Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a program by the Immigration, Refugees and, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to allow Canadian province and territories to nominate individuals who have indicated an interest in settling in particular provinces or territories and who will contribute to that economic development of the province or territory.
The following Canadian provinces participate in the PNP program.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The Province of Quebec does not participate in this program they have an agreement with the Government of Canada to select individuals who indicate interest to settle down in Quebec.
Provinces and Territories are able to nominate a certain number of candidates from the Express Entry pool, so if you already have an express entry profile then you stand a very good chance of getting nominated by any of these provinces or territories provided that you have shown interest of settling in that particular provinces.
Candidates who are nominated by the provinces get an additional 600 RS points, so automatically you are qualified to get an invitation to apply.
Now, apart from the Express Entry eligibility criteria and requirement, the provinces may add their additional requirements and criteria for you to even qualify.
In order to qualify for a provincial nomination, candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria of that particular province and then receive a certificate from that province.
The second step is for the candidates to apply to the federal government for the permanent resident status after receiving a nomination, and also showing proof of nomination by the province.
We will be discussing the top Four PNP of 2019, their requirement, eligibility criteria, and the process.
Ontario Immigrants Nominees Program (OINP)
In 2019, Ontario allocated 16,900 nominations which is by far the largest in all the nine, provinces and territories.
Ontario is one of the largest provinces and the home to the most popular and populous cities Toronto and the capital city Ottawa.
OINP Express entry stream was the most active in the first half of 2009, with over 3000 notification of interest to the Express Entry candidates.
The Express Entry 3 streams of OINP, includes
- the human capital priorities
- skilled workers and skilled trades
These 3 streams allow the OINP to look for candidates who suit the criteria of this particular province from the Express Entry pool.
Now the good news is, getting a job offer is not a listed requirement for any of these three streams and only the human capital priorities stream requires a minimum CRS score.
In the second half of 2019, Ontario announced another Express Entry draw of candidates from the Express entry with work experience in the technology, programmer, software engineering sectors. Over 1623 Express entry candidate was issued NOI.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
AINP has been one of the most talked-about PNP in the past year.
The reason is not far fetched, AINP looks for the candidate in the Express Entry pool who meets the eligibility criteria of Alberta, and a job offer is not a listed requirement.
Provided that the candidate is working or have relevant work experience in the occupation that supports the economic development of Alberta.
In 2019 AINP held 16 draws and issued a total of 3,816 notification of interest, and the most exciting part of this is that out of the sixteen draws, eight only had a minimum of 302 CRS points.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
NSNP is one of the most innovative nominee programs and it uses three immigration streams from the Express Entry pool system.
In 2019 NSNP used its labor market priority stream to search for candidates from the Express Entry system to find candidates who meet the eligibility criteria of the occupation required.
You don’t need a job offer to qualify for NSNP and sometimes they don’t even require a minimum CRS score as long as you meet the work experience,, and eligibility requirement.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
To qualify for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, candidates must submit an expression of interest, which means the Express Entry profile.
Candidate must express their interest to settle down and work in this province, candidates must create a separate profile and register with the Saskatchewan province.
In the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, scores are awarded based on the unique point grids of the Saskatchewan system and nominees get the invitation to apply for the province.
In order to be eligible, the Express Entry candidate must have work experience, in the occupation listed in demand for that province.
It is interesting to note that the job offer is not a listed requirement to qualify for the SINP.
In 2019 Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program held 8 draws and issued a total of 1166 notification of interest to the Express Entry candidates in the first half of 2019.
Professions such as computer programming and interactive media developers among other professions are some of the in-demand occupations in Saskatchewan.
Now that we are familiar with the top Four PNP, you should actually focus your energies and utilize your time to find more about them rather than going after all the PNP.