Provincial Nomination Program

Canada, comprising 10 provinces and 3 territories, is one of the prosperous countries in the world. The country, located in North America, closely resembles the US in its stable economic system and standards of living. Ensuring a safe and secure living, Canada encourages diversified population offering world-class services to its people to lead a peaceful, comfortable, happy and joyful life. Hence, it’s considered safe to migrate to Canada.

Applying for Canadian Permanent Residence with a Provincial Nomination

 Provincial Nominee Programs across Canada are actively seeking and retaining eligible foreign nationals by making the process of applying for Canadian permanent residence more accessible. Whether a provincial nomination certificate is issued via Express Entry or outside the selection system, a nominee is still required to submit a separate application for Permanent Resident (PR) status to IRCC.

Each Canadian province and territory except Quebec has its own unique Provincial Nominee Program. Each PNP has at least one immigration stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry Immigration selection system. Provincial nominations issued under these Express Entry-aligned streams are awarded an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Many enhanced nomination streams have a low or even no CRS requirement and, as a result, provide opportunities to selected Express Entry candidates who may not otherwise have the minimum required score to obtain an ITA. Candidates selected through these streams generally have work experience that is needed in the province, among other requirements.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta’s provincial immigration program consists of three streams: The Alberta Opportunity Stream, the Alberta Express Entry Stream, and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. The province issues provincial nominations to foreign nationals who meet program-specific criteria and demonstrate an intention to reside in the prairie province.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

 The BC PNP consists of the Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration Streams. These streams are divided into categories that target skilled workers, international graduates and other professionals with skills, experience and qualifications needed in B.C.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba’s provincial immigration program is comprised of streams designed to nominate skilled workers and their families who wish to work and live in the province permanently. The MPNP is currently undergoing renewal.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

The NBPNP is New Brunswick’s provincial immigration program with streams targeting entrepreneurs, international graduates, skilled workers with employer support and skilled workers in the federal government’s Express Entry selection system.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

The NLPNP accepts immigration applications from skilled workers, international graduates and entrepreneurs who meet program-specific criteria such as a job or job offer, intent to reside, and the ability to become economically established in the province.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s program for the nomination of eligible skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs and professionals looking to settle permanently in the province. The program has various economic immigration streams with not one, but three streams aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system.

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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Through the OINP, Ontario nominates foreign workers, international students, business owners or entrepreneurs who have the skills, experience, education and intent to settle in the province as permanent residents.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

The PEI PNP is the island province’s economic immigration program for skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs who demonstrate the intention to live and work in PEI, and show the ability to become economically established in the province.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The SINP is Saskatchewan’s dedicated immigration program for the selection and nomination of eligible foreign nationals through various pathways, including its leading International Skilled Worker: Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand categories.


Québec is a destination of choice for anyone with plans to immigrate for professional reasons. Each year, Québec selects thousands of immigrant workers whose skills, in addition to other factors, facilitate their job integration. Recognized for its quality of life, Québec offers an environment that is unique in the world, with abundant nature, safe cities and welcoming society.