Provincial Nominee Programs

Provincial nomination offers a valued pathway to Canadian permanent residence.

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow provincial and territorial governments to choose immigrants according to the economic needs of the province or territory. This way, Canadian provinces and territories nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. These nominated immigrants must have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of that province or territory, and must want to live there.


Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and criteria for their PNP. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target students, business people, skilled workers or semi-skilled workers.

All Canadian provinces, excepting Quebec, have their own Provincial Nominee Programs.


Each PNP has at least one immigration stream that is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system and if nominated, the candidates can earn additional 600 points in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Provinces and Territories of Canada

Provinces and Territories of Canada