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The 5 Best PNPs for Workers Overseas!

If you are trying to immigrate to Canada, you’re probably aware of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Each of Canada’s provinces and territories runs their own immigration programs, called PNPs. Securing a successful PNP means that the applicant can apply directly for Canadian permanent residence. In this article we break down the best PNPs for workers living overseas.

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All PNPs have different requirements. In putting together this article, we eliminated the PNPs that require a person to be living in Canada or to have a Canadian job offer. This article is for everyone living overseas who wants to know the best way to immigrate with the credentials and experience you already have.

Please note that this article is only about PNPs, if you are eligible for Express Entry, you may not even need a PNP to assist your Canadian immigration. Here’s our list of the Top 5 PNPs for Workers Overseas:

#1 - Nova Scotia Demand - Express Entry (Category B)

Express Entry Profile: Required

In-Demand Work Experience: Required (see below for list)

Application Procedure: First-come, First-Served

The picturesque, seaside province of Nova Scotia is looking for skilled workers to fill out their workforce. If you have an Express Entry profile and you have experience in one of the in-demand occupations listed below, then Nova Scotia Demand – Express Entry could be a great option for you.

The Challenge: This PNP is closed for most of the year. It opens once every 3-6 months and accepts a small number of applications on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s very challenging to get your application submitted in that window. Check out our article on why working with a representative can help you make the cut!

Nova Scotia - In-Demand Occupations List

Occupation TitleNOC CodeSkill Level
Financial auditors and accountants 1111A
Other financial officers1114A
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations1123A
Administrative assistants1241B
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 1311B
Civil engineers 2131A
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012A
Licensed practical nurses 3233B
College and other vocational instructors 4021A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211B
Social and community service workers 4212B

#2 - Saskatchewan Express Entry

Express Entry Profile: Required

In-Demand Work Experience: Required

Application Procedure: Competitive Ranking System

The prairie province of Saskatchewan admits thousands of skilled workers each year through its PNP. The Saskatchewan Express Entry stream is ideal for those with Express Entry profiles who have experience in one of the in-demand occupations (listed below).

The Challenge: Saskatchewan uses a points-grid out of 100 points to rank eligible candidates. All those interested can submit an Expression of Interest, but only the most competitive candidates will be selected.

Saskatchewan - In-Demand Occupations List

NOC CodeOccupations
2154Land surveyors
3111Psychiatrists
3215Medical Radiation Technologists
3234Paramedics
4151Psychologists
4212Social and community service workers
4214Early childhood educators and assistants
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3216Medical sonographers
2123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
6331Meat cutters
7201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7311Industrial mechanics
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics
7322Motor vehicle body repairers
7237Welders
7384Recreation Vehicle Service
0822Managers in horticulture
8252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
0821Managers in agriculture

#3 - Saskatchewan Occupation In-Demand

Express Entry Profile: Not Required

In-Demand Work Experience: Required

Application Procedure: Competitive Ranking System

In addition to the Express Entry stream listed above, Saskatchewan also runs the Occupations In-Demand stream for those foreign workers who don’t have Express Entry profiles.

The Challenge: Like the Express Entry stream of the PNP, this stream uses a points-grid to rank interested candidates. Only the most competitive candidates will be selected.

Saskatchewan - In-Demand Occupations

NOC CodeOccupations
2154Land surveyors
3111Psychiatrists
3215Medical Radiation Technologists
3234Paramedics
4151Psychologists
4212Social and community service workers
4214Early childhood educators and assistants
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3216Medical sonographers
2123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
6331Meat cutters
7201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7311Industrial mechanics
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics
7322Motor vehicle body repairers
7237Welders
7384Recreation Vehicle Service
0822Managers in horticulture
8252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
0821Managers in agriculture

#4 - Ontario Human Capital Priorities

Express Entry Profile: Required

In-Demand Work Experience: Not Required

Application Procedure: Automatic

Canada’s most popular destination for new immigrants and home to the city of Toronto, the province of Ontario runs a PNP to fill gaps in its labour force. The Human Capital Priorities stream selects candidates out of the Express Entry pool and invites them to apply directly to the province.

The Challenge: This stream automatically selects candidates from the Express Entry pool, contacting them directly through their IRCC online account. Generally, only candidates with a CRS score above 400 points are invited and even then, not everyone with a score above 400 will receive an invitation.

#5 - Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas

Express Entry Profile: Not Required

In-Demand Work Experience: Required

Application Procedure: Competitive Ranking System

The province of Manitoba uses the MPNP to attract skilled workers to the province. The Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas stream uses a ranking system to select only the most competitive candidates for immigration. All candidates must have work experience in one of Manitoba’s in-demand occupations (see list below).

The Challenge: Candidates must have a connection to the province, usually through a friend or relative who lives there. As well, candidates are ranked using the MPNP Ranking System and only the most competitive candidates are invited to apply.

Manitoba - In-Demand Occupations

NOC CodeOccupation TitleSkill LevelMinimum CLB Required for Language
0111Financial managers *07
0112Human resources managers05
0114Other administrative services managers05
0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers05
0122Banking, credit and other investment managers05
0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers05
1111Financial auditors and accountants *A7
1112Financial and investment analystsA5
1114Other financial officersA5
1121Human resources professionalsA5
1122Professional occupations in business management consultingA5
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relationsA5
1212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workersB5
1215Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupationsB5
1221Administrative officersB5
1223Human resources and recruitment officersB5
1224Property administratorsB5
1241Administrative assistantsB5
1242Legal administrative assistantsB5
1251Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupationsB5
1311Accounting technicians and bookkeepersB5
0211Engineering managers05
0212Architecture and science managers05
0213Computer and information systems managers05
2121Biologists and related scientistsA5
2123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists *A7
2131Civil engineers *A7
2132Mechanical engineers *A7
2133Electrical and electronics engineers *A7
2141Industrial and manufacturing engineers *A7
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) *A7
2151Architects *A7
2154Land surveyors *A7
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuariesA5
2171Information systems analysts and consultantsA5
2172Database analysts and data administratorsA5
2173Software engineers and designers *A7
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developersA5
2175Web designers and developersA5
2211Chemical technologists and techniciansB5
2212Geological and mineral technologists and technicians *B7
2221Biological technologists and technicians *B7
2222Agricultural and fish products inspectorsB5
2231Civil engineering technologists and technicians *B7
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians *B7
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians *B7
2234Construction estimatorsB5
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians *B7
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) *B7
2244Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors *B7
2253Drafting technologists and technicians *B7
2271Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructorsB5
2281Computer network technicians *B7
2282User support techniciansB5
0311Managers in Health CareA7
3131Pharmacists *A7
3132Dietitians and nutritionists *A7
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists *A7
3142Physiotherapists *A7
3143Occupational therapists *A7
3211Medical laboratory technologists *B7
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistantsB5
3213Animal health technologists and veterinary techniciansB5
3214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists *B7
3215Medical radiation technologists *B5
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)B5
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists *B7
3236Massage therapistsB5
0423Managers in social, community and correctional services05
4112Lawyers and Quebec notaries *A7
4151Psychologists *A7
4152Social workers *A7
4153Family, marriage and other related counsellorsA5
4161Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultantsA5
4164Social policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4166Education policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4167Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officersA5
4168Program officers unique to governmentA5
4211Paralegal and related occupationsB5
4212Social and community service workersB5
4214Early childhood educators and assistants *B7
4215Instructors of persons with disabilitiesB5
0513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors05
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupationsA5
5225Audio and video recording techniciansB5
5241Graphic designers and illustratorsB5
5242Interior designers and interior decoratorsB5
5243Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designersB5
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitnessB5
0601Corporate sales managers05
0621Retail and wholesale trade managers05
0651Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.05
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale tradeB5
6222Retail and wholesale buyersB5
6232Real estate agents and salespersonsB5
6235Financial sales representativesB5
6311Food service supervisorsB5
6322CooksB5
6332BakersB5
0711Construction managers05
0712Home building and renovation managers05
0714Facility operation and maintenance managers05
0731Managers in transportation05
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectorsB5
7232Tool and die makersB5
7233Sheet metal workersB5
7237Welders and related machine operatorsB5
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system) **B6
7242Industrial electricians **B6
7244Electrical power line and cable workersB5
7245Telecommunications line and cable workers *B7
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers *B7
7251PlumbersB5
7271CarpentersB5
7282Concrete finishersB5
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathersB5
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)B5
7295Floor covering installersB5
7311Construction millwrights and industrial mechanicsB5
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanicsB5
7313Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics **B6
7315Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectorsB5
7316Machine fittersB5
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairersB5
7322Motor vehicle body repairersB5
7361Railway and yard locomotive engineersB5
7362Railway conductors and brakemen/womenB5
7371Crane operators **B6
0821Managers in agriculture05
0911Manufacturing managers05
0912Utilities managers05
9241Power engineers and power systems operatorsB5
* Regulated Occupation
** Compulsory Trades
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