Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

People interested in moving to a certain Canadian province or territory can use the provincial nominee programs (PNPs) to gain permanent residence in Canada. This guide will show you how to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, as well as recent Canadian PNP developments.

How does the Provincial Nominee Program work?


Each of the thirteen provinces and territories in Canada has its own program, which is tailored to their individual economic and demographic needs. Which provinces, do you wonder? Here is a list:

  • Provincial Nominee Program Alberta
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • Provincial Nominee Program Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Provincial Nominee Program Saskatchewan
  • Yukon
  • Applying for the PNP

    If you want to know step by step how to apply for the PNP here is a summary.

    1. Choose the right PNP. To identify where you want to immigrate, look at the list of provinces and territories above. Check the qualifying conditions for each PNP to see whether you qualify.
    2. Start the application process. Apply directly to the province or territory of your choice.
    3. Get a certificate. If your application is approved, the province or territory will nominate you for permanent residence in Canada.
    4. Submit your application to IRCC. Make an application for permanent residence to IRCC. You can do this online if your preferred PNP is compatible with Express Entry. Or, you can apply using the paper application.

    Wondering about the requirements for each province? Here’s a summary of the three most popular provinces to apply for under the PNP.

    Provincial Nominee Program Alberta

    The three categories for Alberta are as follows:

    Alberta Opportunity Stream -Immigrants who are already employed in Alberta and have received an official job offer from their company in Alberta.
    Alberta Express Entry - It enables the province to nominate candidates who have active profiles in the federal Express Entry system for provincial nominations.
    Alberta Self-Employed Farmer - Foreign nationals with substantial expertise owning and maintaining a farm and the financial means to start a new farming operation in Alberta are encouraged to apply.

    British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

    There are two types of immigration streams in operation in the province, British Columbia Skills Immigration and British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration.

    The Skills Immigration program is aimed at foreign nationals with the skills to contribute to British Columbia's workforce. The BC Skills Immigration pats places a premium on immigrants with job prospects in BC who can also demonstrate the experience required to establish and sustain jobs as BC residents.

    The Entrepreneur pathway, on the other hand, is for immigrants with a proven track record of accomplishment in business ownership, management, and investment. Individual entrepreneurs with a high personal net worth and worldwide corporations with high annual revenues can immigrate to BC by starting a new business in the province.

    Ontario Provincial Nominee Program

    For new immigrants in Canada, the province of Ontario is one of the most preferred destinations. The province is home to both the nation's economic capital, Toronto, and the nation's capital, Ottawa.

    Ontario’s PNP is deliberately designed to attract immigrants in areas that will benefit the province, such as skilled employees, workers in sectors with labor shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. There are three types of immigration streams in operation in the province. These are Ontario Human Capital, Ontario Employer Job Offer, and Ontario Business.

    The Human Capital scheme rewards those who already have some experience, good language skills and educational and work experience in Ontario. Students who studied in Canada, skilled tradespeople and others can all benefit.

    The Job Offer pathway is for those who already have a job offer from an employer in Ontario. There are requirements, but this is an easy pathway for those who have found a job already.

    The Ontario Business pathway is designed for those businesses and entrepreneurial individuals bringing money into Ontario. There must be a demonstrated, sizable investment to be made in the province. If you are an entrepreneur with a proven track record looking to start up a new business or a company doing the same, this is the pathway for you. Either starting a new business from scratch or purchasing an existing one qualifies an applicant for the Entrepreneur stream.

    Other Nominee Programs