Provincial Nominee Program
The Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) allows provinces & territory to nominate individuals and their families who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Provincial Nomination is also one of the fast-track options for Canadian Permanent Residency.
Every province and one territory has its own individual Provincial Nomination Program (except for Quebec, which has a different system).
To apply under the Provincial Nominee Program, applicants must be nominated by a Canadian province or territory.
Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. If you choose to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider your Application based on its Immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.
Here is a list of the provinces and one territory currently participating in this program. Since the criteria vary among the provinces, you should visit their websites for more information.
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate Application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for Permanent Residence. A CIC officer will then assess your Application based on Canadian Immigration regulations.
You will have to pass a medical examination and security and criminal checks.
You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada.
Provincial nominees are not assessed on the six selection factors of the Federal Skilled Workers Program.