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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)


Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)


According to the Canadian Constitution, the administration of the nation’s immigration policy is divided between the central government and each province and territory.


Due to this, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) enables Canadian provinces and territories to designate people who want to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in relocating to a specific province. Quebec and the territory of Nunavut in Northern Canada are the only outliers. Instead, Quebec has the power to create its own criteria for deciding who can immigrate for economic immigration.


The PNP’s primary goal is to disperse the advantages of immigration across Canada. Most immigrants to Canada resided in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia prior to the PNP’s 1998 launch. The Prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) have had greater success luring immigrants since 1998, thanks in large part to the PNP. As a result, there has been a wider distribution of immigration across Canada since 1998.



The federal Express Entry immigration selection method is compatible with at least one immigration stream in each PNP. “Enhanced nominations” are provincial nominations given through these Express Entry-aligned streams. The advantages of enhanced PNP streams are that they give Express Entry applicants an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, effectively ensuring that they will get an offer to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry. Another significant advantage is that the federal government will handle their application for permanent residence more quickly—generally within six months. A “base” route is the alternative method of obtaining permanent residency through the PNP. Here, you register for the PNP stream directly, and the federal government will handle processing your application for permanent residence once you receive a provincial nomination.



The various programs under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are given below.

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British Columbia

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Nova Scotia

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