Provincial Nominee Program for Canada

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for Canada in 2020 | Eligibility, Application, Documentation and more!

The PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) is a great opportunity for you if you don’t meet the requirements of the Express Entry System. Read on.

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What is the Canadian PNP program?

Canada PNP program is a great alternative to a Canadian Federal skilled worker visa (PR). The provincial nominee programs are helpful to:

  1. Candidates who cannot meet the minimum criteria to qualify for the PR visa of Canada.
  2. Applicants who cannot score enough (CRS) to receive an invitation to apply in the Express Entry Pool to proceed for the final stage.

The Canadian PNP program allows the provincial government to select the immigrants they need for the province or territory. It also offers applicants the opportunity to become permanent residents.

With a suitable Provincial nomination, you have more chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA). When you receive the ITA, you can apply for a Permanent Residency visa.

Which provinces are part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

The provinces that are part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are –

The different immigration programs under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program are –

Skilled Immigration

  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category
  • International Graduate, Canadian Degree Category
  • The health Care Professional Category
  • The Skilled Worker Category
  • International Post-Graduate, BC Degree Category

Business immigration

  • Regional Entrepreneur Category
  • Entrepreneur Category
  • Regional Business Succession Option
  • Strategic Projects Category

Express Entry British Columbia

The major immigration streams under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program are :

  1. Express Entry stream
  2. The self-employed farmer stream
  3. The employer-driven stream
  4. The strategic recruitment stream

The various streams under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program are –

  1. Manitoba Invitation
  2. Manitoba Business Investor
  3. Manitoba Express Entry
  4. Manitoba Connection
  • Manitoba Support Stream
  • Manitoba Employment Stream
  • Manitoba Experience Stream

Additionally, The Young Farmer Nominee Program is an immigration stream under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. It is for applicants who want to live in Manitoba and develop a farm.

The different immigration streams under the Newfoundland and Labrador Nominee Program are :

  1. Immigrant Entrepreneur Stream
  2. Skilled Worker Stream
  3. International Graduate Stream

The different categories under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) are :

  1. Skilled Workers with Family Support
  2. Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  3. Business Applicants
  4. Express Entry Labour Market Stream

The different immigration programs under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) are :

The Saskatchewan Experience Category
  • Long Haul Truck Driver Project Stream
  • Health Profession Stream
  • Student Stream
  • Existing Work Permit Stream
  • Hospitality Sector Project Stream
The International Skilled Worker Category
  • Saskatchewan Express Entry Stream
  • Occupations in Demand Stream
  • Employment Offer Stream
The Entrepreneur and Farm Category
  • Farm Owners and Operators Stream
  • Entrepreneurs Stream

Additionally, The Young Farmer Stream under SINP is a sub-stream under the Farm Owners and Operators category. Here, the applicants can develop and operate a farm in the rural sectors of the province.

The several Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) streams are :

  1. Family Business 
  2. Worker stream
  3. International Graduate Stream
  4. Community Identified Stream
  5. Entrepreneur Stream
  6. Skilled Worker Stream
    • Low-Skilled Workers
    • Semi-Skilled Workers
  • Skilled Workers
    • Nova Scotia Express Entry Experience stream
    • Nova Scotia Immigration Express Entry Demand stream

The immigration programs within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) are :

  1. French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  2. Entrepreneur Stream
  3. Corporate Stream
  4. Human Capital Priorities Stream
  5. International Students Category
  • International Student with a Job Offer Stream
  • International PhD Students Stream
  • International Masters Graduate Stream (Pilot program)
  • General Category

The major categories of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) are :

  1. Express Entry
  2. Business Impact
  3. Labour Impact

There are two streams:

Northwest Territories Employer Driven Stream

The sub-categories for the Northwest Territories Employer Driven Stream are -

  • Critical Impact Worker stream: It hires immigrants in the unskilled and semi-skilled occupations.
  • Skilled Worker stream: It hires immigrants in the NOC codes 0, , A or B.

Business Driven Stream (NTNP)

The Business Driven Stream Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) is for entrepreneurs who want to buy, settle, invest, or establish a business in the Northwest Territories.

The different immigration streams within the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) are –

  1. Business Nominee Program
  2. Critical Impact Worker Program
  3. Skilled Worker Program
  4. Express Entry
  5. Yukon Community Pilot

The Yukon Community Pilot (YCP) :

  • Was launched in January of 2020
  • Will run till the June of 2023
  • Gives a special work permit
  • The work permit is limited to a particular community
  • The work permit allows the provincial nominees to work for multiple employers

The communities participating in the Yukon Community Pilot (YCP) are –

  • Watson Lake
  • Dawson City
  • Carcross
  • Whitehorse
  • Haines Junction
  • Carmacks

Eligibility for Canada PNP

he people eligible for PNP Canada are those who can meet the eligibility criteria of a specific province or territory. The eligibility criteria depend on the labour market and the economical condition. The provinces and their respective eligibility criteria are listed below.

The basic requirements of the British Columbia Skilled Immigration streams are –

  1.  A valid full-time job offer (exception - International Post-Graduate, BC Degree Category). The validity of the employer is determined by the following factors:
  • The business must be in British Columbia
  • The signing of an employer declaration
  • Having a good reputation as an employer in British Columbia
  • Offering an indeterminate, full-time job offer
  • Having a good workplace history
  • Offering competitive wage
  • Meeting the requirements of the domestic labour market (if needed)
  1. The candidates must satisfy the minimum requirements of the specific stream.
  2. The wage offered must be competitive in the BC province.
  3. Candidates must submit the necessary language test results. It depends on the occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification B, D, or C. 
  4. The job must uplift the economy of British Columbia.
  5. The employment must not have a negative effect on the training or employment of permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

The different sub-streams of the immigration programs under AINP and their eligibility criteria are given in the tables below.

Major immigration program

Sub-streams of the immigration program

Who can apply?

Eligibility criteria

The self-employed farmer stream

 

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Who can display the interest to buy land and develop it into farming land

  • Proof of funds (in Canadian dollars):
  • Investment fund - $ 500,000
  • Net worth - $ 500.,000
  • Proof of education, work experience, and training in farming
  • Viable business and investment plan
  • Proof of Canadian financial organization backing the proposed farming plan.

 

Major immigration program

Sub-streams of the immigration program

Who can apply?

Eligibility criteria

The employer-driven stream

 

Semi-Skilled Worker Category

 

Who has a permanent full-time job offer

  • Particular requirements of the applied industry
  • Valid work permit
  • Language skill results
  • Degree equivalent to high school

Skilled Worker Category

 

Who has a permanent full-time job offer

  • Proof of education, work experience, training, and certification
  • Intent to live and work in Alberta permanently
  • Valid work permit

 

International Graduate Category

 

  • Graduates who have a got a degree from a post-secondary institution or university in Canada

 

  • Who has a permanent full-time job offer

 

  • Intent to live and work in Alberta permanently
  • Valid postgraduate work permit
  • Must work for the same employer who nominates for the AINP
  • Minimum time of course – 1 year
  • If the occupation is NOC C, language skill results are needed

 

Major immigration program

Sub-streams of the immigration program

Who can apply?

Eligibility criteria

The strategic recruitment stream

 

Engineering Occupations Category

 

Designers, drafters, and engineers

  • Intent to live and work in Alberta
  • At least 2 years of working with an Alberta employer or currently working with one
  • Work experience or education in the field

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

 

Foremen, tradespersons, and supervisors

  • Intent to live and work in Alberta
  • Valid work permit
  • Recognized Trade Certificate or Alberta Qualification Certificate
  • At least 6 months within the last 3 years of working with an Alberta employer or currently working

 

Post-Graduate Worker Category

 

Graduates who have a got a degree from post-secondary education in Alberta

  • Intent to live and work in Alberta
  • Valid postgraduate work permit
  • Must work for the same employer who nominates for the AINP
  • Minimum time of course – 1 year
  • The job must be listed under NOC A, C, B or 0
  • If the occupation is NOC C, language skill results are needed

The MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) Ranking Points Grid is eligible for –

  1. International Education Streams
  2. Skilled Worker Overseas
  3. Skilled Worker in Manitoba

Factors affecting MPNP Expression of Interest 

The selection factors for the MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) Ranking Points Grid are given in the table below

Factors

Maximum points

Language proficiency

125

Work experience

175

Age

75

Adaptability

500

Education

125

Risk assessment

-200

The qualifying criteria for the various immigration programs under NLPNP are :

Immigrant Entrepreneur Stream

It is for immigrants who purchase or develop a business as listed in the Strategic Sector list.

  • Net worth of $ 450,000
  • An exploratory visit to show the business plan
  • Investment of $ 200,000 along with a Performance Agreement
  • Deposit of $ 100,000 (returnable once the conditions in the Performance Agreement are fulfilled)
  • Five years of senior management or related experience.

Skilled Worker Stream

It is for foreign nationals who have a valid job offer from an employer in NL province.

  • Valid work permit
  • Language skills proficiency (French or English)
  • Educational qualification, relevant skills, and experience for the job
  • Sufficient funds to live in NL
  • Intent to live in NL permanently

International Graduate Stream

It is for graduates who have passed from a post-secondary institution in Canada after:

  • Completion of a two-year degree or diploma course

Or

  • Completion of one-year post-graduate course
  • Display the intent to live and work in NL
  • Sufficient funds to live in NL
  • Valid post-graduate work permit
  • Language skills proficiency (French or English)

NBPNP top priority applicant


The applicants who qualify as the NBPNP top priority applicants are those who :

  • Are currently working in New Brunswick
  • Have French as their first official language
  • Have worked in the New Brunswick for at least 12 months within the last five years
  • Have a valid, permanent, full-time job offer from an employer from New Brunswick
  • Have studied from a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick
  • Have family as permanent residents or citizens for more than a year

NBPNP second priority applicants


The applicants who qualify as the NBPNP second priority applicants are those who :

  • Have attended a recruitment event or NBPNP information session in the last two years
  • Official registration for the event as proof of attendance

NBPNP third priority applicant


The applicants who qualify as the NBPNP third priority applicants are those who :

  • Have the interest to settle in New Brunswick
  • Display the qualifications to be financially established

The qualifying factors for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) point assessment grid are given below.

Factors

Maximum Points

Language skill

20

Work experience

25

Training and education

23

Connection and adaptability

30

Age

12

The eligibility requirements of the NSNP Skilled Worker Stream are –

  • Intent to live in Nova Scotia
  • Proof of legal status (if the applicant lives in Canada)
  • Language skill (French or English)
  • Minimum of a high school degree or equivalent
  • In the age range of 21 to 55
  • Work experience of at least a year
  • Permanent, full-time employment offer from an employer in Nova Scotia

The eligible occupations under the Nova Scotia Immigration Express Entry Demand stream are –

  • Financial and investment analysts
  • Purchasing agents and officers
  • Civil engineers
  • Electrical and electronic engineers
  • Computer engineers
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
  • Registered nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Family, marriage, and other related counselors
  • Financial auditors and accountants
  • Human resources professionals
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Software engineers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • Drafting technologists and technicians
  • User support technicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants
  • Financial sales representatives
  • Psychologists

The following criteria must be fulfilled:

  •  The applicant must have a full-time job in skilled occupation ( NOC 0, A or B) for an employee based in Ontario.
  • The applicant must have a qualification/diploma which makes him/her eligible for the job in question.
  • The applicant must have relevant professional experience.
  • The applicant must have a CRS score of 400 points or higher.
  • The applicant must intend to work and stay in Ontario.

Applicants may apply to PEI PNP through two streams:

  1. Business Impact Category 
  2. Labour Impact Category

Business Impact category of PEI PNP

The sub-categories under the Business Impact category of PEI PNP are given in the table below.

Sub-categories

Who can apply?

Work Permit Stream

Foreign workers who can settle in PEI and work in the business they want to invest in.

Partial Ownership Stream

Immigrants who can buy a part of a local business.

100% Ownership Stream

Foreign nationals who can purchase 100% ownership of a local business.

 

Labour Impact category of PEI PNP

The sub-categories under the Labour Impact category of PEI PNP are given below.

Sub-categories

Who can apply?

Critical Worker Stream

Applicants who have experience and knowledge in an unskilled or semi-skilled occupation.

Skilled Worker Stream

Applicants who have experience and knowledge in a skilled occupation.

You can migrate to the Northwest Territories of Canada by applying for :

  1. Express Entry Stream
  2. Business Driven Stream
  3. Employer Driven Stream

Business Driven Stream

  • Viable business plan
  • Minimum language proficiency – CLB 4
  • Work experience – Minimum level needed to carry out the business plan
  • Education - Minimum level needed to carry out the business plan
  • Investment of $ 150,000 (in Canadian Dollars)
  • Net worth of $ 250,000 (in Canadian Dollars)

Employer Driven Stream

  • Applicant must have received a job offer in semi-skilled or unskilled position
  • Applicant must have already worked in this position for a minimum of 6 months

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Documentation for the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

The documents required for the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) depend on the specific qualifying criteria.

Some basic documents required are –

  1. General application form of the primary applicant.
  2. Form attested by the spouse and other dependents.
  3. Recent color photographs
  4. Valid passport
  5. Identity proof
  6. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report
  7. Language skills results
  8. Proof of fund
  9. Medical certificate
  10. Police clearance certificate
  11. Documents that support the spouse and other dependents.

Application Process for Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

You can apply for the Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in two ways. The ways are –

  1. Express Entry system
  2. Non- Express Entry system (paper-based application)

The Express Entry system can be classified in two ways –

  • The candidates make an Express Entry profile.
  • After the submission of necessary documents, they reach the Express Entry pool.
  • Thereafter, the different territories and provinces look for suitable applicants.
  • The applicants picked by the different PNPs get the NOI (Notification of Interest).
  • Now, the candidates can submit the EOI (Expression of Interest) to the Express Entry stream.

Or

  • The candidate checks for a suitable PNP and applies for the nomination.
  • If the territory or province agrees for the nomination, the applicants can create the Express Entry profile.
  • There, they can show that they have the provincial nomination.
  • Non- Express Entry system (paper-based application) -
  • Select an appropriate province based on the eligibility criteria.
  • Submit the EOI (Expression of Interest) under the non-Express Entry stream.
  • The application will be evaluated based on the points system of the specific province or territory.
  • Upon selection, the applicants receive a nomination letter.
  • After this, the candidates must submit a paper application for a Permanent Residency visa to the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).

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Processing Time

The time taken to process the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) depends on the application process.

If you have applied under the Non- Express Entry system, then it will take 1-2 years. But if you have applied under the Express Entry system, then the time taken is around six months.

Cost

The PNP costs depend on the respective program. The provincial application fee structure is given in the table below.

Name of Province

Fees Charged Extra

Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

CAD 1500

Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)

CAD 350

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

CAD 500

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

CAD 1150

Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)

(Only for Province of Quebec)

Primary applicant: CAD 785

Spouse or Partner: CAD 168

Dependent Child: CAD 168

 

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) costs $ 812. The following is the cost breakdown:

  • Primary applicant: CAD 785
  • Spouse or Partner: CAD 168
  • Dependent Child: CAD 168

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