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Provincial Nominnation Program

If your skills are considered needed in a province, that could earn you a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Almost all the ten provinces of Canada and its three territories can nominate an individual for admission into Canada with the specific skills which are required by the province/territory, through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

Each province has a different set of program and requirements. It is important to be familiar and open with the different provinces and what they have to offer. Applications are usually a two-step process and usually involve an application to the province/territory first for a nomination.

Successful candidates who receive nomination from a province or territory can then apply for permanent residence through the Canadian federal immigration authorities, also known as the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This is a key component of all provincial programs.

Many provinces also run their own nomination categories under the Canada Express Entry System. The provinces have an increasing role in the selection of economic immigrants through Express Entry and you may qualify for a provincial nominee after submitting your Express Entry Profile.

In some cases, candidates who do not qualify under any of the federal programs may qualify for admission into Canada under the provincial nomination program. Some candidates may also qualify for a temporary work permit in the interim, allowing for early entry to Canada for the applicant and his or her accompanying dependents.


To apply as a provincial nominee, you must:

  • meet the minimum requirements of a province or territory’s non-Express Entry streams
  • be nominated under that stream

Frequently Asked Questions

Become familiar with each province and territories programs.

The very first thing you should do is apply to the PNP in the province or territory where you wish to settle. To qualify, you are required to have the skills, education and work experience you need to settle in Canada, support yourself and your family.

The province or territory will then assess you, to know if you will be able to meet their economic or labour market requirement, and those of Canada. They may further tell you how long it will take to get your application processed.

After your application has been approved by the province or territory, you should then apply for permanent residence within the time period they stipulated. The province or territory will inform you whether you are required to apply through the Express Entry system or through the regular application process.

Why hire AP Lawyers to represent you in the provincial nomination program?

Our experience and dedication will always increase your chances of success. We make your immigration matter, ours. Provincial Nominee Programs are always changing. We make sure to do our research and make sure we are up to date on your matter. We have the Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada’s (“IRCC”) authorization to effectively represent you and we are members in good standing of the Law  Society of Ontario. We strive to customize your immigration matter with our office and ensure we prepare and send out your immigration application as strong as it can be!