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PNP – Immigrate to Canada via the Provicial Nominiee Program

Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNPs) offer a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for individuals who are interested in immigrating to a specific Canadian province or territory. 

The primary objective of the PNP is to distribute the benefits of immigration evenly across Canada. Since 1998, immigration has been more evenly distributed across the country, with the Prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) experiencing greater success in attracting immigrants, largely due to the PNP.

Every province and territory in Canada have its own PNP tailored to address its unique economic and demographic requirements. Each PNP includes at least one immigration stream that aligns with the federal Express Entry selection system. Nominations issued under these Express Entry-aligned streams are referred to as “enhanced nominations.” These streams offer several advantages, including an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for Express Entry candidates, guaranteeing them an invitation to apply for permanent residence. The permanent residence application can be processed by the federal government within approximately six months.


Provinces and Territories

Except for Nunavut and Quebec, all provinces and territories in Canada have their own distinct Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) tailored to fulfill their specific economic and demographic requirements. The criteria and application procedures for these programs differ significantly among provinces, so individuals interested in applying should refer to each province’s guidelines to assess their eligibility.

Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

The immigration program in Alberta, known as the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program or AINP), encompasses a total of eight streams, categorized into two main groups: one tailored for workers and the other for entrepreneurs.

Under this program, the province grants provincial nominations to foreign individuals who satisfy the specific criteria of the program and show a genuine intent to establish their residence in the prairie province.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) comprises three primary streams, namely Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC, and Entrepreneur Immigration. These streams are further segmented into specific categories designed to attract skilled workers, international graduates, and professionals possessing the necessary skills, experience, and qualifications required in the province of British Columbia.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

The immigration program in Manitoba consists of various streams aimed at nominating skilled workers and their families who desire permanent employment and residence in the province. At present, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is undergoing a process of revitalization and enhancement.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) serves as the provincial immigration program for New Brunswick, offering specific streams that focus on entrepreneurs, international graduates, skilled workers with employer sponsorship, and skilled workers within the federal government’s Express Entry selection system.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) welcomes immigration applications from skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs who fulfill specific program criteria, including having a job or job offer, demonstrating an intention to reside, and possessing the capability to achieve economic stability within the province.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s program for the nomination of eligible skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs and professionals looking to settle permanently in the province. The program has various economic immigration streams with not one, but three streams aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) facilitates the nomination of foreign workers, international students, business owners, and entrepreneurs who possess the necessary skills, experience, education, and a genuine desire to establish permanent residency in the province of Ontario.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

The PEI PNP is the island province’s economic immigration program for skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs who demonstrate the intention to live and work in PEI, and show the ability to become economically established in the province. 

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) serves as Saskatchewan’s exclusive immigration program designed to select and nominate eligible foreign individuals through diverse pathways, notably including the prominent International Skilled Worker: Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand categories.

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

The Northwest Territories accepts economic immigration applications to settle in Northern Canada under two main streams – the Employer Driven and Business – one of which has three distinct streams, including an Express Entry-aligned stream for skilled workers.

Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

Yukon’s official provincial immigration program assists eligible employers in Canada’s northern territory to nominate internationally trained foreign workers and businesspeople for Canadian permanent residence.


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