Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Provincial nomination is an important fast-track option for Canadian permanent residence.
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) give permission to Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who would be interested in settling in a specific territory or a province.
Every Canadian Province (Except Quebec, which has a different selection system) along with Two Territories have their own unique Provincial Nominee Programs. Participating territories and provinces sign agreements with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allow them to choose immigrants who are able to meet the criteria set forth by them.
Provincial and territorial governments have been using these programs in a more efficient and effective manner to welcome newcomers in their region. Each PNP is tailored to the province’s or territory’s specific needs to choose nominees who will be able to settle in life and work in a particular region and who would have a significant contribution to the community. As of 2015, a majority of the PNP’s contain minimum one immigration stream aligned with the federal Express Entry Immigration Selection System. These are known as ‘enhanced’ nominations.