Provincial Nominee Programs

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Most provinces and territories in Canada can nominate immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These immigrants must have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of that province or territory, and must want to live there. Each jurisdiction has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and criteria for their PNP.

Since January 1, 2015, many provinces and territories have launched new Express Entry streams. Check their websites to learn more about which streams they offer. The province of Quebec does not have a PNP. See their immigration website to find out more about their programs.
If the selection of an applicant is on a non-Express Entry stream:

  • The candidate will have to apply through the paper-based process, and
  • if the province or territory finds a client eligible and nominates that person, he or she will send an application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

If you are appointed by a province or territory’s Express Entry stream, you must:

  • meet their requirements, and
  • meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry ◦this includes meeting the requirements of at least one of the immigration programs it covers.

Each Canadian province (except Quebec, which has a different selection system) and two territories have their own unique Provincial Nominee Programs. Participating jurisdictions sign agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that allow them to select immigrants who meet the requirements that they have set forth.

List of Provincial Nominee Programs
AINP – Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
BC PNP – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
MPNP – Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
NBPNP – New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
NLPNP – Newfoundland And Labrador Provincial Nominee Program
NSNP – Nova Scotia Nominee Program
PEI PNP – Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
OINP – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee program
NTNP – Northwest Territories Nominee Program
YNP – Yukon Nominee Program