The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is one of the means that skilled workers can use to immigrate to Canada and receive permanent resident status.
PNP’s main objective is to attract skilled workers to strengthen provincial and territorial economies and extend the benefits of immigration across Canada. The program has successfully attracted skilled workers to provinces with smaller immigration populations, such as the prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and the Atlantic provinces.
PNP allows provinces and territories to nominate individuals who want to immigrate to Canada and are interested in settling in a specific area. There are more than 80 provincial immigration streams designed to attract workers, graduates and entrepreneurs. Each program is designed to address every province’s labour force needs. All provinces except Nunavut and Quebec are part of the PNP.
There are two ways to get permanent resident status through the PNP:
- Base programs: the applicant directly applies to a PNP stream. The province will ensure that the application meets all the eligibility requirements. If all the criteria are met, the province will issue a letter of nomination to the applicant, who can then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence.
- Enhanced programs: this option is aligned with the Express Entry application management system. Applicants eligible for an Express Entry-managed programs such as the Federal Skilled Workers Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program can increase their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply by receiving a provincial nomination. If they meet all the program criteria, they receive a letter of nomination and will automatically gain 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which increases their chances of permanent residency.