Provincial Nominees Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed to enable provinces to support the immigration of persons who demonstrate an interest in settling in that province and who the province believes will be able to contribute to the economic development and prosperity of the province and Canada. Foreign nationals who immigrate to Canada under the PNP have the skills, education and work experience required to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them. They have been assessed as being able to economically establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada. The province/territory will consider their application based on its immigration needs and the applicant’s genuine intention to settle there.

Provinces and territories will be able to nominate a certain number of foreign nationals through the Express Entry system to meet their local immigration and labour market needs. If an applicant gets a nomination from a province or territory, they will be given enough additional points to be invited to apply for permanent residence at the next eligible round of invitations. As a result Express Entry candidates may either:

  • enter the pool first, and then be nominated by a province or territory; or
  • be nominated by a province or territory, and then complete an online Express Entry profile.

The PNP application is in two steps:

Applicants who apply as a provincial nominee for a semi- or low-skilled job (NOC C or D) need to take a language test. This does not apply for temporary foreign workers in a NOC C & D occupation. Test results are usually valid for two years from the day of the test.

Apply to the province or territory where the person wants to live and complete its provincial nomination process. The provinces and territories named below currently participate in the PNP.

  1. The application  is based on :
    1. its immigration needs and
    1. if the person really plans to live there.

The criteria vary and change often without notice.

2. After a province or territory nominates a person, they must create their profile under the Express Entry online system where IRCC will assess their application based on Canadian regulations.