Provincial nomination programs (PNPs) offer a valuable way to Canadian permanent residence. The Canadian provinces and territories nominate individuals to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Each Canadian province and territory (except Nunavut and Quebec) has its norms that dictate Provincial Nominee Program. Each PNP has at least one immigration process that is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Provincial nominations issued under these Express Entry-aligned streams are known as 'enhanced nominations' and award Express Entry candidates an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
How the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) works This program is for workers who:
- have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
- want to live in that province, and
- want to become permanent residents of Canada Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:
- business people,
- skilled workers
- semi-skilled workers