What is a Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada

Amy Smith / 5 min read
Immigration can take many forms and the sure-fire way to get an accepted visa application is with the provincial nominee programs in Canada. This is a lengthy process that requires dedication and plenty of documentation but for those who want to delve deeper into the Canadian immigration system and immigrate to a specific territory in Canada, you can become a provincial nominee. We discuss what this means, the application process, who it applies to and how you go about it.
Immigration can take many forms and the sure-fire way to get an accepted visa application is with the provincial nominee programs in Canada. This is a lengthy process that requires dedication and plenty of documentation but for those who want to delve deeper into the Canadian immigration system and immigrate to a specific territory in Canada, you can become a provincial nominee. We discuss what this means, the application process, who it applies to and how you go about it. 

What Is It?
A “provincial nominee” is an immigrant that is specifically nominated by a territory or province in Canada who may have specific skills or meet a demographic selection criteria. Program streams to find specific workers differ according to the territory and its needs, usually determined by what it is lacking. They are also known as PNPs (provincial nominee programs) and can be fast tracked if you are a particularly skilled worker or tradesman. 

Application Process
Each territory or province has different criteria based on its needs and therefore changes to eligibility happen frequently. However, the general process is: 

  1. Check the information around the territories or provinces you wish to apply for to check eligibility. This usually involves seeing which occupations are being considered and those that have higher priority. 
  2. Apply to them for a nomination 
  3. If nominated to “non-expressed entry” 
  4. Apply using the paper-based system.
  5. If you are nominated and eligible to be accepted, the territory or province will send you an IRCC application to fill out.
  6. If nominated to “Expressed Entry” you will have to: 
  7. Meet criteria and requirements for entry as well as a covered immigration program.  
  8. MUST apply using the online system  

Express entry application is also available to those who meet the requirements for the federal skilled worker or trades program or the Canadian experience class. You will be pooled with other applicants and ranked according to various factors, top candidates will then be picked by territories and provinces to apply for express entry. 

Points To Note: 
  • You must contact the province or territory directly and follow specific instructions on their own websites, they all have different criteria and although select from the same pools, will want different details from you. 
  • You have 90 days to apply if you are invited from the express entry system
  • Applications are boosted and can earn additional points on the express entry system if, at some point, you studied in Canada. 
  • Only ever apply to one province at a time. Applying to too many shows you aren’t willing to settle in a particular place and often means your application is dismissed
  • Processing time for provincial nominee program applications that are successful can take anywhere from 6 months to a year. 

Hopefully this gives you more insight into the PNP (provincial nominee program) in Canada as well as where to start if you feel you are eligible. For more information, you can always contact territories directly to find out about updates or changes that may be relevant to your application. 

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