One of the less known route to become a permanent resident of Canada are the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) of the different Provinces of the country.

Below are the different Provincial Nominee Program of every Canadian Province and/or Territory which we divided by sections. When you click on each, you will be able to read on the latest updates or news on the PNP programs of each Province or Territory of Canada.

Alberta AINP Articles & Reports
British Columbia BCPNP Articles & Reports
Manitoba MPNP Articles & Reports
New Brunswick NBPNP Articles & Reports
Newfoundland & Labrador NLPNP Articles & Reports
Northwest Territories NTPNP Articles & Reports
Nova Scotia NSPNP Articles & Reports
Ontario OPNP Articles & Reports
Prince Edward Island PEIPNP Articles & Reports
Saskatchewan SPNP Articles & Reports
Yukon Territories YTPNP Articles & Reports

(Update Feb. 2015)

Canada Provincial Nomination Program Grows Stronger With Express Entry

For many years now, Canada’s Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) have brought thousands of immigrants to Canada. And with the launch of Express Entry this year, the program has become stronger and more promising than ever.

Provincial Nominee Program: A Little Background

In Canada, the selection of immigrants is shared by both the federal and provincial governments. Added to the existing federal immigration programs in place, PNPs are also among the highly popular immigration means for many individuals who wish to live and work in Canada. These programs are based on the labour market needs of specific provinces, and the selection happens in two stages.

During the first stage, it is the province which approves applications and nominates qualified applicants who apply for immigration to the specific province. Approval and nomination are based on the applicant’s ability to settle into his chosen province and his capacity to contribute to the community.

Upon nomination, the second stage involves the federal government doing the needed security and medical checks. All those who pass these levels are accepted for immigration. It is important to note that all provinces have this program in place except Quebec and Nunavut, which have their own separate immigration system.

Express Entry: What It Means for the Provincial Nomination Program

The Express Entry program is revolutionizing Canada’s immigration selection system. It is designed to be demand-driven, to attract the applicants who will meet the specific needs of Canada and its provinces. A new Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is in place to rank applicants based on the total points awarded to them, the latter pertaining to a combination of points awarded to a number of factors to gauge an applicant’s ability to meet the requirements.

All applicants to the Express Entry pool must meet the qualifications for either of the three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. There are a total of maximum 1200 points available for applicants, and half of these will be coming either from a provincial nomination or a job offer.

Base Provincial Nominations vs. Enhanced Provincial Nominations

The launch of Express Entry has divided the PNP into two – base and enhanced. Base PNP pertains to the previous PNP in place prior to the introduction of Express Entry. Meanwhile, enhanced PNP pertains to the program in conjunction with the Express Entry system.

Various provinces have already announced that they will be processing a certain percentage of their PNP applications via Express Entry. This means that applicants can apply to the Express Entry and then proceed to apply for provincial nomination. If they are nominated, they automatically get 600 points out of 1200, increasing their chances of getting approved. Applicants can also choose to apply for nomination first, and then proceed to apply for Express Entry and create their profile.

For individuals who may not qualify for Express Entry but meet the requirements for a province’s nomination program, they can apply directly for base nomination. What’s important to remember whether applying for base or enhanced nomination is that applicants must show proof of intent to live and settle in their chosen province.