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Provincial Nominee Program


Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a Canadian immigration program for people who want to reside in a province or territory as permanent residents. Each province or territory in Canada has a different provincial nominee program that is designed to meet the needs and demands of the local labor market.


PNP allows the different provinces across Canada to select immigrants depending upon their skills, education, and work experience appropriate for their economy and labor market needs. A person who wants to become a permanent resident of Canada can apply to different provincial programs as per their respective requirements.


PNPs are a key part of Canada’s immigration policy and are the fastest-growing economic Canadian immigration pathway. Over recent years, the federal government has gradually increased provinces’ annual allocations for their respective PNPs, displaying the increasing importance of these programs within the overall Canadian immigration landscape.


How to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program?


  • First, you will have to create an Express Entry profile. Post your profile, then you will be able to select the provinces that you’re interested in applying for the PNP.
  • Second, apply to the specific streams.
  • Third, get an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After receiving an invitation, you get 60 days to fill your application form in order to qualify for immigration to a particular province.


How to be eligible for Canada PNP?


As PNPs are part of an economic immigration strategy, they are usually organized in such a way that attracts workers who can easily contribute to the economy and have a high probability of remaining in that province. As a result, some PNPs prioritize immigrants with experience in occupations in demand in that province. Other PNPs prefer immigrants who have a connection to the province, such as a relative, as this increases the chances of them remaining in the province.


List of different Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) for Immigrants:


  • Nova Scotia PNP
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
  • Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
  • Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)


Which PNP has the lowest language score requirements?


Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwest Territories require the lowest language (IELTS/CELPIP) score (CLB 4) out of all the Canadian provinces.


What are the requirements for PNPs ?


The requirements are different for each PNP in Canada. Provinces and territories are often looking for candidates with work experience that meets the needs of their specific labour market. Factors like language, education, experience, and close relatives are key selection factors. Candidates need to demonstrate that they will be able to contribute to the local economy and have a genuine intention to settle in that province/territory.


What is the processing time for a PNP application?


Processing times vary from one province to the next, but it typically takes a few months for your application to be processed. Applying for Canadian permanent residence through a PNP is a two-step process. First, you must apply to the province. Once the PNP has been approved, you must then submit your application to the federal government. Only the federal government can grant you Canadian PR.


How can WestSun Immigration Services, Inc. help?


The Provincial Nominee Program is a great opportunity to gain permanent residence in Canada. However, the criteria and/or requirements for PNP differ in every province/territory, and therefore, an applicant cannot afford to make a single error. We will help you understand which province and PNP stream might be the best option for your application, and what specific requirements are necessary.

  • We review the documents and submit the PNP application.
  • We review the documents and submit the final Permanent Residence application to IRCC.
  • We track the application throughout the process while communicating with the government on client’s behalf.


A Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant can assess your profile and see which Canadian immigration program is the right fit for you.


At WestSun, our team is prepared to guide you through the entire process, whatever your goal is!

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