Provincial Nominee Programs

Provincial nomination programs can be a faster way of achieving permanent residency status in Canada.There are multiple immigration routes to enter Canada and one way is through one of the Provincial nominee programs or PNPs. Provincial nomination programs can provide a faster route to Canadian permanent residence.

What is a PNP?

Most provinces and territories in Canada operate their own respective Provincial nominee programs tailored to that particular Province’s or territories immigration, economic and skilled labour needs and requirements. These requirements are often based on the Provinces or territories skills shortages learned from the industries which operate within that Province. For example, a Province may have a shortage of commercial electricians because it is expanding its industrial based.

PNPs are tailored to the province’s/territory’s specific economic, labour and skills needs and requirements

The idea behind each “streams” is to target, qualify and attract new immigrants who possess the right type skills, work experience, and knowledge and who are best able to make a meaningful and valuable contribution to that particular Province’s economy and labor market.

For example, a program stream may target students, business people, specific tradesmen skilled workers or semi-skilled workers.

Potential nominees must be able to demonstrate that they possess the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of that province or territory, and must want to live there.


The following Provinces and Territories currently operating a Provincial Nominee Program is as follows. Note: Each Province applies is own selection criteria based on its economic and skill requirements, subsequently, the selection criteria varies between each Provinces.

  • Alberta.
  • Manitoba.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Ontario.
  • Saskatchewan.
  • British Columbia.
  • New Brunswick.
  • Nova Scotia.
  • Prince Edward Island.
  • Yukon.
  • Northwest Territories.

An applicant who has been nominated by a province or territory is required to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (IRCC) for permanent residency status.

Based on the Canadian Immigration regulations a IRCC, the immigration Visa officer will review and process the application.

We would be happy help you determine if one of the Provincial Nominee Programs is the right pathway for you.