Provincial Nominee Programs allow each Canadian province to set their own requirements for their different immigration streams. Each Canadian province, except Quebec and Nunavut, has different nominee programs that operate in different ways. Many have programs that target international graduates, businesspeople, or in-demand work experience. Other targeted factors often depend on labour market or demographic gaps in the province. For example, Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream targets skilled workers with a strong proficiency in French to help increase their Francophone population.
Immigration through a Provincial Nominee Program makes up a large portion of Canada’s total economic immigration. Of a quarter of a million economic immigrants targeted for 2022, about 83,500 are reserved for those applying under a Provincial Nominee Program.
Many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) hold draws in which they invite candidates to apply to be nominated for Canadian permanent residence. Some PNPs require candidates to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to be considered in these draws. Other programs invite candidates directly from the Express Entry pool that haven’t even applied for consideration.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian Permanent Residents in BC. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province operates several immigration streams divided among two categories:
The British Columbia Nominee Program (BCPNP) held a total of 6 nominee draws this December 2022, 6 of which targeted a set of in-demand occupations such as health care workers and tech occupations.
British Columbia issued more than 575 invitations in Expression of Interest (EOI) draws in December.
A majority of the BCPNP’s nominee draws this month targeted certain in-demand occupations, including:
Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas includes the following streams:
Applicants who are successful through any of these Manitoba streams will receive an official provincial nomination from Manitoba. This provincial nomination makes applicants eligible to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.
In order to be eligible for all three streams included in the Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas category, candidates must score a minimum of 60 points on the MPNP Points Assessment Grid.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued a total of 1,781 invitations through 5 nominee draws this month.
Manitoba’s draws invited candidates eligible under three nominee streams:
MPNP also held a special Ukrainian draw for those affected by the war in Ukraine. A total of of 16 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued for this type in December. Expressions of Interest have only been considered for candidates that:
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) candidates under four separate streams this December 2022:
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways that target immigrants with business acumen, skilled workers, and young graduates who are fresh from post-secondary education.
The PEI PNP gives prospective newcomers the chance to receive a provincial nomination through one of its many immigration streams, which may fast-track their path to Canadian permanent residence. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) held two nominee draws in December 2022.
An additional 7 candidates were invited under the Business Work Permit Entrepreneur stream.
Quebec operates a number of different immigration programs enabling eligible candidates to secure Canadian permanent residence. The federal government has granted the province of Quebec significantly more autonomy in immigration policies and procedures, which is why Quebec’s immigration programs are often treated separately from other provinces’.
There were two draws held in December 2022 to apply for Quebec permanent selection. A total of 1,030 persons were invited to apply. Applicants had a score of 589 or higher.
December 1st’s draw also targeted applicants with in-demand work experience. Applicants who indicated the following NOC codes and had a score above 589, were selected to apply:
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), is a collection of immigration pathways enabling foreign nationals to become Canadian permanent residents. The PNP is strategically designed to attract immigrants in areas which will benefit the province: skilled workers, workers in sectors with labour shortages, workers with job offers, and entrepreneurs. The province operates several immigration streams divided among three categories:
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held 5 Expression of Interest (EOI) draws for candidates eligible under the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand categories. The 5 draws invited 2,206 candidates and targeted individuals with an Educational Credential Assessment and work experience in an in-demand occupation.
Just by submitting an Express Entry profile, you can increase your chances of receiving a provincial nomination. Provinces frequently scan the Express Entry pool and invite profiles that help respond to labour or demographic gaps. Ensuring your profile is strong and indicates your interest in multiple provinces can also help increase your chances of being invited through an Express Entry PNP.
Since many PNPs require candidates to have a connection to the province, studying or working in Canada can also help to increase your chances.
The ideal PNP candidate is one that has work experience and skills that help a province respond to labour market or demographic needs. Other factors that may increase one’s chances include:
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