Provincial Nominee Program

The Canadian government has launched a new Express Entry immigration selection system that will make it easier for skilled workers to immigrate.

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 has its distinctive Provincial Nominee Program.

Each PNP has at least one immigration stream that is associated with the federal Express 


Entry immigration selection criteria. Provincial nominations issued under these Express Entry affiliated streams are known as enhanced nominations and award Express Entry candidates an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

This category differs slightly in that immigrants apply directly to a provincial nominee program (“PNP”. This application process allows these immigrants to potentially obtain permanent residency and eventually Canadian citizenship.

While the processes vary by province, most provinces have adopted the following process:

You’ll start by registering an expression of interest with your preferred province. After receiving an application invitation, you’ll apply and have to pass the interview if needed.

In case of entrepreneur or business individual, you have to sign the performance agreement with the province, you’ll apply for a Canadian work permit. Once you arrive in Canada as a foreign worker, you’ll establish your company and operate your business according to the performance agreement you signed. Finally, you’ll apply for nomination and afterward for permanent residence.

Again, this is just a general procedure. You may need to confirm the exact process with your desired province

Below are the PNPs for immigration to Canada:

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