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Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada as of 2nd August 2018

New! Alberta has created the Alberta Opportunity Stream; Saskatchewan has replaced the first-come, first selected basis for applicants meeting the occupations in demand requirements - and more. See the updates as of August 2, 2018.

Crispin Aranda, Jennifer ArandaOriginally posted on August 1, 2018; updated December 6, 2016

Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada as of 2nd August 2018

Which province needs you fast and wants you to stay?

Traditionally, an applicant for permanent residency who gets nominated by a province must stay in that province for two years before he or she could move to another Canadian province.  The reason is simple and logical.  A province nominates an applicant and as a quid pro quo, the applicant commits to spend his or her first two years in Canada in the nominating province.

And while each province gets an annual allocation from the federal government by way of immigration agreements, the number does not usually add up - sometimes less than expected - because a few provinces are choice destinations for the professional and skilled worker.

Hence, the 2015-initiated Express Entry gives Provinces and applicants added incentive to select where to work and live permanently.  As a result, provinces have come up with innovative and province-specific initiatives intended to attract applicants who otherwise would still gravitate towards Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia or Manitoba.

Alberta immigrant Nomination Program - AINP

AINP Streams and Categories Accepting Applications are:

  • Strategic Recruitment Stream
  • Employer-Driven Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream -  with the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta.

Strategic Recruitment Stream

  1. Compulsory and Optional Trades CategorTemporary foreign worker who has a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). 
  2. Engineering Occupations Category- Temporary foreign worker with Alberta work experience in an eligible engineering occupation. 
  3. Post-Graduate Worker Category- Applicant with a Post-Graduation Work Permit; currently working in Alberta, and has graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta. Changes were made to this category on September 27, 2013. 

Employer-Driven Stream

  1. Skilled Worker Category – has an offer of  a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible skilled occupation. 
  2. International Graduate Category – Recent graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, has a Post-Graduation Work Permit, andhas been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation. 
  3. Semi-Skilled Worker Category  Has an offer a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation, and  is a temporary foreign worker.

Only select key industries and occupations are eligible in this category,and all candidates must meet minimum language standards. 

British Columbia 

British Columbia has the BC PNP which includes the Skills Immigration, BC Express Entry and the BC PNP TechPilot program.

The BC Express Entry programin various categories, below:

BC Express Entry

EEBC — Skilled Worker– must have received an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code from the IRCC Express Entry system; needs a job offer; 2-yr. work experience minimum; must have legal status if in Canada or be eligible for legal status if applying outside Canada; and meet minimum language requirements,. Submit BC PNP application online.

EEBC — Healthcare Professional- must have the support of, or a full-time, indeterminate job offer (a permanent job, or one with no set end date) from a public health authority as 

  • physician
  • specialist
  • registered nurse
  • registered psychiatric nurse
  • nurse practitioner   

Allied health professional such as a:

  • diagnostic medical sonographer
  • clinical pharmacist
  • medical laboratory technologist
  • medical radiation technologist
  • occupational therapist
  • physiotherapist

EEBC — International Graduate-have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada in the past three years.

EEBC — International Post-Graduatehave completed a valid graduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary institution in B.C. in the last three years. with a master's or doctorate (PhD) degree in the natural, applied or health sciences in the following fields:

  • agriculture
  • biological and biomedical sciences
  • computer and information sciences and support services
  • engineering
  • engineering technology
  • health professions and related clinical sciences
  • mathematics and statistics
  • natural resources conservation and 
  • research
  • physical sciences

Skills Immigration

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. The process involves registering and applying online for the BC PNP and a paper application process for permanent residency.

You may not need prior work experience for some categories. Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered.

Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system, and is an entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BC PNP and permanent residency process.

You do not require B.C. work experience. However, you must have relevant work experience as well as meet other requirements such as education and language.

Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for high net worth business people who can invest in and actively manage a valid business in B.C. It is a points-based system. Applicants must also have the required personal and investment funds.

We also have an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees.

BC PNP Tech Pilot

BC PNP Staff links IT-Tech registrants in 32 key technology occupations with BC Employers towards providing a permanent immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot features:

  • A dedicated concierge serviceso tech employers understand the immigration process with timely and relevant information about the application process
  • Weekly invitations for tech registrantsto apply so employers have timely access to qualified individuals in the 32 key technology occupations
  • Priority processing to meet the sector’s fast-paceddemands so if you are working in the technology sector and you submit a complete application to the BC PNP, your file will be assigned the next business day to our dedicated technology sector-focused team
  • Focused outreach and engagement with the technology sector and industrypartners with tailored presentations, networking opportunities and one-on-one employer support  

Weekly invitations

The BC PNP issues weekly invitations to qualified registrants in any category who have valid job offers in the 32 key technology occupations. Registration is free.

The 2016 TechTalent BC Report identifies the 32 in-demand occupations, and qualified individuals in only those 32 occupations will be invited to apply on a weekly basis. These occupations are identified by their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

To improve Manitoba’s competitiveness for global skills, the province has revamped its nomination program now called MPNP Renewal. However, “the current MPNP criteria for Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba remains in effect for Expressions of Interest and applications received before the effective dates below.”

The MPNP will be reorganized around four new or revised application streams:

  • International Education Stream (IES)
  • Business Investor Stream (BIS)
  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM)
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO)

Each stream will include more flexible pathways to ensure that all provincial nominees are able to meet clearly defined labour market and economic needs in Manitoba. These priorities will be clearly communicated to potential MPNP applicants through a regularly updated In-Demand Occupations list.

At the same time, “MPNP will continue to support Manitoba’s francophone immigration strategy by providing priority for francophone applicants who meet the required criteria in one or more of the four streams.”

Existing Candidates and Applicants

Candidates with valid Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles will be assessed under the criteria in effect on the draw date.Applicants will have their MPNP application assessed under the criteria valid on the date their EOI profile was drawn.

Candidates will receive information on how technical changes to the MPNP Online application system will affect their EOI profiles before changes are made.

Updates – MPNP Renewal Timeline




In-Demand Occupations list used to prioritize Expressions of Interest (EOI) for inviting applications from the Skilled Worker Overseas stream



“PNP-B” replaced by new Business Investor Stream



New Skilled Worker Overseas Stream – Manitoba Express Entry Pathway criteria in effect

January 2018


Skilled Worker Overseas Stream – Manitoba Express Entry Pathway EOI draw

January 2018


Renewed Business Investor Stream (BIS) criteria in effect

Q1 2018*


New International Education Stream (IES) criteria in effect

November 2018*


Technical changes to MPNP Online application system

November 2018*


Renewed Skilled Worker Overseas Stream criteria in effect

November 2018*


Renewed Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream criteria in effect

November 2018*


* Effective dates are dependent on updates to the MPNP Online application system and are subject to change

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

(Updates from the NBPNP website and is being shared as public service at no cost)

UPDATEEffective February 16, 2018, the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Skilled Worker with Family Support stream will be closed. All applications postmarked on or before that date will continue to be processed. Any applications received by our office postmarked after that date will be returned to the applicant.

NBPNP is a provincial immigration program made possible through an agreement with the 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. 

Like many other Canadian provinces and territories, New Brunswick has its own immigration program streams, targeting certain groups, and eligibility criteria. Some streams target entrepreneurs, graduates, skilled workers with employer support, skilled workers with family support, etc. Eligibility criteria vary and can be found in  Program guides along with application forms.

Current programs 

  • Express Entry Applicants – directly with NBPNP or from candidates in the pool selected by New Brunswick.
  • Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Skilled Worker Applicants with Employer Support
  • Skilled Worker Applicants with Family Support

The Express Entry New Brunswick Labour Market Stream is new to the NBPNP. Potential applicants are asked to complete an expression of interest and submit it to the NBPNP. Details are provided on the NBPNP Express Entry page. \

French proficient applicants preferred

Please note that New Brunswick is only accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the PNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream from individuals currently employed in New Brunswick and from potential applicants who demonstrate French as a first language, proven by a Test d’évaluation de français (TEF), and with experience in the occupations below:

  • Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  • Computer network technician (2281)
  • Software engineers and designers (2173)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  • Cooks (6322)
  • Restaurant and food service managers (0631)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (1311)
  • Managers in health care (0311)
  • Retail sales supervisors (6211)


Fee increase. As of May 1, 2016, application fees for the Skilled Worker and Express Entry Skilled Worker categories will increase to $250 CAD per application. Please note this fee is non-refundable. 

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is an “alternate and quicker entry into Canada. It allows Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate applicants who qualify under provincially established criteria for Permanent Resident Status.”

NLPNP Categories

  • Express Entry Skilled Worker- This category is for skilled individuals who have been accepted into Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry pool and who have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador. 
  • Skilled Worker- This category is for individuals who have a guaranteed offer of employment from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, or are already working in the province on a valid Work Permit. 
  • International Graduate– This category is for recent graduates who have a Post-Graduate Work Permit and a job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. 

NEW: NLPNP International Graduate Program: Changes to Field of Study Requirements from Memorial University (MUN) and the College of the North Atlantic (CNA).

Applicants to the NLPNP International Graduate category are permitted to be employed in a position that is unrelated to their field of study at the time of application. 

Provincial Government Announces Pilot Employment Programs for International Students

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced more than $392,000 in funding through the Labour Market Partnerships Program to support two pilot employment programs for international students and graduates.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) 442 allocation for NLPNP

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), launched in March 2017, is a three–year employer driven immigration program aimed at addressing skill gaps and labour market needs in Atlantic Canada. The Newfoundland and Labrador Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) is authorized by the Federal Government through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to annually approve up to 442 endorsement applications for permanent residency.


National Occupation Classification (NOC)

Target 2017

Target 2018

Target 2019

  • Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program (AISP)

0, A, B and C 

Up to 442

Up to 442

Up to 442

  • Atlantic High-skilled Program (AHSP)

0, A and B

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program 

0, A, B and C

  • Total


For more information on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, please visit http://www.nlimmigration.ca.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is authorized by the Federal Government through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to issue up to 1,050 certificates of nomination for the calendar year. The NLPNP will use the 1,050 nomination quota to issue certificates as follows:

NLPNP Stream

National Occupation Classification (NOC)

2016 Target

  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate

0, A, B, C and D

Up to 500 nominations

  • Express Entry Skilled Worker

0, A and B

Up to 550 nominations




Northwest Territories (NWT)

Express Entry applicants in the pool, Entrepreneurs and those with job offers are welcome.

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program is delivered in partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The Nominee Program is designed to help employers in the Northwest Territories secure the workforce they need for their businesses. If an employer cannot find a candidate locally or nationally for a position, the next option is to find foreign nationals with the skills and experience for the job. If you are already working in the Northwest Territories, ask your employer about the Nominee Program and the different opportunities to help you become a permanent resident.

Reasons to consider NWT:To begin with, there are excellent employment prospects. The Northwest Territories boasts the highest median household income in Canada, and its capital, Yellowknife, boasts the highest rate of employment in the country. The Northwest Territories welcomed 111 permanent residents to the territory in 2014.The Northwest Territories is a place where newcomers can expect to receive a friendly welcome while continuing to embrace their own traditions and practices. As a result there are many thriving cultural communities here.

Nova Scotia Nomination Program- NSNP streams

Physician - open to general practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) and specialist physicians (NOC 3111) with signed approved opportunities with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.

Entrepreneur- be 21 years of age or older; want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business; have a net worth of at least $600,000 CAD; be able to invest at least $150,000 CAD of your own money to establish a business in Nova Scotia; have at least 3 years’ experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) OR more than 5 years’ experience in a senior business management role.

International Graduate Entrepreneur- have at least one year’s continuous experience actively managing and owning your current Nova Scotia business (100% ownership minimum);

have completed a degree or diploma after at least 2 academic years of full-time, in-person study at a university in Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Community College; have a valid post-graduation work permit; have a score of at least 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French;

Skilled Worker– 21 to 55 years old; 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 workers must already have six months’ experience with the employer;have a high school  

have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job; prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 5; show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express EntryCategory A(for applicants with a job offer) emains open.

Category B(for applicants with experience in an opportunity occupation, target occupations in demand in Nova Scotia) is expected to open and close throughout the year. Category B now closed.N

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry: applicants must:

  • have at least 1 year of work experience in Nova Scotia;
  • be 21 to 55 years old; with a Canadian high school credential or equivalent; prove language ability in English or French on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). You need CLB 7 for skilled work in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0 and A. You need CLB 5 for NOC B positions; have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system

3 Month Processing. The application process depends on the stream you qualify for. The guide for each stream outlines the process in detail. The processing time for eligible applications can be three (3) months or more.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

With Employer Job Offer

  • Foreign Worker Stream- Has two cumulative years of work experience in the same NOC occupation as the one in your job offer in the last five years immediately preceding the date of application submission; With the relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario for a regulated occupation; Hads legal status in Canada (i.e., study permit, work permit, visitor record) if currently residing in Canada. Not required if you are residing outside of Canada.
  • International Student Stream- Completed a degree or diploma from an eligible Canadian institution that takes at least two years to complete if pursued on a full-time basis; or a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible Canadian institution that takes at least one year to complete if pursued on a full-time basis and that requires the completion of a degree as a prerequisite.  At least half of your studies on a full-time basis while lawfully residing and studying in Canada.Apply within two years from the date on which you completed all degree, diploma or certificate requirements. 
  • In-Demand Skills Stream-hasa full-time job offer of an indeterminate duration in an eligible occupation in the agricultural or construction sectors (see list of eligible occupations below) NOC Skill Level C or D, and meets the median wage levels in Ontario for that occupation and region. 
  1. NOC 7441 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
  2. NOC 7521 – Heavy equipment operators (except crane);
  3. NOC 8431 – General farm workers;
  4. NOC 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers;
  5. NOC 8611 – Harvesting labourers;
  6. NOC 7611 – Construction trades helpers and labourers;
  7. NOC 9462 – Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related worker

Human Capital

  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream

Ontario Express Entry

  • Human Capital Priorities Stream– must have 400 minimum points as a candidate in the IRCC Express Entry pool and received invitation from OINP.
  • French-speaking Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Trades Stream -minimum of one year of full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience in Ontario within two years from the date of Notification of Interest from Ontario. Work experience must be in a skilled trade occupation listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.


  • Corporate- Corporation must make a minimum investment of $5 million to expand into Ontario or purchase an existing business in the province.
  • Entrepreneur -At least three years of full-time business experience in the last five years as a business owner OR as a senior manager (business management).Net Worth- If proposed business will be located within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA – includes the City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) minimum net worth of $1,500,000 CDN. If located outside of the GTA, $800,000 CDN minimum net worth. If your proposed business will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector (regardless of your proposed business location), minimum net worth of $800,000 CDN is required.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) PNP 

Express Entry

Candidates who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool and are interested in living and working in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) may apply to the PEI Express Entry category.\

Eligibility requirements

Candidates for this category must be eligible for one of the following federal economic immigration classes managed through the Express Entry system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Skilled Worker (21-59 age range) outside Canadawith a full-time long-term (2 years minimum) job offer; with 2-year work experience in the past 5 years.

Skilled Worker (21-59 age range) currently employed in PEI 

PEI Critical Worker stream– has a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of  two years) job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level C or D(link is external) in one of the following occupations:truck driver, customer service representative, labourer, food and beverage server, or housekeeping attendant; worked a minimum of six months full-time for the PEI employer and has a valid work permit and legal status in Canada;

International Graduates– between age 21 to 59; has a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of  two years) job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level  0, A, or B (link is external); worked a minimum of six months for the PEI employer in a position that is directly related to post-secondary education received in PEI; has a valid post-graduate work permit and legal status in Canada; successfully completed a post-secondary degree or diploma (minimum  two year program) from a publicly-funded PEI post-secondary institution.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

Since announcing its new Expression of Interest system, the Government of Saskatchewan has announced the dates for the first two draws from its new Expression of Interest pool for September 19 and November 21, 2018.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) system was introduced July to ensure the best selection from candidates in Saskatchewan's  Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories.  In the past, the cap or quota for the occupations in demand get filled within hours. The Express Entry now selects the highest ranking candidates instead of the prior first-come, first selected basis.

Foreign nationals interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan through these popular International Skilled Worker sub-categories are required to register in the SINP’s online application system, OASIS, and complete an EOI profile.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination certificate from the province are awarded 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

These additional points effectively guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence at a later draw from the federal Express Entry pool.

SINP categories 

  • International Skilled Worker (ISW) Category is for skilled workers abroad who want to work and live in Saskatchewan.  ISW with employment offer; ISW  Occupation in-demand (closed as of May 22, 2018)  ISW through Saskatchewan Express Entry (also closed as of May 22, 2018).
  • Saskatchewan Experience Categoryis for foreign nationals who are currently living and working in Saskatchewan.
  • Entrepreneur Category is for entrepreneurs who plan to start a business in Saskatchewan – scheduled to conduct EOI pool selections on July 18, 2018 and October 17, 2018.
  • Farm Categoryis for experienced farmers who plan to buy and operate a farm in Saskatchewan: Net worth of $500,000 (CAD). Refundable $75,000 (CAD) Cash Deposit in trust.  Requires mandatory visit to Saskatchewan: Comprehensive exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for no less than five working days. You must meet with an SINP representative on your visit. Farm operation knowledge and experience: and submit a practical, well-thought-out proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity. \

SINP In-Demand Occupation List- forecasted to be in-demand in Saskatchewan over the next five years. ISWs whose occupation is on the list stands better chance of getting job offers either through the Express Entry (Federal) or SINP. (Check the list through this link - http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/applicants-international-skilled-workers/sinp-in-demand-occupation-list

Yukon Territory

  • The Skilled Worker Program  is for qualified workers who fit into National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B categories. Skilled Worker Level O or A requires 6.0 scores in each of the IELTS components.  Skill Level B worker – IELTS 5.0 score.
  • Express Entry is for skilled workerswho fit into National Occupational Classification (NOC) A, 0 and B.
  • The Critical Impact Worker Program- Proof of continuous advertising must be submitted with your application for all three forms of advertising. 
  • The Business Nominee Programis for individuals with proven business skills who want to own and operate businesses in Yukon. Minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD; $300,000 (CAD) in liquid assets and must demonstrate to expend $300,000 CAD minimum, for the business iln the first two years.  Needs 65 points in YBNP assessment grid; 3 years experience minimum in entrepreneurial or business and minimum 5 years relevant work experience.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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