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)

Morraine Lake in Alberta, Canada.

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)

A skyline view of British Columbia city.
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)

A cloudy day over Winnipeg bridge in Manitoba, Canada
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)

A lighthouse on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada with a sail boat in the horizon.
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)

Colorful homes in St John's Newfoundland, Canada
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 Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories, Canada
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)

A wide shot of the town of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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 view of the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Lake Ontario.
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)

 An image of a lighthouse in Cedar Dunes Provincial Park in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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 beautiful city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in the summer.
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)

A view of a train in the White Pass and Yukon Route
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. 

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