Canada implements Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to boost the economy and demography of participating provinces and territories. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows the selection of candidates according to the specific objectives of the province. Eligible candidates who wish to settle in a particular province benefit from the PNPs.

Most provinces and territories of Canada participate in the Provincial Nominee Program. These are:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

No. Quebec has a special arrangement with the Canadian government to select the immigrants who wish to settle in the province. With individual selection criteria of immigrants, Quebec has the authority of selecting immigrants without participating in the Provincial Nominee Program.

No. The provincial nomination enables you to expedite your immigration if you have a special attachment to the particular province. You can immigrate to Canada even without having a provincial nomination.

Having a provincial nomination accelerates the processing of your immigration application. It adds 600 points to the CRS score and improves the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply through an Express Entry draw.

Apply for the provincial nomination to the relevant provincial government. Apply for provincial nomination before applying for Canadian immigration.

Meeting the local and provincial labor market needs is the main aim of the Provincial Nominee Program. 

The PNP allows provinces and territories to select candidates through the Express Entry system to improve the local economy. These are enhanced nominations under PNP.

The candidate with enhanced provincial nomination qualifies to get additional 600 points in the CRS score. It is fifty percent of the maximum available points in the Comprehensive Ranking System. The sum of all these points will result in an Invitation to Apply during the subsequent Express Entry draw.

One may enter the Express Entry Pool and then apply for the provincial nomination to improve the CRS score. Another option is to obtain a provincial nomination and then enter the Express Entry pool. You may select all provinces while creating the Express Entry profile to improve your chances of getting a Provincial Nomination.

Base provincial nominations are provincial nominations outside the Express Entry system. Candidates with eligibility for provincial nomination can immigrate to Canada without using the express entry system with the base Provincial Nomination. The following are simple steps to immigrate with base Provincial Nomination:

  • Apply for the provincial nomination by meeting the requirements of the PNP stream.
  • Use the provincial nomination certificate to apply for permanent residency to the federal government.

 One need not be eligible for Express Entry selection to immigrate to any province because of the base Provincial Nomination.

No. A provincial nomination certificate is only the first step of selection. The federal government is responsible for the next stage of admission. You must satisfy admissibility criteria and other requirements of the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to obtain Canada Immigration Visa.

The ability to contribute to the province’s economy is a vital criterion for the provincial selection of the nominees. The following are some criteria to obtain a provincial nomination:

  • A valid job offer from an employer in the province
  • Education credentials
  • Language skills
  • Association with the province such as close relatives
  • Ability to gel with the provincial culture and life
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