Understanding the basics of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs – Canada Immigration News

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) exist in nearly all Canadian provinces and territories (excluding Quebec and Nunavut) as a tool for each individual region to nominate immigration candidates who are interested in settling in a particular area within Canada.

Designed to disperse the benefits of immigration throughout Canada—especially because Canadian immigration has historically been disproportionate to Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec—there are currently over 80 country-wide PNP streams available for prospective Canadian immigrants.
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The following is an overview of each province and territory’s specific PNP.
Note: Many streams have unique and varying fees, application criteria/requirements — including whether the PNP stream requires candidates to have an existing job offer — and steps involved with the application process.
Hyperlinks found below for each province/territory’s specific stream as well as links to each stream within a province will provide precise details beyond the following overviews.
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) provides eight different streams for both workers and entrepreneurs who are interested in calling Canada’s most populated “prairie province” their new home.
These streams are:
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) provides three general streams for prospective newcomers to Canada that would love to reside in one of Canada’s most picturesque provinces.
These streams, which provide different immigration pathways for several groups, are as follows:
Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) can be used by people interested in coming to the country’s central-most province through the following five PNP pathways:
For anyone seeking to immigrate to Canada and live in the country’s largest Maritimes province, the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) offers five different routes through which someone can explore this possibility.
These streams are:
Note: This stream, as of the time of writing, has suspended the receipt of applications until further notice (as of May 20, 2022)
Five different possible streams exist for a prospective immigrant to Canada who is interested in making the country’s easternmost province their home.
The different streams in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) are as follows:
Nova Scotia is a province known as “Canada’s Ocean Playground” for its 13,000 kilometres of coastline.
For anyone that sees the appeal in moving to this quaint and serene province, Canada’s second smallest, here are the nine different streams available through the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP):
Canada’s most populated province, and its most popular historically for immigration, is Ontario. Ontario has four different categories within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) for eligible Canadian newcomers to explore.
These categories are:
Canada’s smallest province gives prospective newcomers to Canada three different ways to come and settle in the country’s potato-famous region through Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).
These options are:
Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) provides prospective newcomers to Canada with four different streams through which they can immigrate to Saskatchewan.
These streams are:
The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) contains two distinct programs that give interested Canadian newcomers a total of four streams through which they can explore settling in this region—home to two of North America’s largest freshwater lakes and the largest national park in the country.
These streams are:
Under the Northwest Territories Employer Driven Program:
Under the Business Immigration Program:
Yukon’s version of the PNP is called the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP), and it has five streams through which Canadian newcomers can settle in the territory.
These streams are:
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