The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.


How PNP works

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


Application options

  • Paper-based 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.
    • Once you have been nominated, you submit a paper application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
    • You have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). Everyone must have these checks, no matter where you plan to live in Canada.
    • Application processing times are longer than through Express Entry.
  • Express Entry process
    • 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 you a “notification of interest” to your account, you contact them directly.
    • You apply to their Express Entry stream:
      • If you’re nominated, the province will offer it to you through your account, and you accept it electronically.


Major factors will be considered

  • Valid and genuine Job offer (in the nomination province)
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language proficiency (English or French)
  • Relationship with the nomination province
  • Adaptability in the province


Pathways in each province

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry BC
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

  • International Education Stream
  • Business Investor Stream
  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Family Support
  • Succession Connect pilot program
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

  • Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Entrepreneur Category
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
  • Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
  • Physician
  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Skilled Worker
  • Occupations in Demand
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

  • PEI PNP Express Entry
  • Labour Impact Category
    • Skilled Worker Stream
    • Critical Worker Stream
    • International Graduate Stream
  • Business Impact Category
  • Work Permit Stream
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

  • International Skilled Worker Category
    • International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry
    • International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand
    • International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
    • Existing Work Permit
    • Health Professionals
    • Hospitality Sector Project
    • Long Haul Truck Driver Project
    • Students
  • Entrepreneur and Farm Category
    • Entrepreneur
    • Farm Owners and Operators

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

  • Employer Driven Program
    • Express Entry System for Skilled Workers
    • Skilled Worker
    • Critical Impact Worker
  • Business Immigration Program:
    • Business Stream

Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

  • Yukon Express Entry( YEE )
  • Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • Business Nominee


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