Canada Immigration Forum

Provincial Nomination Program Guidelines

Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP programs) are another option to immigrate to Canada if you do not have enough points to be selected under Express Entry or not eligible for any other immigration category.  PNP allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.




​Each Canadian province (except Quebec, which has a different selection system) and two territories have their own unique PNPs. ​Provinces with PNP programs each have their own selection criteria to find immigrants with skills that the province needs which they cannot hire locally. The selection criteria and occupations vary across provinces from information technology, medical, agriculture, trades, business, investors, and people who have ties to Canada.

​How does the program work?

Candidates must first be entered into the Express Entry System with their CRS score (calculate here), then apply to a PNP program (which is a separate application). You will remain in the Express Entry pool for a year, or until you are selected to apply for Permanent Residence.

​After the province processes your PNP application (typically 3-4 months), you will be granted 600 points to add to your Express Entry score. With these additional 600 points, you will be selected and invited to apply for PR at the very next draw, which occurs every 2 weeks.

​Benefits of applying under PNP program

Once a Provincial Nominee Certificate is granted, you receive 600 point that goes towards your Express Entry score. On average, individuals without a PNP certificate will score between 300 and 500. The most recent cutoff scores to be selected for Express Entry have been in the 400 - 500 range. Individuals with a PNP Certificate automatically are granted 600 points to add to their Express Entry core of 300-500 points. The PNP certificate would give a final Express Entry score above 900 which is significantly higher than the current cutoff selection score of around 400-500 points.

​Available PNP Programs

Manitoba PNP

​If you have a close relative living in the Manitoba province, you may be eligible to apply to this PNP program for having a "connection to Manitoba". They will need to assess you to determine if you are a strong candidate, as this PNP has their own scoring and selection system similar to Express Entry. Currently, you would need a score above 530 to be a strong candidate.

​New Brunswick PNP

​If you have a close relative living in New Brunswick province, you may be eligible to apply for this PNP.  If you have a brother or sister, aunt or uncle, nephew or niece, first cousin, mother or father, grandmother or grandfather living in one of these provinces, you may be eligible to apply for a PNP.

​Occupation based PNP

​Each province in Canada is looking for candidates with skilled job experience to fill labour shortages in their province. The list of occupations vary from province to province, depending on their needs. If you are granted a PNP nomination, you most likely will be able to find a job since you are granted a PNP for a job category where their is a shortage of your skill set.

​If you have job experience in one of the fields listed below and you are interested in applying for Permanent Residence in Canada, you can consider using a PNP program.

Administrative Assistants

Aerospace

Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors

Advertising and Marketing

Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

​Agriculture

Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

Managers in agriculture

​Engineers

Civil Engineers

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Drafting Technologists and Technicians

Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

​Finance and Accounting

Accounting and related clerks

Financial Auditors and Accountants

Financial and Investment Analysts

Financial Sales Representatives

Other Financial Officers

Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

​​Information Technology

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers

Computer Network Technician

Information Systems Analysts and Consultants

Health information management occupations

User Support Technicians

​Law

Paralegal and related occupations

​Medicine and Health

Biological technologists and technicians

Health information management occupations

Licensed Practical Nurses




Registered Nurses

​Teacher

College and other vocational instructor

​Trades

Appliance servicers and repairers

Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

Gas fitters

​Miscellaneous

Facility operation and maintenance managers

Geoscientists and Oceanographers

Managers in social, community and correctional services

Social and community service workers

Property administrators

Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

Technical occupations in geomantic and meteorology

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