Provincial Nomination Program FAQ

What is the Provincial Nomination Program?

The Provincial Nomination Program was established by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to allow Canada’s different provinces and territories to select individuals who indicate an interest in settling in a particular province/territory and who will be able to contribute to that province/territories’ economic development.
Most, but not all, provinces and territories of Canada participate in the Provincial Nomination Program.

Which Provinces participate in the Provincial Nomination Program?

The following provinces participate in the Provincial Nomination Program:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Is the Province of Quebec part of the Provincial Nomination Program?

No. Quebec has a separate agreement with the Government of Canada, which allows the province to select individuals who indicate a desire to reside in that province.  The Quebec government is the only provincial government with the authority to determine the selection of individuals outside of the Provincial Nomination Program. Quebec has its ownImmigration Selection Criteria.

Is Provincial Nomination a requirement for Canadian immigration?

No. You can obtain a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa without Provincial Nomination.

What is the advantage of obtaining a Provincial Nomination?

A Provincial Nomination means that your application for a Canada Immigration Visa will be processed quickly and it provides another way of qualifying for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa apart from the Federal and Quebec categories of Canadian immigration.

What criteria do most provinces look for in their Nominees?

Most provinces are looking for individuals who will contribute to the province’s economic growth, and are willing to settle in that province.  Criteria that provinces take into consideration may include the following:

  • Job offer in the province
  • Education
  • Work experience in critical industries
  • English and/or French Language skills
  • Close relations in that province

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