment by a qualified employer with a successful YNP Employer Pre-Screen application. Successful applicants are awarded a letter of support instead of an offer for a job. During the application process, candidates must also provide proof of adequate language ability in English or French and submit to a points test before attending an interview where they will be assessed on their overall potential to contribute positively to the Yukon’s economy.
  • Skilled Worker Stream – This category is open to skilled workers who have job offers from employers in the Yukon Territory. They must be able to demonstrate that they have at least one year of experience within the last three years in a field related to their occupation and that they are qualified to perform work of benefit for the Yukon’s economy.
  • Critical Impact Worker Stream – This stream is designed to attract workers who will provide a positive economic impact on the Yukon and fill specific labour needs. Candidates must demonstrate that they have at least two years of experience within the last five years and be offered full-time employment by a qualified employer with a successful YNP Employer Pre-Screen application.
  • Business Stream – Only select employers may apply to bring in skilled foreign workers for their business. The candidate must be a senior manager or have essential skills and experience that the employer cannot find within Canada or the Yukon. Candidates who receive an invitation will then attend an interview where they will be assessed on their overall potential to contribute positively to the economy of the Yukon.

Understand the application options

You might need to apply using the paper-based process or the online process. You must have a police check and a medical exam as part of the process. Everyone will be required to have these checks, no matter where they live in Canada. The process is administered by the Provincial Nominee Program stream or Express Entry.

List the requirements for Canada’s PNPs?

The requirements are different for each province or territory in Canada. Provinces and territories often look for applicants with work experience that meets the needs of their labour market. You must demonstrate you’re prepared to contribute to the local economy and have a genuine intention to settle in. It also takes into account language proficiency, education, and skill set.

Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs

Express Entry is a system to manage applications for permanent residence through major economic immigration programs. Many Canadian provinces and territories have developed ‘enhanced’ PNP streams that are aligned with Express Entry. The Express Entry profile requires that an applicant meet Express Entry eligibility criteria. The applicant can claim 600 additional points to receive an invitation to apply in the next Express Entry draw. Alternately, if an applicant receives a nomination through a PNP which is not aligned to Express Entry, then they must submit a paper-based federal application for permanent residence as a provincial nominee. Paper-based applications for. permanent residence can take significantly longer to process than electronic Express Entry applications.

FAQ

Which provincial nominee program is easiest?

Provincial nominees are in the best position to answer these questions as they know their specific program.

In an effort to accelerate the permanent residence process, if you are a provincial nominee and receive an invitation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to apply for permanent resident, you will have 60 days to complete your application. However, Provincial Nominees can only receive one federal invitation during the year through Express Entry or paper-based applications. The paper-based option is not available within PNPsю

Who are eligible for PNP Canada?

To be eligible for a provincial nomination under the Canada PNP program, you must meet certain criteria which include:

• Willing to reside in the nominating province;

• Notification by IRCC that they are not ineligible because of criminality or security reasons;

• Intend to settle in the nominating province. Federal government authority: IRCC is responsible for determining if an applicant is eligible for a federal invitation within the Express Entry system (i.e. whether they have sufficient points) and will also assess their admissibility if they do not require further security screening based on their record checks which can involve fingerprinting and interviewing individuals to make sure they abide by Canadian Immigration laws.

How long does it take to get the provincial nomination?

It depends on the province but is typically between 6 to 12 months. The PNP nominee applicant will have to undergo a provincial nomination assessment for which they can receive a positive or negative decision from the province within 90 days (A 60-day extension is available).

Which PNP is open without a job offer?

Right now all Express Entry PNPs are requiring a job offer. The only exception to this is if you are an entrepreneur (self-employed) or a PhD.

What is the CRS score required for PNP?

It depends on the province but you need to have a CRS score of 400 points or higher. The PNP applicant will be selected based on their likelihood of becoming economically established in Canada as well as meeting provincial immigration objectives. A person’s score is based on age, language proficiency, education, work experience, employment offer and adaptability (including a factor for arranged employment).

How much is the provincial nomination fee?

Candidates must pay a $200 processing fee once they are selected by the province.

What are the provinces/territories that you can apply for PNP?

It depends on your province of residence and whether you are in a high-demand field. Candidates have to pay $200 once they get nominated whereas employers do not have to pay anything if the candidate is successful.

Which province has no work experience requirement?

There are no provinces that have zero work experience requirements. The lowest is 2 years of work experience.

Do I have to have a job offer before applying for PNP Canada? What if I don’t get a job offer?

It depends on the province. Most PNPs require a job offer prior to applying but some provinces are open to self-employed candidates as well (e.g., Ontario).

Can I still apply for Canada PR while working in another country on a vacation visa?

Yes, if you are already in Canada on a work permit you can still apply for permanent residency. You will have to meet the eligibility requirements and there is no guarantee of approval but you can always try.

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