How the Provincial Nominee Program works

Guest post by Mrs. Yetunde Babs-Olurnfemi

Thinking of Migrating to Canada? 

It is the second-largest country in the world by landmass, with a relatively small population compared to its physical size. It is recognized for its outstanding quality of life, a stable, progressive political environment and as one of the countries in the world with one of the healthiest economies in the world. As a country, it has three territories and ten provinces.  

 Historically, Canada has also welcomed thousands of people who desire to live and contribute to the economic well-being, which has been achieved through various programs. For those looking to migrate and add to economic growth, there are a couple of programs to fit different skilled individuals. However, we will be discussing the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) for today’s blog post.  

It’s for foreign nationals who have the work experience, education and skills needed by a specific province in Canada and would like to reside permanently in Canada. Applications can be made on paper or through the online Express Entry system. Nonetheless, the Express Entry process is the most popular. This system allows eligible individuals to submit a profile, then applicants with high scores, periodically receive invitations to apply for permanent residency. However, each of the provinces and territories operates its unique PNP designed to meet its economic and demographic needs.

Now, there are two ways to apply in the online process.

First Method; 

i) Contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry Stream

ii) Create an Express Entry profile or update your profile (creating a profile is highly crucial for this process). 

iii) Then show that you have been nominated. If nominated, the province will send you an offer electronically.

Second Method

i) Create an Express Entry profile and indicate the provinces and territories you are interested in

ii) If you receive a notification of interest from a province or territory, you contact them directly

iii) Apply to their Express Entry Stream

Biv) If nominated, the province will send you an offer electronically.

Irrespective of the method you decided to use, you must meet the program’s eligibility requirements and minimum criteria for the express entry. Some basic eligibility requirements are age, education, work experience, a job offer. Each province or territory has its streams, specific instructions, and demand. This is to say that requirements may differ based on the province or territory. Hence, i will advise you to visit the website to get more information on the province you intend to apply. I have also added some of the links you might need at the end of the post. 

Upon receiving an invitation to apply, some documents must be submitted with your application for permanent residence. It is essential to get these documents ready before submitting your profile through the Express Entry, as some of these documents take time to get. Some documents include Passport, language test results, Educational Credential Assessment Report, Provincial nomination, and written job offer for those with one, Police certificates, Medical exams and proof of funds. 

I hope this article was able to help you through the PNP process. For more reference, please visit the CIC website.

Links to Province Requirments; 


British Columbia


New Brunswick

New Foundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island



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