Each province and territory in Canada, with the exception of Quebec, has their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which nominates individuals interested in settling in that particular province for fast-tracked immigration. Each Canadian Provincial Nominee Program has its own criteria, guidelines, as well as province specific “streams” which are individual immigration programs targeting precise demographics of skilled workers, students, and business professionals. This allows each province and territory to attract new immigrants that have the precise skills, work experience, and knowledge required to meet the local labor market needs of their distinct economy.

Applying for Canadian permanent residence with a Provincial Nomination

PNPs across Canada are actively seeking and retaining eligible foreign nationals by making the processing of applying for Canadian permanent residence more accessible.

Whether a Provincial Nomination certificate is obtained via Express Entry or outside the selection system, a nominee will be required to submit a separate
application for Canada permanent resident (PR) status to IRCC.

The Northern Canada territory of Nunavut does not have a PNP and Quebec does not participate in the federal government’s PNP.