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Provincial Nominee Program
Canada consists of 10 provinces and 3 territories. They have made an agreement with the Canadian Government to nominate immigrants who express interest to settle in that particular province. This program is known as the Provincial Nominee Program. Quebec and Nunavut are excluded from this program. Applicants wishing to apply to these provinces must refer to the specific criteria set by them. Each of the provinces have at least one of its immigration streams under PNP aligned with the federal Express Entry. These are referred to as "enhanced" streams. The advantages of enhanced PNP streams are that you can enjoy faster processing times and earn additional 600 points, boosting your CRS score to essentially guarantee you an invitation to apply. Streams that don't utilize the Express Entry framework are designated as "base" streams. The province will assess the applicants based on its immigration and labor shortages while also evaluating the genuine intention of the applicant to settle in the province.
There are over 80 provincial immigration streams available to choose from. Choosing the right immigration pathway can be a daunting process. You can be reassured at H&O Immigrations services, our consultants have tackled several complex cases and will take personal care. This has made us one of the leading Canadian immigration agencies in the region.
Alberta is one of the ‘3 prairie provinces’ of Canada and is home to one of the most picturesque places in the world, with famous national parks, like Banff and Jasper. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) targets prospective immigrants with the right skillset and work experience needed by the province. The main streams include:
BC PNP is an immigration program through which a broad range of workers, graduates and entrepreneurs can settle in the province. It is the most varied of all the PNPs.
There are 3 main streams under this program:
- Express Entry BC (EEBC)
- Skills Immigration (SI)
- Entrepreneur Immigration
The EE and SI streams are further divided into categories.
Manitoba is another Prairie province in Canada and is located right in the centre of the country. Its economy is largely composed of natural resources and agriculture, contributing a significant portion to Canada’s wealth. Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) nominates prospective immigrants from 4 main immigration streams:
The province of New Brunswick is located on Canada’s east coast on the Atlantic Ocean. The province is the only bilingual province in Canada, with approximately thirty percent of the population speaking French as the first language. New Brunswick’s Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) are divided into the following categories to meet the province’s labor market and demographic needs;
Express Entry Labour Market Stream
- Have at least a secondary school graduation certificate or diploma or its foreign equivalent
- Submit Expression of Interest
- No job offer required
- Express entry aligned
Skilled Workers with Employer Support
- Applicants must have a permanent, full-time job offer in one of the in-demand occupations in the province
- Not aligned with Express Entry
Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream Applicants, who graduated from a recognized, tertiary institute in the province and have started a business in New Brunswick.
Entrepreneur Stream Applicants must make an investment in the business that they own and actively manage in New Brunswick.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)
- New Brunswick is one of the four Atlantic provinces taking part in AIPP to recruit foreigners to fulfill labour market shortages.
- Job offer must be from a designated employer, who is a part of the participating communities.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland & Labrador is a group of islands located in the eastern most part of Canada. Labrador is part of Canada’s mainland, while Newfoundland is situated in the Atlantic Ocean. Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) have the following categories:
Express Entry Skilled Worker Skilled workers of NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B occupations with a guaranteed employment offer in the province and who are in the federal Express Entry pool.
Skilled Worker Category Experienced workers of all NOC Skill Levels with a guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer or are currently working in the province on a valid work permit, are eligible to apply for provincial nomination.
International Graduate Category Applicants who are recent graduates of an eligible tertiary institution and have a valid post-graduate work permit in the province may apply.
International Entrepreneur Category Foreign nationals, who want to start, acquire or manage a business in the province. They must manage their business for a year on temporary work permit, after which they will become eligible for this category.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category Allows international graduates of Newfoundland’s post-secondary institutions who want to own or manage a business in the province, to apply for permanent residency.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Applicable to foreign workers who might be abroad or in a temporary status in Canada, with job offer from a designated employer.
Priority Skills Stream Candidates who can boost the province’s economy and fill high demand jobs. These sectors include healthcare, information and communications technology and aquaculture.
Northwest Territories is one of the three territories in Canada. The province’s economy is rich in geological resources, like gold, diamonds, natural gas and petroleum. Northwest territories Nominee Program (NTNP) consists of two programs, employer-driven and business-driven, respectively. Employer-driven, further divided into three streams, targets workers in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations. NTNP also invites entrepreneurs and business owners to create and establish new business in the region via the business-driven program.
Employer-Driven Express Entry Stream Provides a pathway to permanent residence for candidates in the Express Entry pool with a job offer from a Northwest Territories employer.
Skilled Worker Stream Candidates who have received a job offer for a skilled position from a NWT employer may apply. They must have the necessary certificate or accreditation for their job and must have worked in the province for at least six months.
Critical Impact Worker Individuals who have a job offer in the semi-skilled or unskilled job from a NWT employer may apply. They should have at least 6 months experience of working in this position.
Business-Driven Individuals who would like to start their own business or operate and invest in an already established business in the province. Priorities will be given to Entrepreneurs that will give significant benefit to the economy and create new jobs.
Nova Scotia is a maritime province and Canada’s second-smallest province. Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (Nova Scotia PNP) has seven streams for workers and International graduates and two additional streams for entrepreneurs:
Nova Scotia Experience - Express Entry Targets foreign workers in the express entry pool, who have at least one year of work experience in a skilled occupation in the province.
Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream Targets foreign workers in the express entry pool who meet labour market shortages in the province.
Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Designed to support public health organizations in the province meet critical labour needs. Foreign, qualified physicians in the express entry pool who have a valid job offer either as a general practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) or a specialist physician (NOC 3111) in the province are invited.
Physician Stream Internationally trained physicians with a job offer for general practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) or specialist physician (NOC 3111) from Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.
Skilled Worker Individuals with a valid, permanent, full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either skilled, semi-skilled, and low skilled occupations.
Occupations in Demand Individuals who have NOC skill level C-related job experience that are in high demand in the province, for at least one year can apply. These occupations include NOC 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).
International Graduates in Demand Individuals with a valid, permanent, full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either NOC 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 4214 (early childhood educators and assistants) and have graduated from a program related to the job.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Foreign graduates who have completed a minimum of two years post-secondary study in Nova Scotia and have operated their own business for at least one year.
Entrepreneur Foreign nationals who want to start and operate a business in Nova Scotia may apply. They should have a minimum of 5 years senior management experience or 3 years as business owner.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Applicable to foreign workers who might be abroad or in a temporary status in Canada, with job offer from a designated employer in the participating community.
Ontario is Canada’s second largest and most populous province, located in the east-central of the country. Ottawa is Canada’s capital city and is in Ontario. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has designed three main categories, such as Ontario Human Capital, Ontario Employer Job Offer and Ontario Business. These categories are further divided to nine immigration streams:
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is considered “the birthplace of Canada”. The province’s economy is significantly made up of agriculture, tourism and fishing. Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP) is divided into three categories, PEI PNP Express Entry, Labour Impact Category and Business Impact Category:
Saskatchewan is one of the Prairie Provinces in western Canada and its economy is primarily composed of agriculture and natural resources, like fishing and forestry. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is divided into four categories, which is further divided into subcategories:
International Skilled Worker Category Saskatchewan Express Entry: Score a minimum of 60 pts in the SINP point assessment grid and have job experience in a skilled occupation, included on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List. Job offer not required and aligned with express entry.
Occupation In-Demand: Score a minimum of 60 pts in the SINP point assessment grid and have job experience in a skilled occupation, included on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List. Job offer not required and not aligned with express entry.
Employment Offer: Score a minimum of 60 pts in the SINP point assessment grid and have a valid job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in a skilled occupation or Saskatchewan designated trade.
Saskatchewan Experience Category Saskatchewan Experience: Foreign workers who have a minimum of 6 months work experience in Saskatchewan and have a valid job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.
Entrepreneur and Farm Category Entrepreneur: Foreign entrepreneurs who want to invest in a business in Saskatchewan and actively manage it.
Farm Owner: Foreign farmers who want to invest and manage farming operations in Saskatchewan.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category International Graduate Entrepreneur: International students who have an eligible Saskatchewan post-secondary degree or diploma and are planning to start a business in the province.
Yukon is a territory, located in the northwest part of Canada, with a very small population. Yukon’s economy is mainly tourism and mining. Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) targets skilled and experience immigrants to apply for permanent residence. YNP consists of the following program: