What is the Provincial Nominee Program PNP and What Provinces take Part in PNP

What is Provincial Nomination Program PNP?

The Provincial Nominee Program is a program that gives provinces the option to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. This program is geared towards allowing Canada’s provinces and territories to select you as an individual who has shown interest in settling within Canada in a particular province and/or territory. As an interested individual you must also be able to contribute to that certain province and/or territory’s economic development. The Provincial Nomination Program is essentially a quicker way of obtaining Permanent Resident status in Canada.

Criteria Provinces Look for in their Nominees

The program is designed to choose individuals who will be able to settle into life and work in the region, as well as, effectively contribute to the community. One of the requirements a nominee has to meet is the language test requirements. Language test requirements for semi or low skilled job under the Express Entry Route for managerial job, professional job, technical job and skilled trade one would be tested on ability to listen, speak, read, and write in English or French. The minimum standard depends on each province or territory. Other eligibility standards vary depending on the province.

Things that most provinces look for are:

  • Job offer from an employer in the province
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Close relations within the province
  • The individual’s ability to adapt to life in that province

Why was the Provincial Nominee Program created?

The point of the Provincial Nomination Program is to build up each province economically. The goal is for provinces to bring in individual who will be mutually beneficial to themselves and the province. The requirements are usually narrowed down to criteria specifically designed to build each province up with individuals who fulfill the specific needs.

For example, provinces like Alberta or Saskatchewan are interested in building up their farming industries and the individuals with that sort of experience may be a great benefit to these provinces. Provinces on the east side like Nova Scotia might be more interested in building up their fishing industries and therefore want more individuals with that sort of background. Economy is the number one thing here. If it is not benefiting the province in anyway, then there is no rush in bringing you in as quickly as possible.

What provinces take part in the Provincial Nomination Program?

The provincial nominee program nominates and chooses foreign nationals from the federal government to gain permanent residency in Canada. The programs aim at bringing individuals to Canada who will provide their skills, education, or work experience to the province in which they will be required in.

The Provinces who have the Provincial Nominee Program are the following 9 provinces and 3 territories of Canada excluding Quebec as it has its own program (which is different than the Provincial Nominee Program):

Each province has its own procedures/guidelines and requirements for its nominee program.

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • P.E.I
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon

British Columbia:

The Provincial Nominee Program in B.C. is set out to help them meet their ever evolving labour marked needs. If you are a qualified worker who has the skills and the experience that can contribute to their economy you will have the opportunity to be picked


There are a number of different ways in which you may be eligible to come to Alberta. Some of them are:

  • Employer Driven Stream- This is for Alberta employers who want to retain you on a permanent, full- time bases. The employers will use this when they are having a hard time finding a Canadian or an Albertan to fill the position. This will be for you if you plan to live and work full-time in Alberta permanently.
  • Strategic Recruitment Stream- If you have the skills that are in demand in Alberta at the current time then this stream may be just for you! You may be able to apply directly to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program without even needing an employer to support your application.
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream- This stream will be for you if you are a farm owner or operator with the proven management skills and the financial resources that you will need to develop a sustainable growth-oriented farming business in Alberta


The Manitoba government is one that will select you if you are a skilled immigrant with family whom are interested in sharing in the prosperity of their communities

New Brunswick:

This Provincial Nominee Program is made possible from an agreement with the Government of Canada. They are looking for you if you are a qualified business person or skilled worker from around the world who will live in New Brunswick and help to contribute to their local economy

Newfoundland and Labrador:

This Provincial Nominee Program has the ability to offer an alternate and faster way of entry into Canada. It allows Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate you if you qualify under the provincially established requirements for Permanent Resident Status

Northwest Territories:

Their program is operated by the Government of the Northwest Territories with an agreement through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This will be for you if you are a qualified business owner or a self-employed professional who wants to acquire permanent residency in a shorter time than the regular process

Nova Scotia:

This is a two-step process for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada. It allows the Government of Nova Scotia to recruit and pick you if you intend to settle in their province, have the skills and education and the work experience that is needed to make a contribution to their labour market and economic needs right away


This is where you and your families can get nominated through Ontario to become Permanent Resident Status based on a pre-approved job offer within the Province

Prince Edward Island:

P.E.I. is open to welcoming you to their Province if you are wishing to embrace the opportunities that come from living in one of Canada’s smallest provinces. Prince Edward Island has a long history of welcoming newcomers who have gone on to become some of the greatest leaders, entrepreneurs, trades people and even artisans. If any of this sounds appealing to you, then maybe Prince Edward Island is where you should be


Saskatchewan’s Nominee Program can provide you with an alternate and faster way into Canada. This program allows them to nominate you if you qualify under criteria that Is established by the province, to the Federal Government for Landed Immigrant Status


This program was created in order to allow the Government of Yukon to nominate immigrants based on the industrial and economic priorities as well as the labour market conditions. They have the ability to choose you if you have a strong likelihood of successfully establishing yourself in the Yukon society

Are we able to assist you?

Yes we are! Our associates at our Immigration Law Firm fully understand how confusing that all of this information can be, especially since there is so much of it. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything that you are unsure of, or for any questions that you may have. We have a lot of experience dealing with immigration matters and are always more than happy to help out in any way that we can. If you like to immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program then call us at today at 416-477-2545 and will determine if you meet the requirements to get nominated!!

With Akrami and Associates there is always a way!

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