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Provincial Nominee Programs

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are programs designed to target the immigration needs of provinces. In Canada there are 10 provinces and each province has several PN programs.

Provinces nominate people for permanent residence who have the skills and experience that their economies need, but the Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence. Provinces work in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

PNPs operate on an Expression of Interest (EOI) basis, where all EOIs are ranked and placed from the highest to the lowest score. The EOI is not an application, but merely a preliminary screening process that identifes the candidates who meet the requirements of a provincial nominee program. They receive a provincial nomination and are issued a certificate for their application to the IRCC for permanent residence once information in the EOI is verified and proven.

The advantage of PNPs is that they are considered to be alternative ways of immigrating to Canada. If you do not qualify for a federal immigration program because you do not have the right skills and/or experience, then you can still qualify under a provincial program. For example, most federal programs do not recognize “self-employment” as work experience, but the Ontario PNP under its Human Capital Priorities Stream recognizes self-employment as a legitimate experience. Arcadia Immigration Consulting, Inc., provides services in the following PN programs:

Ontario

  • PhD Graduate stream;
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream;
  • Human Capital Priorities stream;
  • Skilled Trades stream;
  • Entrepreneur stream.

Manitoba

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba;
  • Skilled Workers Overseas;
  • Career Employment Pathway;
  • Graduate Internship Pathway;
  • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot;
  • The Entrepreneur Pathway for applicants seeking to open a business in Manitoba; and
  • The Farm Investor Pathway for those intending to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.

Saskatchewan

  • International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer;
  • International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry;
  • International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand;
  • International Skilled Worker EOI System;
  • Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements;
  • Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit;
  • Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit;
  • Health Professionals;
  • Hospitality Sector Project;
  • Long-Haul Truck Drivers;
  • Students;
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category;
  • Entrepreneur Application – SINP;
  • Farm Owner and Operator – SINP.

Alberta

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream;
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream;
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream;
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream;
  • Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream.

British Columbia

  • Skills Immigration;
  • Express Entry BC;
  • Entrepreneur Immigration;
  • BC PNP Tech Pilot;
  • BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • NLPNP Express Entry;
  • NLPNP Skilled Worker;
  • International Graduate;
  • The International Entrepreneur category;
  • The International Graduate Entrepreneur category – for graduates of Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic.

Nova Scotia

  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities;
  • Labour Market Priorities for Physicians;
  • Physician;
  • Entrepreneur;
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur;
  • Skilled Worker;
  • Occupations in Demand;
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry.

New Brunswick

  • New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream;
  • New Brunswick Express Entry Stream;
  • New Brunswick Business Immigration Stream;
  • New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream.
Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut also have their unique nominee programs. Contact Arcadia to proceed with these programs.