Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Canadian government made an agreement with local provinces in which they can nominate immigrants who wish to live, settle, and work in that particular province or essentially, immigrate to Canada. In order to receive a visa through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), the candidate is required to choose a province they wish to live in and subsequently apply for a nomination. 

The province will then consider the application based on its immigration and labor needs, while also assessing your genuine intention to settle in the province. For most provinces, Canadian immigration is an important part of not only boosting local economies and development in key sectors but also supporting an aging population.

What is a Provincial Nominee Program?

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that allow accelerated immigration processing according to provincial needs have been set up in most provinces in Canada. There are basically two types of PNP programs.

The first type is the skilled worker PNP. This program will allow expedited processing for skilled workers that have a job offer from a local provincial business in an occupation or business sector that meets local provincial needs. The following may also be requirements for some PNP streams:

The second type of program is a business immigration program. Most business immigration PNPs allow expedited immigration processing if the applicant does some variation of one of the following in the province:

How Does the Provincial Nominee Program Work?

When applying for permanent residence through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) under the Canadian immigration system, there are is an option available to choose from: 


Express Entry Application Process

Taking the Express Entry-linked route has two pathways:

The benefits here are faster processing, averaging at about six to eight months, as well as having a higher chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. 

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta’s provincial immigration program consists of three streams: The Alberta Opportunity Stream, the Alberta Express Entry Stream, and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. The province issues provincial nominations to foreign nationals who meet program-specific criteria and demonstrate an intention to reside in the prairie province.


British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The BC PNP consists of the Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration Streams. These streams are divided into categories that target skilled workers, international graduates and other professionals with skills, experience and qualifications needed in B.C.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba’s provincial immigration program is comprised of streams designed to nominate skilled workers and their families who wish to work and live in the province permanently. The MPNP is currently undergoing renewal. 


New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

The NBPNP is New Brunswick’s provincial immigration program with streams targeting entrepreneurs, international graduates, skilled workers with employer support and skilled workers in the federal government’s Express Entry selection system

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

The NLPNP accepts immigration applications from skilled workers, international graduates and entrepreneurs who meet program-specific criteria such as a job or job offer, intent to reside, and the ability to become economically established in the province. 


Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s program for the nomination of eligible skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs and professionals looking to settle permanently in the province. The program has various economic immigration streams with not one, but three streams aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Through the OINP, Ontario nominates foreign workers, international students, business owners or entrepreneurs who have the skills, experience, education and intent to settle in the province as permanent residents.

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Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

The PEI PNP is the island province’s economic immigration program for skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs who demonstrate the intention to live and work in PEI, and show the ability to become economically established in the province. 

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

The Northwest Territories accepts economic immigration applications to settle in Northern Canada under two main streams – the Employer Driven and Business – one of which has three distinct streams, including an Express Entry-aligned stream for skilled workers.


Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The SINP is Saskatchewan’s dedicated immigration program for the selection and nomination of eligible foreign nationals through various pathways, including its leading International Skilled Worker: Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand categories.

Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) Process

For Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) selection of candidates in the expression of Interest model the applicant can resort to two ways –  Saskatchewan Express Entry Category or Saskatchewan Occupation-in-demand category. In the Express Entry linked stream, the applicant needs to fill the choice of the province as Saskatchewan in Express Entry profile and for Saskatchewan Occupation in-demand list, it is good to have skills and work experiences in the NOC category shortlisted. After achieving the minimum score of 60 in the assessment grid the applicant will receive the ITA from the province and will be allotted 600 points in the Express entry profile for the provincial nomination.

Saskatchewan Occupation In-demand List

Based on the labor market needs of the province, Saskatchewan issues a Saskatchewan occupation list. This list is subject to change without any prior notice, and the documentation process also accordingly undergoes a transformation.

The invigorating demand for a massive number of workers in almost all the spheres is the impending demand of the Canadian Government. The two-years immigration plan, 2020 – 2021, which has a target of 3,60,000 new permanent residency immigration in Canada, out of which a maximum number of immigrations are expected to be economic immigrations. Saskatchewan, in 2020, has been a very active province in terms of draws and the number of invitations being sent out to skilled foreign workers.

With the latest revision carried out of 18th September. The Saskatchewan occupation in demand has massively undergone a change. Earlier there 19 eligible occupations in Saskatchewan now, there is a list of 129 excluded occupations issued by the province. The SINP excluded list thwarts the applicants from applying in occupation in-demand and Express entry program subcategories.

However, few occupations which have been active and there have been invitation issued in by Saskatchewan in those provinces are –

Most Invited/in-Demand Occupation in Saskatchewan, 2020-2021

  • Human resource professionals (NOC 0112)
  • Information system analyst and consultants (NOC 2171)
  • Database analyst and data administrators(NOC 2172)
  • Drafting technologists and technicians (NOC 2253)
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315)
  • Financial managers (NOC 0111)
  • Other administrative service managers (NOC 0114)
  • Banking credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122)
  • Agriculture managers (NOC 0821)
  • Other Financial Officers (NOC 1114)
  • Administrative Officers (NOC 1221)
  • Administrative Assistants (NOC 1221)
  • Accounting Technicians and book keepers (NOC 1311)
  • Computer programmers and Interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Architecture Technologists and technicians (NOC 2251)
  • Financial Sales representatives (NOC 6235)
  • Bakers (NOC 6332)
  • Automotive service technicians, Truck and Bus mechanics and Mechanical repairs (NOC 7321)
  • Senior managers- financial Communicators and other business services (NOC 0013)
  • Senior managers – healthcare, education and social community (NOC 0014)
  • Senior managers – Construction, Transportation and production utilities (NOC 0016)
  • Purchasing Managers (NOC 0113)
  • Other administrative service managers (NOC 0114)
  • Insurance, real Estate and financial brokerage mangers (NOC 0121)
  • Advertising marketing and Public relations managers (0124)
  • Web Designers and Developers (NOC 2174)
  • Nurse Aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
  • Home Support workers and related occupations (NOC 4412)

Saskatchewan Points System

Earlier there was a first come first serve basis for immigration to the province which was later replaced by the Expression of Interest (EOI) System as per which the province has its own SINP point calculator in which the candidates should secure 60 points out of 100 to be shortlisted.

FactorsMaximum Points
Age 12
Labor market Connection 30
Education 23
Work experience 15
Language Ability 20
Total points are marked out of 100
Passing Marks 60

Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

Yukon’s official provincial immigration program assists eligible employers in Canada’s northern territory to nominate internationally-trained foreign workers and businesspeople for Canadian permanent residence.


Frequently Asked Questions

Canada is holding Express Entry draws regularly throughout the coronavirus pandemic and is inviting the highest levels of immigrants since Express Entry was launched in 2015.

Canada exceeded its Express Entry invitation target in 2020 due to its steadfast commitment to immigration. Canada needs high levels of skilled workers to build a new life in the country to support a healthy economy and society.

Express Entry immigration is set to grow even further in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

No, you do not need a job offer to be successful under Express Entry. Obtaining a job offer does not guarantee you will succeed, however it will help to increase your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. You can obtain either 50 or 200 additional CRS points if you receive a job offer that is eligible under Express Entry.

An Express Entry profile can be valid for up to one year. Candidates who receive an ITA can expect the Canadian government to process their permanent residence applications within six months. The government begins to measure the processing time when a complete permanent residence application is received. The processing time ends when a final decision is made on the application. If a candidate does not receive an ITA within one year of creating their Express Entry profile, they can simply re-submit their profile if they are still eligible.

Each year, Canada welcomes immigrants through Express Entry from over 100 different countries. There are so many talented people around the globe, and Canada has a diverse economy, Canada welcomes people from a diversity of different countries, skillsets, and occupational backgrounds every year.

The Express Entry CRS cut-off score is dynamic and varies from draw to draw. You should always identify how to maximize your CRS score, irrespective of what it is. This means ensuring you claim all the points you are eligible for based on your education, work experience, language skills, and other CRS criteria. If you believe your current CRS score is too low, identify what steps you can take to improve it, such as by retaking your language test, obtaining more work experience and/or education, as well as obtaining a provincial nomination or a job offer that is valid under Express Entry.

You do not need to hire a lawyer to go through the Express Entry process but it can be beneficial for you to do so. An experienced, professional, and trustworthy Canadian immigration lawyer can maximize your chances of succeeding under Express Entry for a modest legal fee.

Yes. Under Express Entry, you can include your wife, husband, or common-law partner. In addition, you can include your dependent children, your spouse or common-law partner's dependent children, and the dependent children of dependent children. If you are successful under Express Entry, your accompanying family members will also receive permanent residence.

Yes. A 2020 studycompleted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) finds that Express Entry immigrants are very successful in Canada's job market since they have the human capital characteristics that are desired by Canada's employers. The study finds that Express Entry immigrants tend to earn higher salaries than the average Canadian worker and have high rates of employment and low rates of unemployment.

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