The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate people who wish to immigrate to Canada and people who are interested in settling in a particular province.

Within each PNP, there are multiple sub-programs and categories, usually known as “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and criteria for their PNP. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target students, business people, skilled workers or semi-skilled workers). In PNP process for PR to Canada divides into PNP territories or provinces these provinces further divide the program into different skills, education qualification and etc. This makes the PR process easier for people who want a PR to Canada But to become a nominee, applicants must show that they meet the criteria determined by the province or territory. The province or territory will show that the applicant has the skills, education, and work experience to be able to make a positive contribution to the local economy and society.

The province or territory will consider the application based on the needs of the specific province, as well as the applicant’s genuine intention to settle there.


To apply to a Provincial Nominee Program, candidates must:

  1. Complete a Provincial Nominee Program application in a province or territory.
  2. Receive a provincial nomination certificate.
  3. Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to become a permanent resident.

People who wish to apply for a PNP should create a profile in Express Entry System and enter the pool. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points toward their CRS score, leaving them with higher chances of receiving an ITA.

List of Provinces which come under PNP are as follows:-

  1. Ontario
  2. British Columbia
  3. Alberta
  4. Manitoba
  5. New Brunswick
  6. Newfoundland and Labrador
  7. Nova Scotia
  8. Prince Edward Island
  9. Saskatchewan
  10. Yukon
  11. Northwest Territories

We can find out more on these provinces by going on their web pages e.g. Ontario provincial nominee program. Were you can find about their respective PNP details, eligibility criteria, process to follow and all other relevant information in details.

Note the province of Quebec does not have a PNP. They have their own set of immigration criteria’s and does not include itself in any of the PNP’s.  

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