Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is one of the Fast-Track options for obtaining the Canadian Permanent Residency. Persons who immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory (Except Quebec) that nominates them. Since January 1, 2015, many provinces and territories have launched new PNP programs to support the Federal Express Entry streams under which the candidates obtain 600 additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System under the Express Entry.
Each province and territory has their unique Provincial Nomination Program. 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 applicants choose to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, they must first apply to the province where they wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider their application based on its immigration needs and their genuine intention to settle there. Each PNP is designed to meet the specific needs of that province or territory to select the nominees who will live and work in that province or territory to contribute to the economy.
Here is a list of the provinces and territories currently participating in this program. Since the criteria vary among the provinces, please visit each province for more information.
After the applicant is nominated by a province or territory, he/she has to make a separate application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence (Express Entry supported with PNP nomination is filed differently). An IRCC officer will then assess his/her application based on Canadian immigration regulations.
All applicants and their family members will have to pass a medical examination and security and criminal checks. Applicants must also show that they have enough money to support themselves and their dependents after they arrive in Canada.