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Provincial Immigration
Under a shared jurisdiction between Ottawa and the provinces, Canada operates a two-tiered immigration system, offering programs for skilled workers, at both federal and provincial levels.
Through a network of Nominee Programs (PNP), almost all of Canada's ten provinces and three territories can nominate skilled worker candidates for admission to Canada with the specific skills required by their local economies. Successful candidates who receive a provincial or territorial nomination can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through federal immigration authorities. This is an important component of all provincial programs.


Many provinces also run their own categories under the Canada Express Entry System. As a result, the provinces have an increasing role in the selection of economic immigrants.


Alberta Immigration
Alberta is one of Canada's three Prairie provinces, located in Western Canada. It is one of the fastest growing provinces of the country and home to two of the country's major urban centers, Calgary and Edmonton. Alberta's landscape varies from towering mountains to glacial lakes, from vast boreal forests to fertile prairies and desert badlands. The province's natural resource portfolio includes natural gas, oil, coal, minerals and the famous Alberta oil sands, making Alberta Canada's energy province.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is designed for individuals who possess the skills and abilities to fill labor shortages in Alberta.

The AINP accepts skilled worker applications under the Opportunity Alberta stream and under the Express Entry system. It also operates one business program, the Self-employed Farmer stream.

The program is operated by the Alberta government in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process: apply for nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.

IRCC allocates to AINP a limited number of nominations each year.
British Columbia Immigration
British Columbia ImmigrationBritish Columbia is Canada's westernmost province, defined by the Pacific coastline and mountain ranges, and home of Canada's third largest city, Vancouver. The province's economy is diverse and relies on a strong natural resources sector, with a focus on forestry and mining.

British Columbia's culture combines a unique mix of European, Asian, and First Nations influences, and its eight regions each provide dynamic and diverse features.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) aims to accelerate the process for those wishing to obtain Canadian permanent resident status and who intend to settle permanently in British Columbia.

The program is operated by the British Columbia government in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process: apply for nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.

IRCC allocates to BC PNP a limited number of nominations each year.
Manitoba Immigration
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) selects candidates for Manitoba immigration based on the province's specific economic needs.

Those streams are:
  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
  • International Education Stream
  • Business Investor Stream
The program's aim is to be flexible to Manitoba's labour market and broader economic priorities. Those priorities are communicated to candidates via a regularly updated list of In-Demand Occupations.

Manitoba also welcomes exploratory visits from francophone skilled worker immigration candidates, aimed at helping them integrate quickly when they arrive permanently in the province. Find out the requirements for exploratory visits.
New Brunswick Immigration
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program targets qualified candidates who meet specific economic and labour market needs in the province, Under the NBPNP, candidates can qualify through one of four categories:

  • New Brunswick Express Entry Stream.
  • New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream.
  • New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream.
  • New Brunwick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream.

Candidates can also qualify for New Brunswick immigration via the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Newfoundland Immigration
Newfoundland Immigration The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) nominates individuals to the federal government wishing to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

What Are The NLPNP Immigration Categories?
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker Category.
  • Skilled Worker Category.
  • International Graduate Category.
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category.
  • International Entrepreneur Category.
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Northwest Territories and Nunavut Immigration
Foreign nationals wishing to relocate to Northwest Territories may apply under the Northwest Territories Program for provincial nomination.

An application may be submitted under one of the following four categories:
  • Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • Business Stream
At present, Nunavut has no immigrant nominee program.

Ontario Immigration
Ontario ImmigrationOntario is Canada's most populous province, home to the nation's capital, Ottawa, and
its largest city, Toronto. It is Canada's leading manufacturing province and abounds in natural resources.
However, the largest part of its economy is the services sector, which employs 79% of the province and
includes business, financial, professional and technical services, as well as culture and arts.
Ontario's varied landscape ranges from the rocky and mineral-rich Canadian Shield to more than 250,000
lakes which form one-fifth of the world's freshwater reserves. Moreover, about 60% of the province's land
is classified as forested land, representing 2% of the world's forests.
Multiculturalism is highly celebrated in Ontario, Toronto being called the most multicultural city in the
world. Indeed, more than one hundred languages and dialects are spoken here, including several
Algonquian-speaking and Iroquoian-speaking Aboriginal peoples.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) supports employers by facilitating the immigration of
managerial, professional and skilled foreign workers and international students required to meet their
human resources needs.
The province of Ontario operates the OINP in partnership with the federal immigration department,
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage
process: apply for nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated, apply for permanent
residence to the federal government.
Nova Scotia Immigration
Nova Scotia ImmigrationThe Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) targets prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience to boost the province's economy and tackle demographic challenges.

Candidates who meet the criteria of one of nine different streams can be nominated for Nova Scotia immigration, with a target processing time of three months.

The nine streams are:
  1. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  2. Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  3. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: Express Entry
  4. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities For Physicians: Express Entry
  5. Skilled Worker
  6. Physician
  7. Occupations In Demand
  8. Entrepreneur
  9. International Graduate Entrepreneur

Nova Scotia also operates 'Study and Stay', a program specifically aimed at helping international students from China, India and the Philippines stay and build careers in the region after they graduate.

Quebec Immigration Overview
The province of Quebec administers its own immigration programs with selection criteria that are distinct from those of federal and other provincial immigration programs.

The Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MIDI) selects candidates considered most likely to successfully settle in the French-speaking province.
Foreign nationals wishing to settle permanently in Quebec must undergo a two-step immigration process.
1. They must be selected by the Ministère de l'immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), Quebec's immigration authority.
Selected applicants will receive a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ). This is an official document issued by Quebec immigration authorities to attest that the candidate has been selected by the province. It is not a visa, so it cannot be utilized to enter into Canada.

According to the Regulations of August 2nd 2018, a CSQ is valid for 24 months or until a decision has been rendered by the Immigration, Refugees and citizenship Canada (IRCC) with respect to the permanent resident visa application.

2. An approved CSQ holder must file a permanent residence application with IRCC within 24 months since the date the CSQ was issued.
The federal government's role in evaluating a Quebec application for permanent residence is mainly limited to issues of health and criminality.
At this stage, an application will be submitted to IRCC, including police certificates and medical exams, when requested.

What are the programs administered by Quebec?

Currently, candidates who want to settle in Quebec can apply for a CSQ in one of the following categories:
Quebec Skilled Worker Program
The Quebec Skilled Worker Program identifies and selects candidates who are most likely to establish themselves economically in the province of Quebec. These are workers whose skills respond to particular provincial market needs and make it easier for them to find work.
Quebec bases its selection on a grid of factors for which points are awarded, namely education, work experience, language knowledge, age, children, spouse's characteristics and financial autonomy.
Quebec Business Immigration Wealthy individuals may consider any of Quebec's business programs, which are: Investors, Entrepreneurs
and Self-employed.

Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)
Another program is available for those candidates who are already living and working or studying in Quebec called Quebec Experience Program – PEQ. Eligible candidates can apply for a CSQ under an accelerated process. Two streams are available: Quebec Graduate and Temporary Foreign Worker.
Saskatchewan Immigration
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows the province to nominate candidates to the federal government for permanent residence under three main categories:
  • International Skilled Worker
  • Saskatchewan Experience
  • Business Immigration
These categories are divided into several sub-categories for different types of immigration candidate.
Yukon Immigration
Candidates wishing to settle in Yukon and become Canadian permanent residents can apply through four categories:

  1. Yukon Express Entry
  2. Yukon Skilled Worker
  3. Yukon Critical Impact Worker
  4. Yukon Business Nominee Program