Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Immigrate as a Provincial Nominee
The PNP is a permanent immigration program initiated by various Canadian Provinces and Territories that allows nomination of qualified immigrants who can make an immediate economic contribution to the province/territory. Each province and territory (except Nunavut) has its own Provincial Nominee Program selection criteria.
The Federal Government through Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has agreements with provinces and territories which allow them to select a specified number of immigrants for permanent residence.
Candidates are selected based on their profile in Express Entry platform; with such profiles reflecting a connection with the specific province through economic factors such as family ties in the province, a job offer from an employer in the province, currently working in the province, occupation in demand etc.
Each province and territory target certain groups of candidates according to their labour market needs: students, skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, business people, etc. Many streams combine different parameters and requirements to choose the candidates that are most value-adding to the province.
Immigrants selected under the PNP are restricted from working or living outside that province. After a provincial nomination, the candidate is still required to apply to the Federal Government through IRCC for final assessment – based on admissibility factors of medical conditions, security, and criminality.