Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

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Key Aspects:

  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a pathway to expand the benefits of immigration all across Canada
  • There are more than 80 PNP streams focused on attracting graduates, entrepreneurs, and workers
  • The 80 PNP streams of Canada offer candidates various choices to gain permanent residence
  • The PNP was introduced to give authority across Canada to lure and retain more newcomers

Overview:

More than 80 PNP streams are focused on attracting graduates, entrepreneurs, and workers. Except for Nunavut and Quebec (which functions its economic-class programs), each territory and province offers the Provincial Nominee Program based on the province’s different labor force needs.

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How to apply for Canada PNP?

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) began in 1998 as a pathway for provincial and federal governments to expand the benefits of immigration across Canada.

Provinces are allowed to choose the eligible candidates they want to promote their economic growth and suggest that the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can offer them the permanent residence status.

More than 80 PNP streams are focused on attracting graduates, entrepreneurs, and workers. Except for Nunavut and Quebec (which functions its economic-class programs), each territory and province offers the Provincial Nominee Program based on the province’s different labor force needs.

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How PNP works

There are two PNP stream nominations:

  • Base PNP stream nomination
  • Enhanced PNP stream nomination

Base PNP stream nomination

A base PNP stream is the first way to acquire permanent residence. To ensure that the eligibility criteria are met, the province will evaluate the application for the PNP stream, then issue a nomination letter to the immigration candidate. Following this, the candidate must apply for permanent residence at the IRCC.

According to the IRCC, the candidates presently choosing the base PNP stream to immigrate to Canada may expect the application process for permanent residency to take up to 27 months.

Enhanced PNP stream nomination

The enhanced nomination stream is the second pathway to acquiring permanent residence through a PNP. These streams coordinate with the federal Express Entry application management system.

The candidates eligible for an Express Entry program can increase their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by obtaining the provincial nomination.

The Express Entry programs are:

The provincial governments can view the Express Entry profiles created online and decide if the candidate would meet the province’s requirements.

The Express Entry candidates are allowed to mention a specific province they want to settle in, as this can result in a province issuing a notification of interest for a candidate to apply for a provincial nomination.

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How is provincial nomination important for Canada

Immigration is the shared responsibility of the provincial and federal governments in Canada. The provinces did not hold much influence throughout Canada’s history, resulting in newcomers settling in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario of Canada.

Most immigration benefits fell short in the prairie provinces, Atlantic Canada, and rural Canada. The PNP was introduced to give authority across Canada to lure and retain more newcomers. It has been successful and is Canada’s leading economic class pathway in 2022 and 2023.

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Advantages of PNP

More than 80 PNP streams in Canada offer candidates various choices to gain permanent residence. The eligibility criteria are vast, along with many available options that cater to the candidates with diverse human capital characteristics such as education, work experience, age, or language skills.

According to the research, PNP has been proven to promote the economic establishment of skilled workers in provinces that historically don’t have a massive immigration population.

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Extensive provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, and Ontario have high immigration levels where PNPs target particular provincial labor market needs in industries like healthcare and technology.

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