The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a key element of Canada’s immigration policy. More than 200,000 people are expected to obtain permanent residence from Canada under a provincial nominee program from 2019 to 2021.
This makes the Provincial Nominee Program the fastest growing economic immigration program in Canada. In recent years, the federal government has progressively increased annual provincial allocations to their respective PNPs, demonstrating the growing importance of these programs in the overall Canadian immigration landscape.
As part of the provincial nominee program or, more specifically, programs, the provinces and territories of Canada may designate individuals and families who wish to establish in their province or territory based on criteria defined by Province.
To become a candidate in the province, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the defined criteria. This will demonstrate that the candidate has the skills, training and work experience needed to make a positive contribution to the local economy and society. The province or territory will review the application based on the needs of the province in question and the actual intention of the applicant to settle there.
Within each PNP, there are several subroutines and categories, usually called “flows”. You can find out which PNP streams and categories are currently open in our PNP Canada Live Tracker, which now includes a great new tool to help you find the PNP feed that’s right for you.
To apply to a provincial nominee program, applicants must:
- Complete an application for a provincial nominee program in a province or territory.
- Receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate.
- Ask Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to become a permanent resident.
Some components of the PNP program operate on a first-come, first-served basis, while others require potential candidates to first register a declaration of interest. In addition, some PNP flows operate outside the federal Express Entry immigration system – they are called “core” flows – while other PNP flows are aligned with Express Entry.
Express Entry Via Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Most provinces and territories have streams that are connected to the federal Express Entry selection system, through which “enhanced” nominations are available, which give applicants an additional 600 points from the Global Ranking System (CRS).
A provincial application is the most valuable factor of the NCPS, ensuring that the candidate receives an invitation to apply in a subsequent drawing.
The CRS is a score out of 1,200 assigned to Express Entry candidates, who decides who must get an ITA for permanent residence. In almost every series of Express Entry draws, these 600 bonus points would ensure that the applicant receives an ITA.
Those wishing to apply for a provincial application under an enhanced stream of the PCP must first create an Express Entry profile and enter the pool.
Detailed Guide For each & every Provincial Nominee Program in Canada
Find out about the proposed provincial nominee programs for each participating province and territory below. It should be noted that Quebec runs its own skilled worker program and does not have a provincial nominee program.
Ontario has one of the most diverse and dynamic provincial candidate programs Skilled workers, graduates and business people can plan their immigration to Ontario.
British Columbia offers a wide range of streams and categories to workers, graduates and contractors as part of its Provincial Nominee Program. It includes categories aligned with the federal immigration selection system of Canada’s federal Express Entry system.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Alberta has recently surpassed British Columbia as Canada’s second largest immigration destination. Its provincial nominee program welcomes workers, graduates and entrepreneurs across the province.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
The Manitoba Nominee Program has been modified in recent months. We have described these changes, along with other planned improvements.
Learn about Manitoba’s Nominee Program
This Canadian Prairie province wants to welcome applicants to Express Entry, as well as workers in high-demand occupations.
With many flows aligned with Express Entry and the opportunity to host graduates and entrepreneurs, Nova Scotia is becoming an increasingly popular destination.
The NBPP includes a popular component related to Express Entry, as well as opportunities for workers with job offers and immigrant entrepreneurs.
The PEI PCP. Accepts applications for Entry Express applicants, skilled workers, graduates and commercial investors.
The PNL-PN includes Canadian immigration routes for express entry candidates, graduates, workers and businessmen.
If you have a job offer in the north of the Northwest Territories, PNNT could be your immigration route. Express entry candidates have a dedicated stream under the NTNP.
Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
The Yukon is looking for Entry Express candidates and other workers, as well as business people, to contribute to life in the territory.
Learn more about the Yukon Nominee Program
Provincial Nominee Program Processing Time 2019
Processing times under the Provincial Nominee Program depend largely on whether or not the application was submitted under a PNP flow linked to Express Entry or any of the other non-Express Entry flows.
Also note that the overall processing time includes processing by the province receiving the provincial application, and if the application is successful, applicants can then apply to the federal government for permanent residence, which also results in a delay in processing. extra waiting.
Most provinces have reduced their processing times to a few months or even weeks. For Express Entry applications, the federal processing time remains six months or less before permanent residence. Applications related to non-express entry tend to take a little longer.
You can use this tool to check processing times for the Provincial Nominee Program at the federal level. For the initial application in the province, it is recommended that you inform the provincial authorities of the most recent or anticipated processing times.
Types Of Provincial Nominee Program
With over 70 unique PCP components in the provinces, we can group them into three broad categories: first come, first served, interest and liability.
This means that once the stream is open, applications are accepted in the order in which they are submitted until a quota is reached, which usually happens quickly.
- Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Category B
- Ontario Masters Graduate stream
Or, applications are accepted continuously, rather than for short periods of application admission. Examples include:
- Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers: Job Posting
- Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador
Expression of Interest
This is the recommended method for provinces that incorporate point systems into their provincial nominee program streams. In some respects, it reflects the federal Express Entry system, with potential applicants first having to submit their application by submitting an Expression of Interest form.
- British Columbia Express Entry Skilled Worker
- Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas
The minimum scores required to receive an invitation through these feeds and other EOI-based feeds vary from one run to another. There is no way of knowing what score may be needed in the future. Therefore, the best advice is to be in the appropriate group so that your application is selected based on your references.
Some PNP flows are considered passive because candidates, who can often be express entry candidates, can not actively apply or declare their interest in being considered for an application via these streams. Potential candidates may instead be contacted by the province in question and asked to apply.
- All three of Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams: Human Capital Priorities, French-Speaking Skilled Worker, and Skilled Trades.
- Alberta Express Entry
- Nova Scotia Labour Market Prioritie
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