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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.

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