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PROVINCIAL NOMINATION

PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a fast track to Permanent Residency with each Canadian Province managing its own version of the Program, specific to the economic development needs to the individual territories.

 

Provincial Nomination adds 600 points to an applicants comprehensive ranking system score, which speeds up the process of Canadian Immigration.

 

Many PNP Programs require a formal job offer or Provincial Licensing. If you don’t have a job offer then Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia have their own way of picking people based on occupation codes, connections you might have to the province, or your comprehensive ranking system score.

Provincial Nominee Program Requirements

 

  • Lodge an Express Entry Application
  • Secure a Formal Job Offer OR;
  • Successful Red Seal Challenge (For Skilled Trades) OR;
  • Professional Registration or Licensing in the State (for all professions)
  • Medical Registration in the State (for Healthcare Professionals such as Nurses)

Provincial Nomination Programs

ALBERTA (AAIP)

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program consists of eight streams divided into two main categories : one for workers and the other for entrepreneurs.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

THE BC PNP IS DIVIDED INTO CATEGORIES THAT TARGET SKILLED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS WITH SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND NEEDED IN B.C.

MANITOBA

MANITOBA’S PNP IS COMPRISED OF STREAMS DESIGNED TO NOMINATE SKILLED WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO WISH TO WORK AND LIVE IN THE PROVINCE PERMANENTLY.

NEW BRUNSWICK

THE NBPNP IS NEW BRUNSWICK’S PROVINCIAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM WITH STREAMS TARGETING ENTREPRENEURS, INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES, SKILLED WORKERS.

NEWFOUNDLAND

THE NLPNP ACCEPTS IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS FROM SKILLED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES AND ENTREPRENEURS WHO MEET PROGRAM-SPECIFIC CRITERIA.

NOVA SCOTIA

THE NSNP IS NOVA SCOTIA’S PROGRAM FOR THE NOMINATION OF ELIGIBLE SKILLED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES, ENTREPRENEURS AND PROFESSIONALS.

SASKATCHEWAN

THE SINP IS SASKATCHEWAN’S DEDICATED IMMIGRATION PROGRAM FOR THE SELECTION AND NOMINATION OF ELIGIBLE FOREIGN NATIONALS THROUGH VARIOUS PATHWAYS.

YUKON

YUKON’S PROVINCIAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM ASSISTS ELIGIBLE EMPLOYERS IN CANADA’S NORTHERN TERRITORY TO NOMINATE INTERNATIONALLY-TRAINED FOREIGN WORKERS.

PRINCE EDWARD

THE PEI PNP IS THE ISLAND PROVINCE’S ECONOMIC IMMIGRATION PROGRAM FOR SKILLED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES, AND ENTREPRENEURS.

Alberta is one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces. It lays in Canada’s western region where prairie farmland meets the Rocky Mountains. Alberta is home to an estimated 4.43 million people. Many of the individuals that call Alberta home live in one of its two largest cities: Calgary or Edmonton.

 

As one of Canada’s most popular provinces thanks to the jobs available in its big cities, Alberta is a destination for individuals immigrating to the Canada. Alberta offers its very own immigration program, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) for people seeking to work and live in the province.

 

How does AAIP work?

 

The AAIP is a program that allows individuals to immigrant to the province based on a wide range of criteria. The program gives a range of workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates to settle in Alberta on a permanent basis. Canada has multiple provincial programs that allow individuals to immigrate to the country. The AAIP is just one that is offered in Canada.

 

AAIP applicants receive a provincial nomination certificate if successful. The nomination allows the applicant and their family members to apply for permanent residency in Canada. If applicable, individuals are able to apply for Citizenship Canada or Immigration Refugees.

 

Applicants must meet specific language requirements to obtain the AAIP. Individuals must show their proficiency in English or French to qualify.

 

Alberta is a popular destination for individuals seeking high-quality job opportunities. The province is known for its high quality of life and is Canada’s second-most popular for immigration. Alberta’s capital, Edmonton, is a popular destination for individuals working in the petrol industry. Alberta’s largest city, Calgary, is also a top destination thanks the number of jobs available. Both cities have seen considerable economic growth over the last few years.

 

The AAIP provides applicants with three streams.

 

  • Opportunity Stream – A pathway to permanent Canadian residence for foreign workers. Individuals must have a job offer from an Alberta employer to be eligible for the stream.
  • Express Stream – The pathway allows individuals invited by the province to apply for permanent residency. Candidates are invited to apply with the AAIP selection criteria only made known to the applicant. Applicants who obtain a provincial nomination receive 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. They also receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent Canadian residency from a subsequent draw from the pool of candidates.
  • Self-Employed Farmer Steam – Experienced farmers can apply for the stream as long as they can demonstrate the ability to operate a farm in Alberta.

 

Certain individuals are not eligible to apply for the AAIP. These ineligible individuals include:

 

  • Refugee claimants or persons currently involved in a federal appeal or removal process. The AAIP program does not prevent a federal refugee claim, appeal, or removal process.
  • Temporary Canadian residents living or working in a Canadian province or territory outside of Alberta.
  • Foreign nationals working or living in Canada who do not possess valid temporary resident status.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (ONIP) enables the provincial government to nominate persons for immigration.

 

The ONIP is one of the most diverse, dynamic, and varied. It has categories and streams created to welcome individuals with various skills as business persons, skilled workers, and graduates.

 

Four of Canada’s 10 largest cities are in Ontario. These cities (Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Kitchner) are destinations for many immigrants who relocate to Canada. Each offers a variety of job opportunities and a high standard of living.

 

Toronto is often seen as the ideal city to live in for individuals seeking employment in fields as diverse as finance, hospitality, and media. Meanwhile, Ottawa is the capital city of Canada and offers a variety of job opportunities to skilled workers and business persons.

 

Understanding the ONIP

 

The ONIP is designed to help individuals through various pathways. The different pathways offered gives applicants options when seeking immigration to Canada.

 

The three categories under the ONIP:

 

  • Human Capital
  • Employer Job Offer
  • Business

 

Human Capital Program

 

The program’s Express Entry streams are aligned with Canada’s federal Express Entry pathway. Candidates can only use the Express Entry steams if they have an active Express Entry profile. They must also have an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.

 

The Human Capital streams:

 

  • Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)
  • Skilled Trades (Express Entry)
  • Masters Graduate (Graduate)
  • PhD Graduate (Graduate)

 

Job Offer OINP

 

Ontario businesses are allowed to extend job offers to foreign workers and international students. Individuals may reside in Canada or abroad when applying for the program.

 

The streams for applicants to emigrate through the OINP Employer Job Offer program:

 

  • Foreign Worker
  • International Student
  • In-Demand Skills

 

Business OINP

 

The OINP Business category offers individuals two different streams:

 

  • Entrepreneur
  • Corporate

 

Criteria for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

 

To be successful for the ONIP, applicants must:

 

  • Ensure they qualify for the program
  • Apply to be nominated by the government of Ontario
  • Apply for permanent residency with the government of Canada

 

The ONIP targets applicants that have skills and certain work and education experiences. Canada offers these individuals the chance to live temporary or permanently in the Ontario province. Through programs like the ONIP, Canada strengthens its provinces with skilled and educated individuals capable of improving the fabric of the country.

As long as a candidate has a job offer in a tech industry occupation that is in demand, the whole process can take as little as 6 months.

 

To be selected for the Accelerated Tech Pathway, you have to first be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. As such, you have to go through the following steps:

 

  • Create a candidate profile in the Express Entry pool 

 

  • Send an application to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

 

  • Wait to hear back from AINP

 

  • Apply

 

The following occupations are eligible for the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway

 

  • Telecommunications repair workers and installers
  • Industrial electricians
  • Electricians (apart from those doing power system and industrial work)
  • Illustrators and graphic designers
  • Directors, choreographers, producers, and related occupations
  • Marketing researchers, business development officers, and other consultants
  • Pathologists’ assistants and medical laboratory technicians
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Information systems testing technicians
  • User support technicians
  • Electronics/electrical engineering technicians/technologists
  • Computer network technicians
  • Drafting technicians/technologists
  • Industrial manufacturing/engineering technicians/technologists
  • Web developers and designers
  • Mechanical engineering technologists/technicians
  • Biological technicians/technologists
  • Interactive media developers and computer programmers
  • Data administrators and database analysts
  • Software designers and engineers
  • Information systems consultants and analysts
  • Actuaries, statisticians, and mathematicians
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Electronics and electrical engineers
  • Computer engineers
  • Recruitment and human resources officers
  • Human resources professionals
  • Marketing, advertising, and public relations professionals
  • Corporate sales managers
  • Performing arts, publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures managers
  • Science and architecture managers
  • Information systems and computer managers
  • Engineering managers
  • Telecommunication carriers managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Senior managers of communications, financial, and other business services

The population of Nova Scotia has been slightly declining due to an aging population and a low birth rate. To address this, the province is encouraging immigration and allowing individuals to settle in Nova Scotia without a job offer.

 

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operates similarly to the Express Entry system but can nominate candidates from its own pool. Applicants are selected based on their age, education, and language proficiency. While having a job offer improves the chances of permanent residency, it is not mandatory. Skilled workers who can fill employment gaps are also considered.

 

The Nova Scotia PNP offers four pathways:

 

  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry Program
  • Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Program

 

Except for the Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry, all paths require a job offer. The Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry allows applicants without a job offer but with relevant work experience to apply.

 

Requirements for the Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry are:

 

  • At least one year of work experience in a relevant occupation listed on the application.
  • A registered profile with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Program.
  • A minimum of 67 points on the Express Entry Score Grid (out of 100).
  • Equivalent to Canadian high school education.
  • Proficiency in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Sufficient financial resources to settle in Nova Scotia.

 

Applications are accepted periodically based on demand and the number of applicants. Not all occupations are always included, and the list can change based on labor market needs. If there is an influx of immigrants in one occupation, applications for that occupation may be closed and reopened for higher-demand jobs.

British Columbia is one of the most diverse provinces in Canada – it hosts people from all over Canada, and some from outside the country as well. In fact, the province receives around 35,000 immigrants each year.  And to sweeten the pot, the province provides its residents with a high quality of life and is full of ocean coasts, green forests, and snow-capped mountains.

 

Vancouver is consistently named as one of the most livable cities in the world. All things considered, British  Columbia is a great place to live. Fortunately, moving to this province isn’t that hard. It has a nomination program that makes it easy for you to become a permanent resident – you can even immigrate to British Columbia without a job offer.

 

The British Columbia PNP allows British Columbia to nominate eligible candidates for expedited permanent residence in Canada. The candidates don’t even need to have a job offer – they just have to be interested in British Columbia and have experience/skills that are in demand in the province.

 

How to Apply for British Columbia PNP

 

You can apply for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in two ways. One method involves directly contacting the BC PNP authorities to apply. If they agree to nominate you, you then create an Express Entry profile and enter your BC PNP credentials.

 

Alternatively, you can start by opening an Express Entry profile. Once your profile is active, you can express interest in the BC PNP through the Express Entry system. If you’re eligible, the BC PNP may invite you to apply. If selected, you receive 600 points, significantly boosting your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which often guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

 

British Columbia PNP Streams

 

The BC PNP offers two streams that do not require a job offer for permanent residence in British Columbia. The first stream, Skills Immigration – International Post Graduate, allows BC to nominate candidates with a master’s degree or doctorate in applied, natural, or health sciences from a British Columbia institution. Eligible fields include mathematics and sciences, natural resources conservation, physical sciences, agriculture, engineering, biomedical and biological sciences, computer and information sciences, and health professions.

 

When applying for this stream, note that you don’t need an Express Entry profile. You should apply within three years of the date on your official transcript. Additionally, you must provide evidence that you intend to live and work in British Columbia. This can include proof of previous or current stays in BC, work, study, or family ties to the province, plans for work authorization, financial self-sufficiency, community engagement, job search efforts, or settlement activities like finding housing.

 

The second stream, Express Entry BC – International Post Graduate, is similar to the first but is aligned with the Express Entry system. If you have an Express Entry profile and meet the previously mentioned requirements, this stream offers priority processing for your BC PNP application and permanent residency. When applying, you must provide a valid IRCC Express Entry job seeker validation code and Express Entry profile number.

 

By following these guidelines and selecting the appropriate stream, you can effectively apply for permanent residence in British Columbia through the BC PNP.

Located in Western Canada, Saskatchewan is a beautiful prairie province. It is bordered by Alberta on the west, by Manitoba on the east, by the Northwest Territories on the north, and by Montana (USA) and Dakota (USA) on the south. Apart from Alberta, Saskatchewan is the only other landlocked Canadian province. But this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have resources – it is full of water bodies, food, and even fuel.

 

If there’s one thing you should know about Saskatchewan, it is that its economy is robust. And with the province’s economy expected to grow by 3.4% in 2024, we can only expect more opportunities in the future, many of which can be filled by immigrants.

 

Currently, Saskatchewan is already facing large labor shortages, particularly in the health, manufacturing, hospitality, construction, retail, agriculture, and ag-tech sector. This rampant labor shortage has forced Saskatchewan’s provincial government to even launch new immigration pathways.

 

If you’re interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan, you’re lucky – there are several ways to do this, all of which are under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

 

Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot

 

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Programme (SINP) provides Saskatchewan employers with a unique advantage – the ability to recruit through international recruitment activities like overseas missions. This program is designed to particularly help employers that are having difficulties filling select jobs.

 

One great thing about this immigration stream is that it doesn’t just deal with senior positions. On the contrary, it even accepts applications for entry-level jobs that are critical for business operation and may need on-the-job training.

 

To be eligible for the Saskatchewan Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot, you must:

 

  • Have a full-time permanent job offer
  • Have a SINP approval letter – it should be from a registered Saskatchewan employer and for an eligible occupation
  • Meet a minimum language proficiency level in English or French
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the same occupation as your job offer/have at least 6 months of work experience in the job in Saskatchewan

 

International Skilled Worker Category

 

The SINP has 3 main categories, each with its own subcategories. One of these categories is the International Skilled Worker Category. Its subcategories include:

 

  • Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • Occupation In-Demand
  • Employment Offer

 

The first two sub-categories use an Expression of Interest system. Beyond that, the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream caters to those in the Federal Express Entry pool. On the other hand, the Employment Offer sub-category is for people who have Saskatchewan job offers in skilled occupations.

 

If you don’t have a job offer but have skills in an occupation that is in demand in Saskatchewan though, your best bet is the Occupation In-Demand stream.

 

Saskatchewan Experience Category

 

The Saskatchewan Experience Category has 6 sub-categories:

 

  • Long haul truck drivers
  • Skilled worker with existing work permit
  • Health professional
  • Semi-skilled agriculture worker with existing work permit
  • Hospitality sector pilot project
  • Students 

 

To be eligible for the Skilled worker with existing work permit sub-category, you need to be a skilled worker with a valid permit who has been working in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months. Similarly, ideal applicants to the semi-skilled agriculture worker with existing work permit subcategory are workers with a valid permit who have been working in the province for at least 6 months.

 

On the other hand, the health professionals subcategory is a means by which healthcare professionals can apply to become permanent residents of Saskatchewan. There’s a catch though – they have to have been already working in the province for at least 6 months on a temporary work permit.

 

As for the students’ subcategory, it caters to students who have studied in either a Saskatchewan or Canadian post-secondary institution. As its name suggests, the long haul truck drivers category is for long haul-truckers who have been working in the country on a temporary permit and wish to transition into permanent residents.

 

Finally, the hospitality sector pilot project is designed for foreigners who have been working in Saskatchewan for more than 6 months as cleaning staff, food servers, and kitchen helpers. 

 

Business immigration category

 

This immigration pathway has 4 streams:

 

  • Entrepreneur
  • International graduate entrepreneurs
  • Young farmers
  • Farm owners

 

Of all these streams, only the last two cater for people who have farming experience and the financial means to buy or start farms in Saskatchewan. As for the entrepreneur stream, it is designed for applicants who have a minimum worth of $500,000 and are looking to buy or start a business in the province.

 

This stream is quite similar to the international graduate entrepreneurs one- the only major difference is that the latter is for international graduates of Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions.

New Brunswick is one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces and three maritime ones. It is bordered by Nova Scotia to the east, Maine (US) to the west, Quebec to the north, and Bay of Fundy and Chignecto Bay to the south. This province is also heavily forested and is covered by the Appalachians in its northern half.

 

These features give the province a continental climate which is characterized by temperate summers and cold snowy winters. But this is not all that makes New Brunswick special – it also has a booming labor market. As the province recovers from the recent economic issues, the unemployment rate is reducing and the number of full-time jobs available is increasing.

 

It’s therefore not surprising that a lot of New Brunswick employers are now more willing than ever to recruit foreigners who are willing to become Canadian permanent residents.

 

If you’re interested in immigrating to New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Nominee Program (BSNP) is the way to go. Under this program, there are 5 categories, each of which aims to attract immigration candidates who will meet the province’s specific labor and economic needs. These categories are:

 

New Brunswick Express Entry stream

 

This immigration stream is designed for candidates who are in the federal Express Entry pool and have the skills, work experience, and education required to boost the province’s economy. Within the Express Entry pool, profiles are assessed and scored on factors like age, adaptability, language skills, work experience, education, and the presence of a job offer.

 

Beyond that, the New Brunswick Express Entry stream requires eligible candidates to have:

 

  • Intent to live in New Brunswick
  • A connection to New Brunswick
  • The necessary settlement funds

 

New Brunswick Skilled Worker stream

 

This stream is for people aged between 19 and 55 years who want to live in New Brunswick and have a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in the province. To be eligible for this immigration category, you need to have:

 

  • A genuine permanent full-time job offer
  • Proof that you’re qualified for the job offer you received
  • Been offered a competitive wage
  • Proof that you intend to live in New Brunswick
  • Required licenses/certificates for job offers in regulated occupations

 

New Brunswick Skilled Worker stream for Truck Drivers

 

This is a worker stream specifically for truck drivers who have received a full-time permanent offer from a New Brunswick employer. To be eligible for this immigration stream, truck drivers need to have:

 

  • Proof of intent to live in New Brunswick
  • At least 2 years of work experience in the last 5 years with 6 months of experience in New Brunswick either on a post-graduation work permit or LMIA-supported work permit
  • A valid New Brunswick Class 1 driving license
  • Been offered a salary that is competitive with the province’s wage rates for the occupation
  • Been hired by a business that has a physical location in New Brunswick and has been actively operating in the province under the same ownership for at least 2 years

 

New Brunswick Entrepreneurial stream

 

If you’re a professional who wants to move to New Brunswick and run a business there, this is the best immigration stream for you.  To be eligible for this stream, you need to:

 

  • Be between 22 and 55 years of age
  • At least 2 years of post-secondary education
  • Have proof of language proficiency in English or French – of at least CLB level 5
  • Have proof of an eligible connection to the province
  • Have a net worth of at least $600,000
  • Own at least 33% of a New Brunswick business, investing at least $250,000

 

New Brunswick Postgraduate Entrepreneurial stream

 

This is for international graduates from New Brunswick post-secondary institutions that started or bought a business in the province and have been running it for at least a year. Eligible candidates need to:

 

  • Be between 22 and 40 years of age
  • Have a language proficiency of at least CLB level 7 in English or French
  • Have the intent to permanently live in New Brunswick
  • Have a valid post-graduation work permit

Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs, are often considered beneficial ways for immigrants with specific skills or a specific destination in mind to get through the immigration application process with additional support, and accelerated review through the support of provincial governments before their application is reviewed at a federal government level.

 

Each separate province or territory has its own program and each sponsors different types of visas depending on the needs of the province. The only exception to this is Quebec, which does not have a program, but still offers a specific Skilled Worker Program to those looking to immigrate to Quebec with a desirable, in-demand skill set.

 

The Provincial Nominee Program allows a province to nominate an immigrating applicant and their immediate family that are looking to reside in that province to the government. Provinces consider each application based on their own specific criteria, which then allows them to nominate applicants to the Canadian government as being supported by the province for immigration.

 

Provinces in the program offer several ‘streams’ or subprograms, depending on what kind of visa an applicant might be asking for, and each province sets the criteria that an applicant must meet, which are individual to each province.

Some provinces prefer to focus on in-demand specialized skills, while other provinces may prioritize French speakers, though all will have more than one criterion which must be met. All applicants must prove that they have the experience, skills, and knowledge to contribute to the local economy in a positive way to be considered eligible for the PNP.

 

So, getting provincial support for immigration consideration by the Canadian government sounds fantastic – but how do you achieve this? Firstly, you must determine your eligibility by going through the criteria of each province and ensuring that you meet all the requirements.

 

You must complete a Provincial Nominee Program application form which will then be sent off to the province or territory in question. If you meet all the eligibility requirements and have completed a form you may then be approved for nomination. If so, the province will send you a Provincial Nomination certificate, which then means that you can apply to the federal government for your permanent residency application for residential status.

Some provinces operate on a first-come-first-served application consideration policy, while others do not, so it is always best to check which your desired province offers. Streams operating on an Express Entry route mean applicants can apply using the digital Express Entry, which is a federal initiative to increase the speed at which an applicant can immigrate. It must be noted that there are both PNP streams and federal immigration programs that do not use the Express Entry initiative, and only those who match another, different, set of criteria from PNP criteria can use Express Entry as part of the process.

 

Express Entry PNP nominations count as advanced and earn potential immigrants 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (or CRS) points, which are needed to be successful in federal Express Entry draws from their pool of immigration candidates.

 

CRS points are invaluable, as a CRS score is assigned to every Express Entry user to help the government decide who should get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada. This is scored out of 1200, so by applying through a Provincial Nominee Program within Express Entry, you automatically gain 600 points, providing a bonus that would almost ensure that you receive an ITA. If you are interested in using Express Entry to apply for a PNP application, then you must first sign up to Express Entry and therefore be placed in the immigration application pool.