PROVINCIAL NOMINATION PROGRAMS

What Are Those Programs and How You Can Qualify
Canada has a de-centralized system that enables it’s provinces and territories to function independently from the Federal Government. That said, it is important to understand that even though each province has its own immigration program in place, which is designed to cater for the specific needs of the province, the Federal Government still maintains the right to issue or refuse entry visas to Canada. While the provinces can nominate specific individuals who are believed to benefit its economy, the immigration application always ends with the Federal Government for specific processing and final approval.

The following programs represent the currently existing provincial or territorial nominee programs:

The following are those programs in a bit of detail

The province of Quebec has its own immigration streams that are best suited to serve its economic requirements. The following are immigration programs available in the province of Quebec.

Foreign Students:

  • Must be admitted through a Designated Learning Institutions DLI. This is now one of the ways you can qualify to stay permanently in Canada after you have achieved your diploma through the Quebec experience program.

Temporary Workers:

  • Once you can obtain the authorizations to work temporarily in Quebec, you can submit an immigration application to stay permanently in Quebec.

Permanent Workers:

  • If you want to apply to Quebec as a Permanent Worker, you will need to start a MonProjet profile to be considered for immigration to Quebec. Selection factors focus on:
    • Education
    • Age
    • Language proficiency
    • Adaptability and
    • Availability of a job offer.
    • Your financial capacity, spouse and children factors are also taken into consideration.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

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This is an economic immigration program designed to help Ontario meet its labor market and economic development priorities. The program allows Ontario to nominate, for permanent residence, individuals who have the skills and experience to contribute to Ontario’s economy and assists employers in recruiting and retaining foreign workers.

The OINP is operated by the province of Ontario in partnership with the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The OINP assesses applications and nominates candidates for permanent residence. Individuals nominated by the OINP can then apply for permanent residence through IRCC, who makes the final decision on each application and issues permanent resident visas to successful applicants.

Available Streams:

  • International Students: The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers international students with a job offer the opportunity to permanently live and work in Ontario.
  • Masters Graduates: This program offers an opportunity for international students with a master’s degree obtained in Ontario to live and work permanently in Ontario.
  • PHD Graduates: This program offers opportunity for international students with a PhD degree obtained in Canada to live and work permanently in Ontario.
  • Foreign Workers: Foreign workers who have a job offer in Ontario can apply through this program to gain permanent residency status in Canada
  • In-Demand Skills: The OINP offers an opportunity for in-demand foreign workers who have specific occupations to work and live permanently in Ontario. The occupations currently in demand are in the following two sectors
    • Agricultural sector
    • Constructional sector
  • French-Speaking Skilled Workers: Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is for French-Speaking skilled workers who have strong English language abilities and who want to live and work permanently in Ontario.
  • Express Entry Human Capital Priorities: This program is designed for skilled workers who want to live and work permanently in Ontario. It considers the Express Entry pool to contact candidates who would fit into Ontario’s economic plans.
  • Express Entry Skilled Trades: This program is designed for skilled workers with work experience in an eligible skilled trade who want to live and work permanently in Ontario. It considers Express Entry candidates who would fit into Ontario’s economic plans.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

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BC PNP is an agreement between the government of BC and the government of Canada to attract required skills and categories of individuals/families who demonstrate the ability to establish themselves within the BC community and positively contribute to the economy. The available streams within this BC PNP are:

Skills Immigration: 

Skilled and Semi-Skilled workers in high-demand occupations in BC. It is a point based invitation system that involves registering and applying online for the BC PNP and a paper application process for PR. Included categories

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • Healthcare Professional
  • International Post-Graduate

Express Entry BC: 

If you have the skills to fill a high-demand occupation in BC, this program stream is a fast way that connects with the Federal Express Entry system, for eligible candidates to gain permanent residency status in British Columbia. The available streams within this program are:

  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Healthcare Professional
  • EEBC – International Post-Graduate

Nova Scotia Nomination Program (NSNP)

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Through NSNP, prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate, which speeds up the overall immigration process. The possible immigration streams in that program are:

International Graduate:

To qualify for this stream, you need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Want to live permanently in Nova Scotia
  • Have at least 1 year of continuous experience owning and running a Nova Scotia business (100% ownership)
  • Completed at least a 2-year academic diploma in Nova Scotia (full-time)
  • Have a valid post-graduation work permit
  • Able to demonstrate a language proficiency of CLB7 or higher
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest & Receive an ITA

Skilled Worker:

To qualify for this stream, you need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer
  • Have 1 year of work experience related to the job (semi-skilled and low-skilled must have 6 months experience with the employer already)
  • Be 21 to 55 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or higher
  • Have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job
  • Achieve a language proficiency of CLB5 for skilled workers and CLB4 for semi and low-skilled
  • Show enough financial resources to settle in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Demand/Express Entry:

This is a stream that selects highly skilled individuals who must have an Express Entry profile to begin with, then be in either one of two categories:

  • Category A: Applicants with a job offer
  • Category B: Applicants with experience in an opportunity occupation

Nova Scotia Experience/Express Entry:

This stream selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in Nova Scotia and have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

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NBPNP is a provincial immigration program made possible through an agreement with the Federal Government of Canada. As an economic program, the NBPNP selects, and nominates, qualified business people and skilled workers from around the world who will live in New Brunswick and contribute to the local economy.

Skilled Workers with family support: 

In order to qualify for this stream, you should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have a close relative to the family as a supporter
  • Your age is between 22 and 50
  • You can demonstrate a language proficiency of CLB4 or higher
  • You are qualified educationally and experience wise to your intended occupation
  • You intend to live and work in New Brunswick
  • You have at least 2 years of experience (full-time) within the last 5 years
  • Your job is represented in (0, A or B)

You possess a minimum settlement fund of 10,000CAD and 2,000 for each additional family member

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

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Manitoba was the first to establish its own immigration program (MPNP) in agreement with the federal government of Canada, aiming to target skilled workers, tradespeople and professionals. The program has three main areas of interest we could be of help with. Those are Skilled Workers, Business Investors and Farm Strategic Recruitment

Skilled Workers Overseas: 

This stream has been updated late 2017, and it now includes 2 pathways

  • The Human Capital pathway
  • The Manitoba Express Entry pathway

In order to be eligible for any of these streams, you need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Submit and Expression of Interest, where the following elements will be evaluated:
    • Language
    • Age
    • Work Experience
    • Education
    • Adaptability &
    • Risk Assessment
  • If you’re applying through the Manitoba Express Entry pathway, you will need to have a valid Express Entry ID
  • Receive an invitation based on your score and submit required documents
  • Make a separate application to the Gov’t of Canada for PR (You & family)

You will also need to submit a career plan outlining the path you have in mind for your professional life in Canada

Prince Edward Island Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

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The program is run by the Office of Immigration, and is the operating name of the crown corporation called IIDI (Island Investment & Development Inc.), which is a crown company tasked with nominating individuals with potential to fill the key gaps/requirements of PEI economy. Streams managed under this program are:

Atlantic Immigration Pilot: 

This is a two-step program during which the…

  1. Employer becomes designated, by applying to PEI to become a designated employer, after fulfilling eligibility criteria.
  2. Employer endorses a candidate and provide/assist with their settlement plan.

Immigration as a Worker: 

This includes several sub-streams as follows:

  • Critical Workers: If you are working in PEI in one of the following occupations:
    • Truck driver
    • Customer Service Representative
    • Laborer
    • Food and beverage server or
    • Housekeeping attendant
  • International Graduates: If you graduated from an accredited PEI post-secondary institution and are currently working in PEI.
  • PEI Express Entry: Nomination through PEI PNP will boost your chances if you have an Express Entry application

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nomination Program (SINP)

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This program invites residency applications from non-Canadians who want to make Saskatchewan their home. The program includes the following streams:

International Skilled Worker: 

SINP nominates those skilled workers who meet the SINP criteria within the following sub-streams:

  • International Skilled Worker/Employment Offer: In order to qualify for this stream, you need to:
    • Score 60 out of 100 in Saskatchewan eligibility grid
    • Having a valid job offer
  • International Skilled Worker/Occupation In-Demand: To qualify for this stream, you need to
    • Score 60 out of 100 in Saskatchewan eligibility grid
    • Have a minimum of 1-year experience in one of the In-Demand occupations list
  • International Skilled Worker/Saskatchewan Express Entry: To qualify for this stream, you need to:
    • Be originally accepted in IRCC’s Express Entry Pool
    • Score 60 out of 100 in Saskatchewan’s eligibility grid

Saskatchewan Experience Category: 

This stream applies to current foreign workers with a valid work permit in Saskatchewan. This category has its own sub-categories as follows:

  • Applicants with existing work permit
  • Health professionals
  • Hospitality sector project
  • Long-Haul truck driver project

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

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AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of IRCC. It includes the following streams:

Strategic Recruitment:

You can apply on your own (without an employer) under one of three different category options:

  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category: to qualify under this category you need to:
    • Be a temporary foreign worker
    • Have a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT)
  • Engineering Occupations Category: to qualify for this category you need to:
    • Be a temporary foreign worker with Alberta work experience
    • Hold an eligible engineering occupation
  • Post-Graduate Worker Category: to qualify for this category, you need to:
    • Have a Post-Graduation Work Permit
    • Be currently working in Alberta
    • Have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta
  • Employer-Driven: This stream is for those who have been offered a full-time job from an Alberta employer and are one of the 3 following sub-categories:
    • Skilled Workers
    • International Graduate
    • Semi-Skilled Worker

Newfoundland and Labroador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)

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NL PNP provides a quicker alternative to entry into Canada. It allows Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate applicants who qualify under provincially established criteria for PR status. Available streams are:

Express Entry Skilled Worker: 

This category is for skilled individuals who have been accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry pool and have a job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

International Graduate: 

This category is for recent graduates who have a Post-Graduate Work Permit and a job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

Skilled Worker: 

This category is for individuals who have a guaranteed offer of employment from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, and are already working in the province on a valid Work Permit.

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