Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) is a number of immigration programs designed to stimulate economic development in all provinces and territories except Quebec. A PNP offers the Government of Canada’s official endorsement of a foreign national’s application to live and work in that specific province.
Each Canadian province and territory has its own methodology for endorsing applicants, with most using a points system to determine if an applicant is eligible under their program. While each province may have different eligibility criteria, they all are aimed at those who have ties to the province.
The list of PNPs
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
Ontario runs one of Canada’s largest Provincial Nominee Programs, targeting highly skilled foreign workers and experienced business people to live in the province. OINP is run by the Ontario government to attract skilled immigrants to live and work in Ontario.
British Columbia PNP
The BC PNP program is designed to attract business immigrants, skilled workers and international students to come to the province of British Columbia. Applicants with a job offer from a B.C. employer or who meet certain criteria can apply under this program, which is managed by the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
The AINP helps qualified individuals who want to live and work permanently in the province. The AINP seeks out individuals who can fill gaps in Alberta’s labour market and will be successful if they settle in the province.
The Manitoba MPNP program is designed to attract qualified skilled workers and experienced entrepreneurs to live and work permanently in the province of Manitoba. Through MPNP, the government of Manitoba works with businesses to provide immigration options for high skilled workers and international students.
The SINP is operated by the Saskatchewan government to attract immigrants who can contribute to the workforce in the province. Applicants under this program must have a job offer in Saskatchewan or meet the criteria of the streams without job offers.
Nova Scotia PNP
The NSNP is run by the Nova Scotia provincial government to attract immigrants who can contribute to the local economy. Applicants under this program can use one of the ten streams to obtain PR in Canada.
New Brunswick PNP
The NBPNP program is run by the New Brunswick provincial government to attract skilled workers to fill out vacancies in several occupations. Applicants under this program can use one of the five streams to obtain PR in Canada.
Prince Edward Island PNP
The PEI PNP is designed to help immigrants start a business or find a job in the province. Applicants under this program can use one of the three streams to obtain PR in Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador PNP
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) The NLPNP operates through Joint Action Committees responsible for nominating individuals based on regional labour market needs and economic development.
Northwest Territories PNP
The objective of the NTNP is to attract skilled individuals from around the world, who can make a significant contribution to economic development in Canada’s territories. The Manager of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program has overall responsibility for developing and implementing a strategy that attracts quality candidates.
The YNP is designed to attract and retain skilled workers and business people in the Yukon Territory. The program operates through Joint Action Committees responsible for nominating individuals based on regional labour market needs and economic development.
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