Provincial nomination offers a valuable route to Canadian permanent residence.
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.
Each Canadian province and territory (except Nunavut and Quebec) has its own unique Provincial Nominee Program. Each PNP has at least one immigration stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.
Provincial nominations issued under these Express Entry-aligned streams are known as 'enhanced nominations' and award Express Entry candidates an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
With more than 80 provincial immigration streams, discovering the Canadian immigration pathway that best suits you may be challenging. The Canada PNP Finder is designed to help you discover the right immigration pathway to Canadian permanent residence, and track the latest Canada PNP updates. Learn more about Canada's PNPs by clicking on the provinces below.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Alberta's provincial immigration program consists of three streams: The Alberta Opportunity Stream, the Alberta Express Entry Stream, and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. The province issues provincial nominations to foreign nationals who meet program-specific criteria and demonstrate an intention to reside in the prairie province.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
The BC PNP consists of the Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration Streams. These streams are divided into categories that target skilled workers, international graduates and other professionals with skills, experience and qualifications needed in B.C.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
Manitoba's provincial immigration program is comprised of streams designed to nominate skilled workers and their families who wish to work and live in the province permanently. The MPNP is currently undergoing renewal.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
The NBPNP is New Brunswick's provincial immigration program with streams targeting entrepreneurs, international graduates, skilled workers with employer support and skilled workers in the federal government's Express Entry selection system.
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
The NLPNP accepts immigration applications from skilled workers, international graduates and entrepreneurs who meet program-specific criteria such as a job or job offer, intent to reside, and the ability to become economically established in the province.
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.
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)
Through the OINP, Ontario nominates foreign workers, international students, business owners or entrepreneurs who have the skills, experience, education and intent to settle in the province as permanent residents.
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 SINP is Saskatchewan's dedicated immigration program for the selection and nomination of eligible foreign nationals through various pathways, including its leading International Skilled Worker: Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand categories.
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.
Applying for Canadian Permanent Residence with a Provincial Nomination
Provincial Nominee Programs across Canada are actively seeking and retaining eligible foreign nationals by making the processing of applying for Canadian permanent residence more accessible.
Whether a provincial nomination certificate is issued via Express Entry or outside the selection system, a nominee is still required to submit a separate application for Permanent Resident (PR) status to IRCC. Find out how long it may take a Canadian immigration application to process using our Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool.
The Northern Canada territory of Nunavut does not currently have a PNP and Quebec does not participate in the federal government's PNP. Instead, the Governments of Quebec and Canada have entered into a series of agreements which enables the province of Quebec to establish its own selection criteria for all economic immigrants who want to live in Quebec.
Learn more about settling in Canada by visiting our Life in Canada page.