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Provincial Nomination Program

Navigating the immigration process to Canada can be complex, but the Provincial Nominee Programs provide a unique pathway for skilled workers. The PNP allows provinces and territories to nominate individuals who meet specific labour market and economic needs and want to become permanent residents.

Each province has its own PNP streams with varying eligibility criteria. However, all PNPs are designed to expedite permanent residency for individuals whose skills and experience will contribute to the economic development of the nominating province or territory.

On this page, you will find detailed information about the PNP options for each Canadian province and territory.  Learn about the application process, nomination criteria, and how to maximize your chances of success through the PNP.plicants to focus on their move to Canada.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in Canada

  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  • Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
  • Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

Clusters of Skills and Occupations in Demand:

Skilled Trades

This includes occupations such as electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, mechanics, and other skilled trades professionals.


Provinces often seek healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers.

Technology and Engineering

Software developers, engineers (civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.), IT professionals, and other technology-related occupations are frequently sought after.

Business and Finance

Occupations such as accountants, financial analysts, business managers, and other professionals in the finance and business sectors are often in demand.

Agriculture and Food Processing

Provinces with a strong agricultural sector may seek farmers, food processing workers, and other agricultural professionals.


Teachers, early childhood educators, and other education professionals are sometimes in demand, particularly in rural or remote areas.

Hospitality and Tourism

Provinces with a strong tourism industry may seek workers in hospitality, tourism, and customer service roles.


Truck drivers, logistics professionals, and other transportation-related occupations are sometimes in demand.


Construction managers, estimators, and skilled construction workers such as carpenters, electricians, and plumbers may be in demand, especially in areas with active construction projects.

PNP For Graduates & Skilled Workers

How to Apply

To apply to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you need to follow these steps:

Here are the main steps to apply for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada:

  1. Select a province: Choose a province and check if you meet their eligibility criteria: Each Canadian province and territory has its own PNP with its own criteria based on skills, work experience, age, language ability etc. Check the website of the province you want to immigrate to and confirm you meet their requirements.
  2. Take language tests: Most PNPs require showing proficiency in English or French through approved standardized tests like IELTS or TEF. Take one of these tests and achieve the minimum scores set by the province.
  3. Submit an expression of interest: Create an online profile and submit an expression of interest (EOI) to the province or territory you wish to immigrate to. The EOI has details on your skills, experience, languages abilities etc.
  4. Apply to PNP stream: If your EOI is accepted, you will be invited to apply to one of the PNP streams – skilled worker, international graduate, business investor etc. Make sure you meet all eligibility criteria for the stream.
  5. Gather and prepare application documents: Each PNP has a document checklist that must be strictly followed. This includes educational credentials, work experience letters, identity documents, police certificates, proof of funds etc.
  6. Submit complete paper application: Pay the application fees and submit your complete paper application along with all required documentation based on the province’s application process.
  7. Await application processing and nomination decision: Processing times range from several months to over a year in some cases. Be patient and wait for the province’s nomination decision.
  8. Apply for permanent residence if nominated: If you get an invitation, apply for Canadian permanent residence within 6 months through Express Entry linked to the PNP.

Remember that Quebec has its own immigration system. If you wish to settle in Quebec, contact the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec for more information.

How To Improve Your Odds

To improve your odds under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you can consider the following steps:

  1. Research and Understand Requirements: Thoroughly research the specific requirements, eligibility criteria, and selection processes of the PNP stream you are interested in to ensure you meet all criteria.
  2. Job Offer Significance: Having a valid job offer from an employer in the province can greatly enhance your chances of being nominated under the PNP.
  3. Language Proficiency: Improving your language skills in English or French, if required, is crucial as language proficiency is a key factor in many PNP streams.
  4. Networking and Connections: Utilize any connections you have to the province, such as family members or previous study/work experience, and network with employers or provincial authorities to strengthen your application.
  5. Professional Assistance: Consider seeking guidance from an immigration consultant or lawyer to navigate the application process effectively and increase your chances of success under the PNP program.

FAQS Related to PNP

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a program established by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that allows individual provinces to select individuals interested in settling in a specific province and contributing to its economic development.

  1. The following provinces participate in the Provincial Nominee Program:

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

No, Quebec has a separate agreement with the Government of Canada for selecting individuals interested in residing in Quebec. Quebec has its own Immigration Selection Criteria separate from the Provincial Nominee Program.

No, you can obtain a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa without Provincial Nomination by applying under any of the Federal categories.

Obtaining a Provincial Nomination can lead to faster processing of your Canada Immigration Visa application and potentially arriving in Canada sooner. Additionally, under Express Entry, nominees receive 600 extra points, increasing their chances of receiving an invitation.

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How Can Earnest Immigration Help

Earnest Immigration offers specialized assistance in navigating the complexities of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada. Earnest Immigration can assist you with:

  1. Expert Guidance: Earnest Immigration provides expert advice on various PNP streams and categories, helping applicants understand which province or territory might be the best fit for their specific situation. Given the diversity and specificity of each PNP, professional guidance is invaluable.
  2. Application Management: From the initial assessment to the final submission, Earnest Immigration manages the entire application process. This includes preparing and submitting all necessary documents, ensuring that everything is complete, accurate, and submitted on time.
  3. Strategic Planning: Each province and territory has its own unique streams and criteria for their PNP, including requirements for skills, employment experience, and job offers. It helps applicants strategize their immigration plans based on their qualifications and the targeted province’s needs.
  4. Compliance and Updates: Immigration laws and PNP requirements can change. Earnest Immigration stays up-to-date with the latest regulations, policies, and procedures, ensuring that applications comply with current standards. This reduces the risk of delays or rejections due to outdated information or non-compliance.
  5. Peace of Mind: Perhaps one of the most significant benefits is the peace of mind that comes from knowing your PNP application is in professional hands. Earnest Immigration’s knowledge and experience can alleviate stress and uncertainty, allowing applicants to focus on their move to Canada.