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    How the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) works

    This program is for workers who:

    • have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
    • want to live in that province, and
    • want to become permanent residentsof Canada

    Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:

    • students
    • business people
    • skilled workers
    • semi-skilled workers

    Understand the application options

    How you will apply depends on which Provincial Nominee Program stream you’re applying to. You might need to apply using the paper-based process, or by the online process through Express Entry.

    As part of the process, you will have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). Everyone must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

    Paper-based process

    In the paper-based process:

    • You apply to the province or territory for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream.
    • You need to meet the eligibility requirements of the province that nominates you.
    • Once you have been nominated, you submit a paper application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
    • You have to pass a medical examand get a police check (certificate). Everyone must have these checks, no matter where you plan to live in Canada.
    • Application processing times are longer than through Express Entry.

    How to apply through the paper-based process

    Express Entry process

    In the online Express Entry process, there are 2 ways to apply:

    • You contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream.
    • If the province or territory agrees to nominate you, you create an Express Entry profile (or update your profile if you already have one) and show you have been nominated.


    • You create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you’re interested in.
    • If a province or territory sends you a “notification of interest” to your account, you contact them directly.
    • You apply to their Express Entry stream:
      • If you’re nominated, the province will offer it to you through your account, and you accept it electronically.

    In both cases:

    • You must meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory. And,
    • You must submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry, including being eligible for one of the immigration programsit covers.
    • If you are invited to apply, you submit an electronic application to IRCC.

    Choose a province or territory

    To be nominated by a province or territory, you must follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly:

    The criteria by province and territory vary and can change without notice.


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