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How to Get a Provincial Nomination for Canadian Immigration

Published on: August 31st, 2017

A provincial nomination can be the biggest deciding factor in whether your immigration application is successful. There are dozens of provincial programs to choose from, each with their own, changing, eligibility criteria and application guidelines. So how do you get a provincial nomination for Canadian immigration?

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How to Get a Provincial Nomination

Since every province has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), each with many different streams, it can be a challenge to sort through them all to find which ones you’re eligible for. This is made even more complicated by the fact that provincial governments sometimes change eligibility requirements for streams, open new streams, or close streams. The real trick to getting a provincial nomination is to take the time to do your research on all the options, and to continue to closely monitor all of the programs you might be eligible for.

However, the extra work is generally worth it: A provincial nomination is usually the surest way to become a Canadian permanent resident.

If you’re applying to a provincial stream aligned with Express Entry, a nomination is work an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Since the minimum CRS required to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence has been below 500 all year, a provincial nomination virtually guarantees you will receive an ITA.

If you receive a nomination from a stream that isn’t aligned with Express Entry, you can apply for permanent residence directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a provincial nominee.

While every provincial nominee program is unique, there are a few general guidelines we can give you for how to get a provincial nomination.


Many provinces have a PNP stream dedicated to bringing in foreign workers with experience in specific occupations. Usually, occupations are chosen because the province has a labour shortage, and needs to bring in foreign workers to meet demand. The occupations that are considered ‘in-demand’ change by province, and also over time. Closely monitoring these lists, for all of the provinces that offer in-demand occupation streams, can be the best way to get a provincial nomination. Examples: Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand or Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry


Similar to in-demand occupation streams, employer job offer streams are designed to help employers in the province meet their labour needs. If an employer is unable to fill a position from the local labour market, employer job offer provincial nomination streams give them access to the international market. This is good news for candidates, whether they’re in the Express Entry pool or not. If you’re in the pool, a job offer is worth either 50 or 200 additional CRS points, depending on the skill level of the job. If the employer offering you the job is located in a province with an employer job offer stream, the job offer might make you eligible to apply for a provincial nomination. If you aren’t in the Express Entry pool, a job offer could make you eligible for an employer job offer provincial nomination stream, as long as that stream isn’t aligned with Express Entry. Examples: New Brunswick Skilled Worker Applicants with Employer Support  or Saskatchewan Employment Offer


Sometimes, provinces offer immigration streams to candidates who have experience in an in-demand occupation, and who already have a job offer from an employer in that occupation. Examples: Ontario In-Demand Skills or British Columbia Healthcare Professional Category             Sincerely, The Canadim Team!


Most provinces have a provincial nomination stream for candidates who have experience studying in the province. In fact, international student graduates are some of the most sought-after candidates for immigration. If you’ve graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada, and are in the Express Entry pool, you also may be eligible for up to 30 additional CRS points for your education alone. If you don’t already have experience as a student in Canada, our Study-2-Immigrate program can help you find a school and program in Canada that can help you meet your education, career, and immigration goals. Examples: Alberta Post-Graduate Worker or Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas Category


Experience working in a province as a temporary worker can help you get a provincial nomination. Many provinces have streams dedicated to help temporary workers transition to permanent residence. Some of these streams require that you be working in Canada when you apply for a nomination, and that your employer gives you a full-time, permanent job offer. Others only require recent experience as a worker in the province. If you’re not eligible to immigrate to Canada, starting off as a temporary worker can improve your eligibility in a lot of ways. You can improve your language ability, and grow your professional network to try to get a permanent job offer. Examples: Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry or Manitoba Skilled Workers in Manitoba Category


Some provinces offer provincial nominations for candidates who are willing to own and operate a business in the province. Usually, you need to have managerial experience and a minimum personal net worth to be eligible for these types of streams. Examples: Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business or Prince Edward Island 100 Percent Ownership Stream


If you have a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, but who is not able to sponsor you, you might still be able to get a provincial nomination. Some provinces have streams for candidates with family members living in the province. Examples: New Brunswick Skilled Worker Applicants with Family Support or Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas Category


Some provinces have other provincial nomination streams to help meet their immigration goals. For example, Ontario wants to increase the number of francophone newcomers it welcomes each year. So, if you have high French language proficiency, you may be eligible for the Ontario French Speaking Skilled Worker stream. Alberta and Saskatchewan both have major agricultural industries. They both have provincial nomination programs for candidates who have farming experience, and who are interested in owning, operating, or investing in a farm in the Alberta or Saskatchewan.

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