Provincial Nominee Programs (P.N.P.)
Each province and the two territories 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 immigration to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and obtain a Nomination Certificate from the province or territory. Each province and territory has a number of different categories within their Nominee Programs. The province or territory will consider your application based upon its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.
These programs can include, but are not limited to:
- Employer Sponsored – these programs are often aimed at applicants who have a permanent job offer from an eligible employer and are already living and working in the nominating province or territory.
- Business Applicants – applicants with sufficient funds willing to invest in an existing business or establish a new business may qualify for nomination under a business category.
- International Students – upon receipt of an offer of employment, it may be possible for students who have recently graduated from a provincial college to apply for nomination.
There are many programs available and the eligibility criterion is different for each program in each province or territory.
The requirements for these programs can be less demanding than the requirements under the Federal programs, although some programs still require an applicant to meet the requisite number of points as determined by the nominating province or territory.
The provinces and territories which are currently participating in this program are:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
** Québec has its own immigration program **
Once you have obtained a Nomination Certificate from the province or territory you may apply for a permanent resident visa.