Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) – requirements & how to apply

Provincial Nominee Programs

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have become one of the most popular ways of immigrating to Canada for many Filipinos? Would you like to learn more? Read on to find out more!


2020-09-18 Eligible PNP applicants in Canada who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 related reasons will be given until 2021 to find a new job and avoid losing their nominations.

From September 17, 2020 to November 17, 2020, provincial and territory governments can request that paper-based applications be put on hold if applicants lost their jobs due to COVID-19 related reasons.

Only applications received before March 18, 2020 are eligible.

The Government of Canada will place these applications on hold until March 17, 2020 or until a new job offer is received by the PNP applicant.

The applicant must also provide confirmation from the province or territory that their nomination is still being supported.

PNP applicants who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 related reasons should contact the provincial or territorial government who issued their nomination to initiate the process.

Provincial and territorial governments will then request that their application be put on hold by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), who will then contact applicants with instructions for submitting additional requirements.

PNP applicants must remain employed throughout the entire process in order to successfully apply for permanent residency.


One of the most popular questions we get is “Which province is easiest to immigrate in Canada?”. The answer is a little more complicated than you might think.

Each provincial and territorial government in Canada has special arrangements with the federal Government of Canada that allows them to nominate applicants who best fit their needs.

These nominations are made under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

These applicants still have to apply for permanent residency with the Government of Canada, but receiving a nomination from a province or territory gives them bonus points that will, in most cases, make their applications a sure thing.

Each provincial and territorial government has a unique set of criteria for applicants. The minimum requirements for submitting an application under a PNP will depend on an applicant’s qualifications, which usually include educational and work experience, as well as language proficiency. An applicant must also meet the needs of the province or territory’s labour market requirements.

With the exception of Nunavut and Quebec, each province and territory in Canada has their own PNP.

These PNPs are specific to each province and territory, and are intended to provide immigration pathways to applicants who meet the minimum requirements to receive a nomination so that they could apply for permanent residency.

There are almost 80 different immigration streams across Canada that are participating under the PNP, excluding the federal and Quebec streams.

Applicants who receive a nomination under an enhanced PNP stream that is related to the Express Entry System can receive up to an additional 600 points to add to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

With the additional points from a nomination, it’s almost certain that an applicant will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

Applicants who do NOT have a Job Offer from an eligible Canadian Employer, you can submit an application under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)‘s Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream.

The HCP has three categories linked to the Express Entry System, applicants are required to have an active profile in the Express Entry System with eligible work experience in order to receive an ITA under this stream.

Applicants can also consider submitting an application under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). A job offer is also NOT required to apply under this PNP.

The SINP’s International Skilled Worker category has two streams that do not require a job offer from a Canadian Employer, but does require an applicant to have an active profile in the Express Entry System to apply.

The two streams are the Saskatchewan Express Entry-linked stream, and the Saskatechewan Occupation In Demand stream.

Unlike the Saskatchewan Express Entry linked-stream, which requires an applicant to have an active profile in the Express Entry System, the Saskatchewan Occupation in-demand stream requires applicants to have at least one year of experience in a position listen on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List.

Applicants can also give some thought to applying for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

The NSNP is one of the country’s most innovative PNPs. Nova Scotia uses four different streams to select applicants from the Express Entry pool.

While the Labour Market Priorities for Physicians stream of the NSNP requires a job offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the other streams, including the Nova Scotia Demand stream, the Nova Scotia Experience stream and the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream do not require job offers.

Applicants who are fluent in French can also apply for OINP’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream.

Applicants with qualified work experience, including computer engineers and web designers, in the technology sector can apply for PNPs in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.

Applications can be made under the OINP’s HCP and the Tech Pilot program, which is under the BC Skills Immigration pathway. Applications under the Tech Pilot program do, however, require a valid Job Offer from an eligible Canadian Employer.

Applicants who already have Canadian Experience in the province or territory where they are apply for a nomination can apply under different streams, including the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)‘s Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream and Skilled Worker Overseas stream.

These two streams require that applicants have work experience in the province. The MPNP’s International Education stream allows applicants to apply for three streams, as long as they have completed programs from eligible post-secondary educational institutions in Manitoba.

Canada’s Express Entry System and the different PNPs have become some of the most popular ways for foreign nationals to come to Canada, accounting for almost half of the country’s new immigrants.

Even with travel restrictions still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PNPs are still issuing ITAs to qualified applicants.

Applicants who wish to explore their options for immigrating to Canada are encouraged to check out each province and territories different programs to see which is the most appropriate for their situations.


The federal Government of Canada is primarily responsible for overseeing the applications for permanent residents to Canada.

However, the federal government has established agreements with provincial and territorial governments, allowing them to nominate eligible applicants who meet their labour needs and are able to make a commitment to stay in their province or territory.

The PNPs have become one of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada, second only to applications made through the Express Entry System.

More than 90,000 new immigrants come to Canada through the Express Entry System, while more than 65,000 have become permanent residents under the different PNPs.


Every province and territory establish rules and regulations for their PNPs, including requirements and application fees.

PNP application fees and eligibility requirements are separate from federal application fees and eligibility requirements.

The cost for submitting an application for permanent residency will cost CAD$1,325.00 for primary applicants, plus an additional CAD$1,325.00 for spouses and common-law partners. Dependent children are required to pay an additional CAD$225.00 each.

Permanent residency applicants must also pay a biometrics fee of CAD$85.00 each. Families can pay CAD$170.00.

In most cases, applications made under a PNP can expect to pay fees ranging anywhere from CAD$250.00 to CAD$2,000.00.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Skills Immigration Stream, application fees are currently CAD$1,150.00.

Only four provinces and territories do not charge application fees:

Nova Scotia
Northwestern Territories

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to meet its immigration targets for 2020, welcoming more than 200,000 new immigrants under its various economic immigration programs.


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