Provincial Nominee Program

Canada consists of 10 provinces and 3 territories. All those administrative units together are united as a federation of Canada. Canada is one of the most decentralized federative states in the world. This means that every Province has a wide range of independence in its policy in various fields. One of such fields is immigration. Provincial Nominee Program enables provincial authorities the right to invite immigrants that may be helpful to the needs of the provincial economy and labour market.

How many provincial programs exist in Canada?

In fact, under the Provincial Nominee Program name, there are almost 80 various streams of the provincial immigration programs. Some of the provinces, like Alberta, have only three different streams, while Ontario has ten different active streams. PNP streams are usually aimed at attracting skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, students, and entrepreneurs who may have some ties to the province (relatives residing in the province, previous education or work experience) or possess skills that may be in demand in the respective province.

Immigration to Quebec is not part of the Provincial Nominee Program. The Federal Government and the Government of Quebec signed The Canada–Quebec Accord, which gives Quebec the exclusive responsibility of choosing immigrants and refugees still living in their own countries but wishing to relocate to the province.

Provincial Nominee Program

Paper-based and Express Entry streams

There are two types of PNPs: paper-based and Express Entry streams. Paper-based streams are not linked to the Express Entry. Usually, those streams take longer time to be processed, as after you complete the paper application for the provincial nomination, you should also pass the federal stage of assessment. In recent years, many provinces create Express Entry-linked streams and establish provincial Expression of Interest (EOI) systems. Those streams are faster than paper-based and are processed via the Express Entry on the federal stage.

PNP is a great opportunity to immigrate to Canada in the case you don’t score enough points in the Express Entry

Express Entry Canada

How do PNP works?

The whole idea of the Provincial nomination is to advise the Federal government that the province supports the selected applicant to become a permanent resident of the respective province. If the stream is Express Entry-linked, the candidate who received and accepted the certificate of Canadian province will get additional 600 CRS points in his/her Express Entry profile, which automatically means receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a Canadian Permanent Residency.

The Nunavut Territory is the only administrative unit of Canada that currently does not have its own Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Programs

The list of Provincial Nominee Programs

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

Best Quality Immigration can consult you whether you have more chances to immigrate to Canada with the support of a specific Canadian province. Contact us to check if the occupation is in-demand in any of Canadian provinces.

Provincial Nominee Programs

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