Canada’s provincial nominee programmes (PNPs) provide a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for individuals who are interested in immigrating to a particular Canadian province or territory.
Each Canadian province and territory operates its own PNP tailored to meet its unique economic and demographic needs.
How the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) works
This initiative is for employees
Footnote* It has its own “streams” (immigration systems targeting specific groups) and criteria for each province and territory. For example, provinces and territories in a programme stream may target
Understand the application options
How you apply depends on which stream of the Provincial Nominee Program you apply to. You may need to apply using the paper-based form, or by Express Entry via the online process.
You’ll have to pass a medical test as part of the procedure to get a police check (certificate). All, no matter where they intend to live in Canada, must have these checks.
Express Entry Process
There are 2 ways to apply within the online Express Entry process
In their Express Entry stream, you apply
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible for a Canadian PNP?
The eligibility variables vary from province to province for PNPs.
As PNPs are part of an economic immigration policy, they are typically structured in such a way that they recruit employees who are willing to contribute easily to the economy and who are very likely to stay in that province. Therefore some PNPs give preference to immigrants who have experience in-demand occupations in that province. Other PNPs favor immigrants who like a parent, have a connection to the province, as this increases the likelihood that they will stay in the province.
Young applicants who have good language skills, high levels of schooling, and professional job experience are ideally qualified to succeed, as in most economic immigration programmes.
How many PNPs are there in Canada?
With multiple streams, each of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories runs its own PNP programme. There are more than 80 separate provincial candidate systems altogether!
Can I qualify for a PNP if I don’t qualify for Express Entry?
In the Express Entry pool, many PNPs require that applicants have an active profile. However, there are exceptions to this where applicants who do not have Express Entry eligibility are nominated by certain provinces. Such programmes differ in their criteria for eligibility, so it is best to contact a representative to clarify your eligibility. All PNPs resulting in a nomination require that the applicant apply permanent resident application to the federal government.
If the PNP is not compatible with Express Entry, the application for federal permanent residency must be submitted in paper format instead of electronically.
Which is the easiest province to immigrate to Canada?
Each PNP has specifications unique to the province or territory’s needs. If by the school or work experience, you have a connection to the province or territory, you will have a better chance of obtaining a provincial nomination.
As the labor market of every province and territory in Canada is distinct, the expertise and job experience will also play a part.