Provincial Nominee Programs(PNP)


Provincial Nominee Programs(PNP)

This program is for workers who

Have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory

Want to live in that province and

Want to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target

  • Students
  • Business people
  • Skilled workers
  • Semi-skilled workers

Here is a list of the provinces and territories currently participating in this program.

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

The criteria by province and territory vary and can change without notice.

How you will apply depends on which Provincial Nominee Program stream you’re applying to. You might need to apply using the non-Express Entry process, or through Express Entry.


As part of the process, you will have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). Everyone must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

In the non-Express Entry process:

you apply to the province or territory for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream.

you need to meet the eligibility requirements of the province that nominates you.

if you’re nominated, you apply for permanent residence online

  • You have to get a
  • Medical exam and
  • Police check (certificate)

application processing times are longer than through Express Entry.

In the online Express Entry process, there are 2 ways to apply:

You contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream.

If the province or territory agrees to nominate you, you create an Express Entry profile (or update your profile if you already have one) and show you have been nominated.


You create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you’re interested in.

If a province or territory sends a “notification of interest” to your account, you contact them directly.

You apply to their Express Entry stream.

If you’re nominated, the province or territory will send a nomination certificate to your account, and you accept it electronically.

In both cases, you must

meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory and

submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry, including being eligible for one of the immigration programs it covers.

If you are invited to apply, you submit an electronic application to IRCC.

Contact immigration experts today to check your eligibility.


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