Updated: July 4th, 2024

Provincial Nominee Program

This well-known immigration program aims to attract foreign workers to different provinces to fill vacancies in various essential industries. Each province and territory has its own streams and requirements, and may target one or more of the following groups:

  • Students
  • Skilled and semi-skilled workers
  • Business professionals

Candidates can enroll in this immigration program in two ways: through the Express Entry program or directly. Regardless of the method chosen, they must meet the requirements set by the Express Entry program (if they are nominated) and the specific province. While the requirements may be similar, provinces often include additional attributes or skills they deem necessary.

The Express Entry immigration programs are Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trade (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). To receive a nomination from one of the provinces or territories participating in the Provinical Nominee Program, you must already qualify for one of the three Express Entry programs.

The participating provinces and territories are often the following:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon


What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.
How many points do I need to get selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it called the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.
How long does it take to move to Canada?
The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.
Are there any goverment fees?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

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