Provincial Nominee Programs
The Provincial Nominee Programs provide an accelerated process for skilled and/or experienced workers, experienced business persons, and their family members who want to settle permanently in a particular province of Canada.
If you choose to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and complete its nomination process. Each province selects applicants based on their language skills, education, and work experience, in accordance with the province’s economic and labour needs. Nominees are, then, able to apply for Permanent Residency via the Immigration,
Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) process.
Getting permanent residency through PNP can be easier and faster than through many federal streams.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program BCPNP
If you choose to immigrate to British Columbia as a provincial nominee, the requirements you must meet and the application forms you use vary according to which component of the BC PNP you are applying under: Strategic Occupations or Business Immigrants.
- Express Entry Skilled Workers
Managers, professionals, technologists and technicians, skilled trades
- Express Entry International Graduates
Recent graduates of recognized Canadian post-secondary institutions
- Express Entry International Post-Graduates Pilot Project
Recent BC masters and doctorate graduates in natural, applied, and health sciences
- Express Entry Designated Health Professionals
Registered nurses, midwives, registered psychiatric nurses, and physicians
- Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
Some provinces, such as British Columbia and Alberta, offer nominations to workers under the semi-skilled category. These opportunities include long-haul truck drivers, food counter attendants, guest services attendants, hotel front desk clerks, etc. Requirements and eligibility for each occupation may vary.
Business Immigration Programs
The BC PNP provides an accelerated process for skilled, experienced business persons, and their family members who want to open/purchase a business and settle in the province of BC permanently. The Entrepreneur Immigration category of BCPNP allows nominees to apply for Permanent Resident through IRCC under the two Programs: Base Category and Regional Pilot.
Most provincial programs require a job offer from a Canadian employer located in the province where the candidate will settle.
Programs that do not require a job offer:
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Human Capital Priorities
- Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand
- Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry - Category B and Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
If you already have a job offer from an employer within your preferred province, Cando Canadian Immigration Services can act as your immigration representative to process your nomination and permanent residence application by liaison with your prospective employer to ensure compliance with program requirements.
Other Provinces with provincial programs:
- Prince Edward Island
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- New Brunswick
- Northwest Territories
Contact us to learn about the specific eligibility criteria for each provincial program.