Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program allows provinces and territories to nominate immigration candidates who demonstrate strong potential to contribute economically within that province. The PNP enables tailored selection aligned to local economic and labor market priorities.

How Provincial Nomination Works

Each participating province/territory manages their own Provincial Nominee Program consisting of specific immigration streams and eligibility criteria geared toward attracting the most relevant workers, graduates, entrepreneurs and investors.

Candidates apply to the PNP stream of a specific province they wish to live and work in. Applications meeting eligibility requirements may receive a provincial nomination certificate. This confirms nomination for permanent residence in that province.

Those nominated can then formally submit a permanent resident application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. As nominees their application is facilitated for faster processing.

Core PNP Candidate Categories

While each PNP is unique, they generally involve a combination of these main applicant categories:

  • Skilled Workers
  • International Graduates
  • Critical Impact Workers
  • Business Immigration

Innovative PNP Selection & Support Features

Many PNPs now offer cutting-edge features like:

  • Points grids
  • Expression of Interest intake systems
  • Priority Occupations Lists
  • Enhanced settlement supports
  • Pathways aimed at agricultural workers and farmers
  • International graduate incentive programs
  • Canadian work experience requirements

Current Active PNPs

Below are the 12 provinces and territories operating Provincial Nominee Programs:

  1. Alberta
  2. British Columbia
  3. Manitoba
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Newfoundland and Labrador
  6. Northwest Territories
  7. Nova Scotia
  8. Nunavut
  9. Ontario
  10. Prince Edward Island
  11. Saskatchewan
  12. Yukon
  13. Quebec - Quebec operates its own distinct Skilled Worker Program rather than a Provincial Nominee Program. However, it serves similar functions for selection and nomination of economic immigrants destined for Quebec

The PNP allows customized recruitment of economic immigrants with strong provincial ties and high-demand attributes to accelerate regional growth. It remains a highlight of Canada’s innovative multi-level immigration system.