Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs
Updated September 16, 2022. Under Canada’s Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs), provinces and territories nominate individuals for Canada PR who want to settle in their province.
Each Canada Provincial Nominee Program has its own unique selection criteria. The selection criteria and occupations vary from province/territory to province/territory.
Importantly, Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, as a result of a nomination you get a whopping 600-point boost to your CRS score. See Tips to boost your CRS Score.
Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence.
Most importantly, to be eligible for PNP nomination candidates need to first create a Canada Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at create an Express Entry profile.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that IRCC will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
PNPs and Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate your for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).
How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply for PR in an Express Entry draw.
For example, Nadih has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in agriculture sciences for five years. Nadih has never worked or studied in Canada. She has the necessary Canada English or French language proficiency.
Nadih’s federal Express Entry pool CRS score is 310. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination through a PNP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.
Consequently, Nadih’s total CRS score jumps to 910 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score that Nadih needs to get an invitation in a federal Express Entry draw.
IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.
Latest Canada PNP Draws Roundup
September 15 draw. Saskatchewan issued 326 Canada immigration invitations targeting 6 skilled trades occupations in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
September 13 BCPNP Draw. British Columbia invited 292 candidates to apply for PR nomination underits BCPNP. Skilled workers and international graduates received 177 invitations. Their minimum scores ranged from 78 to 132 points. Another 27 invitations went to candidates who are Early Childhood Educators and Assistants with minimum score of 60 points.
The draw invited 273 in SINP’s Occupations In-Demand stream, with a minimum score of 60. A further 53 candidates received invitations through SINP’s Express Entry stream, with a minimum score of 60.
September 8 MPNP Draw. Skilled Workers in Manitoba received 217 LAAs, with the lowest ranked candidates scoring 616 points.
International Education Stream candidates received 41 LAAs.
The remaining 20 LAAs went to Skilled Workers Overseas candidates through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative, with a minimum score of 703.
For how to apply for MPNP nomination, go to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
September 7 BCPNP Draw. British Columbia invited more than 369 candidates to apply for PR nomination under the BCPNP. BC typically holds a provincial nomination draw each week. The draw targeted candidates in technology sector.
September 7 OINP Draw. Ontario issued 1,521 invitations in a new draw under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The September 7 draw targeted the Ontario Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream.
Candidates were required to have submitted Express Entry profiles into the federal Express Entry pool within the 12 months preceding the draw date to qualify.
September 7 SINP Draw. Saskatchewan issued 760 Canada immigration invitations in Express Entry and Occupations-In-Demand categories of its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The draw saw 218 Occupations In-Demand invitations issued and 159 through Express Entry, both with a minimum score of 69.
September 1 SINP Draw. Saskatchewan invited a total of 941 candidates from Express Entry and Occupations-In-Demand categories of its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The minimum Expression of Interest score in both categories was 61. All successful candidates had Educational Credential Assessments (ECA).
August 30 OINP Draw. Ontario invited 680 candidates through the Masters Graduate Stream and 101 candidates through the PhD Graduate Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Candidates in the Masters Graduate Stream had scores of 37 and above, while PhD Graduate Stream candidates had minimum scores of 26 and above.
August 30 BCPNP Draw. British Columbia invited more than 254 candidates to apply for PR nomination under the BCPNP. BC typically holds a provincial nomination draw each week. The draw targeted candidates in technology who received 207 nominations. The minimum BCPNP score ranged between ranged between 95 for Skilled Workers with Express Entry to 60 for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates.
August 26 MPNP Draw. Manitoba issued 353 invitations to apply to Canada immigration candidates under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Skilled Workers in Manitoba received 259 LAAs with minimum 619 MPNP points. International Education Stream candidates received 36 LAAs. The remaining 58 LAAs went to Skilled Workers Overseas candidates through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative, with a minimum score of 708.
The province of Saskatchewan held two recent draws under its PNP. First, on August 18, 668 candidates received invitation with minimum SINP score of 67. Then on August 25 SINP invited another 629 with minimum scores of 65.
August 23 BCPNP Draw. British Columbia invited more than 210 candidates to apply for PR nomination under the BCPNP. BC typically holds a provincial nomination draw each week. The latest draw targeted candidates in technology, teaching and health occupations. The minimum BCPNP score ranged between 106 for Skilled Workers with Express Entry to 75 for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates.
August 18 PIE PNP Draw
The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) invited a total of 121 immigration candidates on August 18. PEI holds about one draw per month and releases its schedule for the year in advance.
August Draw. Quebec invited 58 candidates to apply for a permanent selection under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP). Candidates must have an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile in Quebec’s online immigration registration portal, Arrima.
August 17, 2020 PNP Roundup
OINP latest draw – Ontario Immigration Nominee Program
Canada’s largest province, Ontario, held its under the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) under the Entrepreneur Stream on August 16. The province issued invitations to apply to 30 candidates with scores that ranged between 138 and 160. This is the first draw in the Entrepreneur stream since 2021.
Successful candidates must attend a mandatory interview and sign a performance agreement.
If they are successful, they will get a temporary work permit to move to Canada. And then 20 months upon arrival they must implement a business plan and submit a final review for PR eligibility.
To be eligible for OINP Entrepreneur Stream, candidates must meet specific criteria such as:
- have business experience of 24 months in the last 60 months
- control at least one-third of the equity in the business.
- be actively involved in the management of the business
- main purpose of investing must be to make profit
- create at least two permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents, if the business will be in Greater Toronto Area (GTA,) OR one permanent full-time job if the business will be outside the GTA.
BC PNP latest draws (British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program)
BC PNP invited more than 223 candidates in the BC PNP draw that occurred on August 16. British Columbia typically holds a provincial nomination draw each week on Wednesdays.
This week the province invited 177 candidates in regional draws from targeted categories, including tech occupations. The goal is to fill BC’s labour force gaps in specific areas where there is a shortage of skilled workers.
The minimum BC PNP immigration score ranged between 132 for Skilled Workers with Express Entry to 78 for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled.
MPNP latest draws (Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program)
Manitoba held a PNP draw on August 11 and issued 345 invitations through the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program.
Successful candidates were from three MPNP immigration streams:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 257 invitations with a minimum score of 623;
- Skilled Workers Overseas — 33 invitations with a minimum score of 718; and
- International Education Stream — 55 invitations with no score requirement.
Out of the successful candidates, 86 had profiles in the Express Entry system.
SINP latest draws (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program)
On August 11, Canada’s province of Saskatchewan invited a total of 745 candidates from Express Entry and Occupations-In-Demand categories through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
The province invited 433 candidates from the Express Entry category and 312 from the Occupations-In-Demand category. The minimum SINP immigration score in both categories was 68.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.