Find your place to thrive in a Canadian province with Canada PNP:
Canada offers you a pathway to Canada PR through its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). If you are interested to immigrate to a particular province or territory, PNP is a great way to choose.
Every Canadian province/territory has its own PNP that it operates to meet its economic and demographic requirements.
On a yearly basis, Canada’s federal government raises the number of invitations to immigrants via PNP draws. These immigration events offer the fastest path to Canada’s economic immigration.
Except for Quebec, all other Canadian provinces select and invite immigration candidates via PNP invitation rounds. These PNP events give you the opportunity for becoming a Canadian permanent resident.
A successful applicant to a PNP will receive a provincial nomination. With this provincial nomination, you can apply for Canada PR with a better chance to get one at the federal level.
Canadian Provinces and Territories
The following are the Canadian provinces and territories that operate their own PNP to meet their economic and demographic requirements.
- Prince Edward Island
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- New Brunswick
- British Columbia
With each province and territory operating its own PNP program with various streams involved, there are 80 provincial nominee programs in Canada.
PNPs Involving Express Entry
The launch of the Canada Express Entry system happened in 2015. It was designed to manage the Canada immigration applications that classify and chooses candidate profiles based on human capital factors.
Canadian provinces have since then created PNP streams that are aligned with Express Entry. Candidates who are nominated by Canadian provinces via these PNP streams will get an extra 600 CRS points. It virtually guarantees the candidate that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada PR.
If you get a nomination from a Canadian province via a PNP that’s not aligned with Express Entry, then you will have to submit a paper-based federal application for Canada PR.
PNP is meant for immigration candidates who will live in a province and contribute to its economic and social development. Some PNPs give priority to the candidates who have work experience in occupations highly in demand in the province. Those who have a relative in the province as a connection have an increased chance of staying in the province.
Steps in applying for a PNP in Canada
- Find the PNP that suits you
- Apply for the chosen PNP
- Get a provincial nomination certificate
- File an application for Canada PR
Processing time for a PNP application
It’s a 2-step process to follow to apply for a Canada PR.
First, apply to the province. Once your application is approved, then file your application for permanent residency to the federal government. It’s the sole discretion of the federal government that you are granted a Canada PR visa.
Though processing times vary, your application will be processed within a few months of filing it.
If you are choosing a PNP that’s not aligned with the Express Entry, you will have to submit an immigration application on paper, which will take more time than electronic applications.
|Provincial Nominee Program – All PNP invitations in 2021 [as on December 31, 2021]|
|Date of Draw||Province||Invitations Issued|
|December 30, 2021||Manitoba||393|
|December 21, 2021||British Columbia||243|
|December 16, 2021||Manitoba||349|
|December 16, 2021||Prince Edward Island||125|
|December 14, 2021||British Columbia||71|
|December 7, 2021||British Columbia||318|
|December 7, 2021||Ontario||1,186|
|December 2, 2021||Manitoba||438|
|November 30, 2021||British Columbia||89|
|November 24, 2021||Alberta||100|
|November 23, 2021||British Columbia||357|
|November 18, 2021||Manitoba||428|
|November 18, 2021||Prince Edward Island||188|
|November 18, 2021||Saskatchewan||633|
|November 16, 2021||British Columbia||87|
|November 9, 2021||Alberta||200|
|November 9, 2021||British Columbia||340|
|November 2, 2021||British Columbia||77|
|November 1, 2021||Manitoba||421|
|October 2021||Newfoundland and Labrador||260|
|October 27, 2021||Ontario||1,408|
|October 26, 2021||British Columbia||358|
|October 21, 2021||Manitoba||459|
|October 21, 2021||Prince Edward Island||204|
|October 20, 2021||Ontario||546|
|October 19, 2021||British Columbia||85|
|October 12, 2021||Alberta||293|
|October 12, 2021||British Columbia||424|
|October 7, 2021||Manitoba||426|
|October 7, 2021||Nova Scotia||330|
|October 7, 2021||Ontario||162|
|October 6, 2021||Ontario||486|
|October 5, 2021||British Columbia||108|
|September 2021||Newfoundland and Labrador||22|
|September 28, 2021||British Columbia||422|
|September 27, 2021||Saskatchewan||391|
|September 23, 2021||Manitoba||650|
|September 22, 2021||Ontario||72|
|September 21, 2021||Alberta||450|
|September 21, 2021||British Columbia||74|
|September 21, 2021||Ontario||995|
|September 16, 2021||Prince Edward Island||143|
|September 14, 2021||Alberta||385|
|September 14, 2021||British Columbia||464|
|September 14, 2021||Ontario||691|
|September 8, 2021||Saskatchewan||528|
|September 7, 2021||Alberta||500|
|September 7, 2021||British Columbia||34|
|September 2, 2021||Manitoba||602|
|August 31, 2021||British Columbia||488|
|August 30, 2021||Alberta||400|
|August 26, 2021||Ontario||20|
|August 25, 2021||Ontario||326|
|August 24, 2021||British Columbia||74|
|August 23, 2021||Alberta||450|
|August 19, 2021||Prince Edward Island||161|
|August 19, 2021||Saskatchewan||496|
|August 18, 2021||Ontario||479|
|August 17, 2021||British Columbia||427|
|August 12, 2021||Manitoba||275|
|August 11, 2021||Ontario||48|
|August 10, 2021||Alberta||396|
|August 10, 2021||British Columbia||51|
|August 6, 2021||Ontario||2|
|August 5, 2021||Saskatchewan||452|
|August 3, 2021||British Columbia||374|
|August 30, 2021||Alberta||400|
|August 23, 2021||Alberta||450|
|August 10, 2021||Alberta||396|
|July 27, 2021||British Columbia||59|
|July 27, 2021||Ontario||1,031|
|July 27, 2021||Manitoba||1,140|
|July 21, 2021||Ontario||115|
|July 21, 2021||Saskatchewan||280|
|July 20, 2021||British Columbia||383|
|July 15, 2021||Ontario||55|
|July 15, 2021||Prince Edward Island [PEI]||127|
|July 14, 2021||Alberta||181|
|July 13, 2021||British Columbia||56|
|July 13, 2021||Ontario||1,685|
|July 9, 2021||Manitoba||277|
|July 8, 2021||Saskatchewan||295|
|July 7, 2021||Ontario||21|
|July 6, 2021||British Columbia||387|
|June 2021||Newfoundland and Labrador||381|
|June 29, 2021||British Columbia||52|
|June 28, 2021||Manitoba||1,017|
|June 23, 2021||Ontario||583|
|June 22, 2021||Alberta||184|
|June 22, 2021||British Columbia||395|
|June 17, 2021||Manitoba||141|
|June 17, 2021||Prince Edward Island [PEI]||113|
|June 16, 2021||Ontario||940|
|June 15, 2021||British Columbia||86|
|June 15, 2021||Saskatchewan||255|
|June 8, 2021||British Columbia||373|
|June 7, 2021||Manitoba||142|
|June 5, 2021||Alberta||191|
|June 1, 2021||British Columbia||68|
|June 1, 2021||Ontario||986|
|May 27, 2021||Manitoba||404|
|May 26, 2021||Ontario||158|
|May 25, 2021||British Columbia||370|
|May 25, 2021||Manitoba||232|
|May 25, 2021||Saskatchewan||421|
|May 20, 2021||Prince Edward Island [PEI]||155|
|May 18, 2021||Alberta||250|
|May 18, 2021||British Columbia||82|
|May 18, 2021||Ontario||138|
|May 11, 2021||British Columbia||379|
|May 11, 2021||Ontario||81|
|May 5, 2021||Alberta||250|
|May 6, 2021||Manitoba||150|
|May 6, 2021||Saskatchewan||259|
|May 4, 2021||British Columbia||83|
|May 4, 2021||Ontario||102|
|April 20, 2021||Alberta||200|
|April 20, 2021||British Columbia||90|
|April 27, 2021||British Columbia||362|
|April 26, 2021||Manitoba||367|
|April 22, 2021||Saskatchewan||269|
|April 19, 2021||Manitoba||399|
|April 15, 2021||Prince Edward Island [PEI]||156|
|April 13, 2021||British Columbia||452|
|April 13, 2021||Ontario||528|
|April 8, 2021||Manitoba||243|
|April 8, 2021||Saskatchewan||279|
|April 6, 2021||Alberta||200|
|April 6, 2021||British Columbia||80|
|March 26, 2021||Alberta||300|
|March 30, 2021||British Columbia||330|
|March 30, 2021||British Columbia||44|
|March 29, 2021||Nova Scotia||Not disclosed|
|March 25, 2021||Manitoba||335|
|March 24, 2021||Saskatchewan||418|
|March 23, 2021||British Columbia||95|
|March 18, 2021||Prince Edward Island [PEI]||150|
|March 11, 2021||Manitoba||299|
|March 11, 2021||Saskatchewan||248|
|March 16, 2021||British Columbia||506|
|March 9, 2021||British Columbia||95|
|March 3, 2021||Ontario||126|
|March 2, 2021||Alberta||200|
|March 2, 2021||British Columbia||444|
|March 2, 2021||Ontario||754|
|Feb. 26, 2021||Manitoba||207|
|Feb. 25, 2021||Saskatchewan||299|
|Feb. 24, 2021||Nova Scotia||43|
|Feb. 23, 2021||British Columbia||87|
|Feb. 18, 2021||Prince Edward Island [PEI]||121|
|Feb. 16, 2021||Alberta||159|
|Feb. 16, 2021||British Columbia||494|
|Feb. 16, 2021||Ontario||1,186|
|Feb. 12, 2021||Manitoba||296|
|Feb. 11, 2021||Saskatchewan||541|
|Feb. 10, 2021||Alberta||200|
|Feb. 9, 2021||British Columbia||74|
|Feb. 2, 2021||British Columbia||216|
|Feb. 2, 2021||Ontario||283|
|Jan. 28, 2021||Alberta||100|
|Jan. 28, 2021||Manitoba||218|
|Jan. 8, 2021||Alberta||50|
|Jan. 26, 2021||British Columbia||81|
|Jan. 21, 2021||Prince Edward Island [PEI]||211|
|Jan. 21, 2021||Saskatchewan||502|
|Jan. 19, 2021||British Columbia||195|
|Jan. 19, 2021||Nova Scotia||Not disclosed|
|Jan. 14, 2021||Manitoba||272|
|Jan. 13, 2021||Ontario||338|
|Jan. 13, 2021||Ontario||146|
|Jan. 12, 2021||British Columbia||80|
|Jan. 7, 2021||Saskatchewan||385|
|Jan. 5, 2021||British Columbia||168|
What is Canadian PNP?
The Canada Provincial Nominee Programs offer a valuable pathway to Canada PR Visa. The PNPs permit territories and provinces in Canada to nominate persons. These must be inclined to migrate to Canada and settle in a specific province.
Each territory and Province in Canada has its own exclusive PNP. The exception is Quebec and Nunavut. Each PNP has minimum one immigration stream that is linked with the federal immigration selection system of Express Entry.
Nominations from provinces offered under these streams linked with Express Entry also known as enhanced nominations. These incur extra 600 CRS/ Comprehensive Ranking System points to the Express Entry. It effectively ensures an ITA for Canada PR Visa in the subsequent Express Entry draws.
What are the eligibility requirements for the PNP program?
To apply under the PNP program you must meet the minimum requirements for the province’s non-Express Entry streams or must be nominated under that stream.
If you do not receive a nomination, then you must contact the province directly.
How can I apply for PNP in Canada?
There are two ways to apply for Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada. These are:
Application through Express Entry:
Most of the streams in Provincial Nominee Programs are linked with Express Entry system. You can create a profile and if you score the minimum points you will be entered into the pool of candidates.
If any province has requirements, they can select your profile for nomination. This is subject to the suitability of your profile. You can then apply for the PR Visa after you get Invitation to Apply from any province.
The application directly to a PNP:
If you have a specific Canadian province in your mind, you can easily apply for that province. Below are the steps to directly apply to a Provincial Nominee Program:
- Select a PNP of a Province
- Fulfil the requirements and submit the complete application
- Obtain a nomination from that Province/PNP
- Receive the Nomination certificate
• Apply for Canada PR Visa with IRCC
Is the job offer mandatory for PNP?
The job offer is not mandatory for the below Provincial Nominee Program streams linked with Express Entry:
- MPMP Skilled Worker of Manitoba
- Express Entry Labour Market Stream of New Brunswick
- PNP Nova Scotia
- Human Capital Priorities Stream of Ontario
- Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-category International Skilled Worker of Saskatchewan
How do you get a Provincial Nomination to immigrate to Canada?
Every Territory and Province in Canada has its own requirements and programs. For example, Territories and Provinces can target the following in a program stream:
- Specific occupations
- Semi-skilled workers
- Skilled workers
- Business people
Candidates can file an application for Provincial Nomination either after obtaining valid job offers of through Express Entry. Some of the Provinces have their individual In-demand Occupation Lists.
An applicant will be offered an invitation to apply for Nomination by a Province if their occupation is listed in its In-demand Occupation List. They can then file a Canada PR Visa application if they receive the nomination from the Province.
I am in India, and planning to apply for a PNP PR, does the PNP PR still help me take education first in Canada and then start working?
Applicants who possess the Work Experience, Education and Skills can submit an application for the Provincial Nominee Program. Each territory and province has its own criteria for eligibility. Some PNP programs are allied with Express Entry while some are not.
A few of the PNPs are based on occupation. Investors and Students can also submit an application for PNP.
Latest PNP Canada updates?
|19-Aug-20||Ontario||Opened the Employer Job Offer|
|18-Aug-20||British Columbia||Invited 302 candidates|
|14-Aug-20||Saskatchewan||Invited 533 candidates|
|13-Aug-20||Manitoba||Invited 199 candidates|
|11-Aug-20||British Columbia||Invited 52 candidates|
|07-Aug-20||British Columbia||Invited 437 candidates|
|07-Aug-20||British Columbia||Increased application fees|
|30-Jul-20||Manitoba||Invited 199 candidates|
|29-Jul-20||Saskatchewan||Issued 502 invitations|
|29-Jul-20||Ontario||Issued 1,288 Notifications|
|28-Jul-20||British Columbia||Invited 34 candidates|
|21-Jul-20||British Columbia||Invited 62 candidates|
|21-Jul-20||Ontario||Opened and then closed the Employer Job Offer|
|20-Jul-20||Ontario||Announced Employer Job Offer|
|16-Jul-20||PEI||195 invitations were issued|
|16-Jul-20||Manitoba||Invited 174 candidates|
|15-Jul-20||Quebec||Invited 7 candidates|
*Please note that Quebec does not operate a Provincial Nominee Program, but instead manages its own provincial immigration program.
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