Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

A provincial nomination is the single best way to assure an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. Unlike arranged employment which is now worth 50 or 200 CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points, a provincial nomination is still worth an additional 600 points and practically ensures your Express Entry profile will be at the top of your candidates’ pool and you will receive an ITA. But please note that some provincial nominee streams are still run by the provincial immigration programs and are not affiliated directly with Express Entry while some are.

How to make sense of the dozens of different provincial nominee program streams from Victoria to St. Johns?

We’ve brought together all the provinces (and some territories) nomination programs and their different streams in order to give you a one-stop shopping overview of what’s available. And remember, the information given in the table below is an overview. Consult with us to get the detailed information on any specific PNP stream you may be interested in.

You ready? Let’s do a deep dive into Canada’s PNP streams!

 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario is the 4th largest province or territory in Canada but it is by far and away the most populous province in Canada, containing one third of the country’s population. The vast majority of these people are located in southern Ontario, which makes up about 1/6th of the total land area. It is the most densely populated part of Canada, meaning there are more immigrants here than anywhere else, but there is also more competition for jobs.

Ontario has two types of PNPs: one linked to Express Entry and one separate from Express Entry.

 

OINP Express Entry

OINP StreamHow to ApplyJob RequiredEligibility
Human Capital PrioritiesCreate an Express Entry profile and qualify under FSWP or CEC. OINP selects candidates from EE pool and sends Notification of Interest. Then apply to OINP under HCP streamNo
  1. Min 1 year work experience in past 5 years under FSWP or 3 years under CEC

  2. Undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree or higher

  3. Min CLB/NCSC 7

  4. Min CRS score under Express Entry requirements
Skilled Trades StreamCreate an Express Entry profile and qualify under FSWP or CEC. OINP selects candidates from EE pool and sends Notification of Interest. Then apply to OINP under Skilled Trades streamNo
  1. Min 1-year work experience in approved NOC occupation

  2. Have any required trade certification

  3. Be residing in Ontario on valid work permit

  4. Min CLB/NCSC 5

  5. Qualify for CEC

 

OINP Streams Not Linked to Express Entry

OINP StreamHow to ApplyJob RequiredEligibility
Employer Job Offer – Foreign Worker StreamGo to OINP e-filing portal and complete pre-registration questions. Then select Foreign Worker Stream and apply online.Yes
  1. Have full-time indeterminate job-offer in NOC 0, A, or B

  2. Have min 2 years work experience in same NOC occupation as you apply for

  3. Have any required licensing

  4. Employer must have gross revenue of CAD$1 million if in GTA or CAD$500,000 if outside GTA
Employer Job Offer – International Student StreamGo to OINP e-filing portal and complete pre-registration questions and then register. Then select International Student Stream and apply online.Yes
  1. Have full-time indeterminate job-offer in NOC 0, A, or B.

  2. Have a min. 2-year degree/diploma from Canadian post-secondary institution.

  3. Apply within 2 years of getting degree/diploma

  4. Have completed studies on a full-time basis as a legal resident of Canada

  5. Employer must have been in business for 3 years and have gross sales of CAD$1 million in GTA or CAD$500,000 in rest of province

 

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

British Columbia (commonly known as BC) is the 5th largest and third most populous province or territory in Canada. Its southwest corner, where most people live, has the most moderate weather in the country which makes it the best destination for new immigrants who are concerned about Canada’s notorious winters. The province features perhaps the best scenery in the entire country. BC is home to the third largest metropolitan area in Canada, Vancouver.

BC has both Express Entry and non Express Entry “streams” for immigrants who want to live there.

 

BC PNP Streams Not Linked to Express Entry

BCPNP StreamHow to ApplyJob RequiredEligibility
Skilled Worker (BC Skills Immigration)Go to the BC PNP website and register online to receive your points scoreYes: full-time indeterminate job-offer from BC Employer
  1. Have 2 years experience related to job offer

  2. Job is in NOC 0, A, or B

  3. Legal status in Canada

  4. Ability to support dependents

  5. NOC B applicants must meet min. language requirements

Entry-level and Semi-Skilled Worker (BC Skills Immigration)Go to the BC PNP website and register online to receive your points scoreYes: full-time indeterminate job-offer from BC Employer
  1. Job offer has to be in one of following: long-haul trucking, tourism, hospitality, or food-processing industries

  2. Job is also in NOC C or D

  3. Job in Northeast Development Region can be any NOC C or D classification

  4. Have been working for employer min. 9 months

  5. Legal status in Canada

  6. Min. Language and Educational requirements (high school and any required certifications/licensing)
International Graduate (BC Skills Immigration)Submit a registration to BC PNP within 3 years of completing degree/diplomaYes: full-time indeterminate job-offer from BC Employer for job that requires a degree/diploma
  1. Degree must be from Canadian post-secondary institution

  2. If job is NOC B you must meet min. language requirements

  3. Have legal status in Canada
International Post-Graduate (BC Skills Immigration)Submit an application within 3 years of completing degree/diplomaNo
  1. Your degree must be from an approved program of study in natural, applied, or health sciences

  2. Show ability and intent to live and work in BC
Healthcare Professional (BC Skills Immigration)Apply through BC PNP and contact Health Match BC for job searches and assistanceYes: full-time indeterminate job-offer from a BC Public Health Authority
  1. Your job must be an approved public health profession

  2. Min. 2 years work experience in the same skilled occupation

  3. Letter on company letterhead offering you the job

  4. Meet min. income and language requirements
Entrepreneur Program (BC Immigration)Apply & register through BC PNP and include a detailed business proposalNo
  1. CAD$600,000 min personal net worth

  2. Establish a new business OR purchase and improve an existing business

  3. Create at least 1 full-time job for a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

  4. Invest a min of CAD$200,000 of your personal net worth

  5. Own a minimum of 33.3% of the business or invest a min. of CAD$1million if your ownership is less than 33.3%

  6. The business must be an eligible business and not be on the list of ineligible businesses in BC

 

BC PNP Streams Linked to Express Entry

BCPNP StreamHow to ApplyJob RequiredEligibility
Skilled Worker – EEBCCreate profile at IRCC’s Express Entry and obtain profile and and job-seeker validation code from IRCC. Then go to BC PNP website.Yes
  1. Meet min. criteria for FSWP, FSTP, or CEC

  2. Have full-time, indeterminate job-offer from BC employer in NOC 0, A, or B

  3. Have 2 years related work experience

  4. Be able to support dependents

  5. Meet min. language requirements

  6. Have legal status in Canada
Healthcare Professional - EEBCCreate profile at Express Entry and get profile number and job-seeker validation code from IRCC. Contact Health Match BC for job opportunities and info. Go to BC PNP website.Yes
  1. Have full-time indeterminate job-offer from a BC Public Health Authority in an eligible healthcare occupation.

  2. Meet the rest of the requirements for a BC Skills Healthcare Professional listed on this page.
International Graduate - EEBCCreate profile at Express Entry and get profile number and job-seeker validation code from IRCC. Then go to BC PNP website.Yes
  1. Meet min. eligibility criteria for FSWP, FSTP, or CEC.

  2. Have degree, diploma, or certificate from eligible Canadian post-secondary institute which you have received within the past 3 years.

  3. Have a full-time, indeterminate job-offer that requires post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate at an industry-standard wage.

  4. Have proof you meet minimum income requirements.
International Post-Graduate - EEBCCreate profile at Express Entry and get profile number and job-seeker validation code from IRCC. Then go to BC PNP website.No
  1. Meet min. eligibility criteria for FSWP, FSTP, or CEC.

  2. Have Master’s or Doctoral Degree from eligible BC educational institution within the last 3 years.

  3. The degree must be from an authorized list of natural, applied, and health sciences programs.

  4. Have the ability and intent to live and work in BC.,

 

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta is the 6th largest and 4th most populous province or territory in the country. On the other side of the Rockies from BC, Alberta has some of the scenery but significantly different weather, with far colder winters but very little humidity. Alberta is home to two of the 10 largest cities in Canada in Calgary and Edmonton.

Alberta offers both an Express Entry nominee program and an independent nominee program.

 

AINP Streams Not Linked to Express Entry

AINP StreamHow to ApplyJob RequiredEligibility
Alberta Opportunities StreamGo here to download document checklist. Complete forms: AINP010; IMM0008; IMM0008DEP; IMM0008-Sched.4; IMM5669-Sched. A; IMM5406; IMM5476 (if applicable).Yes.
  1. Have valid work permit and positive LMIA

  2. Post-Graduate work permit holders must have degree/diploma/certificate from approved Alberta institution, (list of approved institutions changed as of Oct. 1st, 2018)

  3. Be working in an eligible job that matches previous work experience and/or education.

  4. Have min. CLB 4 or NCLC 4 language test results except NOC3413 jobs which need CLB 7. NOC 0, A, or B jobs will require CLB 5 or NCLC 5 in 2020.

  5. Job-offer must be for full-time continuous paid work.
Self-Employed Farmer StreamPhone 001-(403)-742-7901 or email: farm.ainp@gov.ab.caNo
  1. Documented proof of farm management skills

  2. Documentation of education, training, work experience.

  3. Proposed Business Plan
  4. Min personal net worth of CAD$500,000

  5. Min. investment of CAD$500,000 in primary production farm business.

 

AINP Express Entry Streams

AINP StreamHow to ApplyJob RequiredEligibility
Alberta Express EntryApply directly to IRCC’s Express Entry and be placed in a pool of candidates. Then AINP will select candidates and send a Notification of Interest directly to them. Then the candidates can apply under Alberta Express Entry stream. No
    You must apply by sending a copy of the NOI email to:
    AlbertaExpressEntry@gov.ab.ca
    Within 2 weeks of receiving the NOI from AINP in your IRCC Express Entry account.
  1. You must be eligible under IRCC Express Entry programs (FSWP, FSTP, or CEC) and meet all Express Entry requirements.

 

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba is the 8th largest but 5th most populous province or territory in Canada. Located at the other end of the prairies from Alberta, Manitoba is home to Winnipeg, one of the ten largest cities in Canada. Manitoba is notoriously cold in the winter time but the summers can be quite hot. Manitoba has had a growing economy for quite some time so they need workers; its PNP is more accessible than some others.

Unlike the other provinces on this page, Manitoba does not yet offer an Express Entry-linked PNP.

 

MPNP Not Linked to Express Entry

MPNP StreamHow to ApplyJob RequiredEligibility
Skilled Workers in ManitobaGo here to create an account with the MPNP and submit an Expression of Interest. Your ranking based on your EOI will determine if you receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).NoAll candidates have to submit a settlement plan showing how they plan to live and work in Manitoba.
Skilled Workers OverseasGo here to create an account with the MPNP and submit an Expression of Interest. Your ranking based on your EOI will determine if you receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).NoProve an established connection to Manitoba through support of family/friends living In Manitoba; education or work experience in MB; an ITA directly from MPNP as part of Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
Business Investor Stream – Entrepreneur PathwayComplete a Self-Assessment Form and complete a Business Concept Form after visiting Manitoba to explore opportunities. Email both forms to BusinessSream@gov.mb.caNo
  1. Min. 3 years experience in past 5 years as owner or senior manager

  2. Owners must have min. 33.33 % ownership.

  3. Have CLB/NCLC 5 min.

  4. Min investment CAD$250,000 in Winnipeg area and min. CAD$150,000 in rest of province

  5. Min Net Worth CAD$500,000
Business Investor Stream – Farm Investor PathwayResearch farming industry in Manitoba. Complete Interest Guidelines form and Farm Business Concept form. Email to MPNP.No
  1. Min 3 years farm ownership and operation.

  2. Ability to communicate in either French or English

  3. Min investment of CAD$300,000