Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)


What is PNP?

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows Canada’s provinces and territories to nominate skilled workers who want to immigrate and want to settle down in Canada.

PNP is for the workers who have skills, education, and work experience. Those who want to settle in Canada have to apply for a specific province or territory.

Each province and territory has its own immigration streams (except Nunavut and Quebec) which is aligned with the Federal Express Entry immigration selection system, to participate in Canada’s provinces and territories the applicants must sign an agreement with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), where provinces select applicant’s based on their respective requirements.

The Provincial nominations were issued under this Express Entry streams. These streams are also known as ‘enhanced nominations’ that award Express Entry candidates an additional 600 CRS points.

How PNP Works

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is for the workers:

  • The candidate who have the required skills, education and work experience to contribute effectively to the economy in a fruitful manner of a specific Canadian province or territory
  • The candidate who want to live in that province or territory and
  • The candidate who want to settle in Canada as a permanent resident

Each province and territory has its own streams which mean immigration programs that target certain groups and requirements according to its criteria. In some program streams the provinces and territories may target the following:

  • The Students
  • The Business People
  • The Skilled Workers and
  • The Semi-Skilled Workers

Need to understand the application options:

How you will apply completely depends on which Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream you are applying to.  They are 2 types of method to apply i.e.

  1. Paper-based process, or
  2. The online process through Express Entry System

As part of the process, you must have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). All applicants must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

Paper based process for PNP

  1. Paper-based process

In the paper-based process are the must to be followed:

  • You must apply to the province or territory for a nomination under a non-Express Entry stream.
  • You must need to meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory that nominates you.
  • Once you have been nominated from province or territory then you have to submit a paper application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • You must have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). All applicants must have these checks, no matter where you plan to live in Canada.
  • These application processing times are longer than through Express Entry System.

How to apply through the paper-based process


Online process through express entry

2. The online process through Express Entry System

In the online Express Entry process, there are 2 ways to apply i.e.

  • You have to contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream.
  • If the province or territory agrees to nominate you, then you have to create an Express Entry profile (or update your profile if you already have in the portal) and show that you have been nominated.


  • You have to make a profile in Express Entry and show the provinces and territories that you are interested in.
  • If a province or territory agrees and sends you a “notification of interest” to your account, you can contact them directly.
  • You have to apply to their Express Entry stream i.e.
    • If you are nominated, the province or territory will offer it to you through your account where you accept it electronically.

In both cases:

  • You must meet all the eligibility requirements of the province or territory. 
  • You must submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry Stream, including being eligible for one of the immigration programs it covers.
  • If you are invited to apply (ITA) then you have to submit an electronic application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

How to apply through Express Entry


Each province or territory of Canada has its own exclusive Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) which positively cater to the specific requirements, to draw Investors, business individuals, and qualified manpower. The following are the provincial nominee programs of the Canadian provinces and territories i.e.

  • Alberta Provincial Nominee Program
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program
  • Northwest Territories Provincial Nominee Program
  • Nunavut Provincial Nominee Program
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program
  • Ontario Provincial Nominee Program
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
  • Quebec Provincial Nominee Program
  • Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program
  • Yukon Provincial Nominee Program

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