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Canada PNP Finder: Explore your provincial immigration pathways to Canada

Canada PNP Finder: Explore your provincial immigration pathways to Canada


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Which PNPs are currently open and issuing invitations?

Province Category / Stream Program Status Express Entry-Linked Job Required
Alberta Express Entry Passive

Yes No
Alberta Alberta Opportunity Accepting applications No Yes
Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Accepting applications No No
British Columbia Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker Accepting EOIs Yes Yes
British Columbia Express Entry BC: Healthcare Professional Accepting applications Yes Yes
British Columbia Express Entry BC: International Graduate Accepting EOIs Yes Yes
British Columbia Express Entry BC: International Post-Graduate Accepting applications Yes No
British Columbia Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker Accepting EOIs No Yes
British Columbia Skills Immigration: Healthcare Professional Accepting applications No Yes
British Columbia Skills Immigration: International Graduate Accepting EOIs No Yes
British Columbia Skills Immigration: Entry-level and Semi-skilled Accepting EOIs No Yes
British Columbia Skills Immigration: International Post-Graduate Accepting applications No No
British Columbia Entrepreneur Accepting EOIs No No
British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot Open No No
Manitoba IES: International Student Entrepreneur Pilot Accepting EOIs No No
Manitoba International Education Stream (IES): Graduate Internship Pathway Accepting EOIs No Yes

Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Accepting EOIs No No
Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas – Express Entry Accepting EOIs Yes No
Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas – Human Capital Set to open sometime in 2019. No No
Manitoba Skilled Worker in Manitoba Accepting EOIs No Yes
Manitoba Skilled Worker in Manitoba – Employer Direct Recruitment Set to open sometime in 2019. No Yes
Manitoba Skilled Worker in Manitoba – Manitoba Work Experience Set to open sometime in 2019. No Yes
Manitoba Business Investor: Entrepreneur Accepting applications No No
Manitoba Business Investor: Farm Investor Accepting applications No No
Manitoba IES: Career Employment Pathway Accepting EOIs No Yes
Manitoba Morden Community-Driven Initiative Accepting applications No No
New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Accepting EOIs Yes No
New Brunswick Skilled Worker with Employer Support Accepting applications No Yes
New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream Paused No No
New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneur Accepting EOIs No No
Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker Accepting applications Yes Yes
Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker Accepting applications No Yes
Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate Accepting applications No Yes
Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate Entrepreneur Set to open in the near future. No No
Newfoundland and Labrador International Entrepreneur Set to open in the near future. No No
Northwest Territories Express Entry Accepting applications Yes Yes
Northwest Territories Skilled Workers Accepting applications No Yes
Northwest Territories Critical Impact Worker Accepting applications No Yes
Northwest Territories Entrepreneur Business Accepting applications No No
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry — Category A Accepting applications Yes Yes
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry — Category B Paused Yes No
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Accepting applications Yes No
Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Passive

Yes No
Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Accepting applications Yes Yes
Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream – Skilled Workers Accepting applications No Yes
Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream – Semi-Skilled & Low-Skilled Accepting applications No Yes
Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Accepting EOIs No No
Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Accepting EOIs No No
Nova Scotia Physician Accepting applications No Yes
Ontario Human Capital Priorities – FSW candidates Passive

Yes No
Ontario Human Capital Priorities – CEC candidates Passive

Yes No
Ontario Skilled Trades Passive

Yes No
Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker – FSW candidates Passive

Yes No
Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker – CEC candidates Passive

Yes No
Ontario Employer Job Offer – Foreign Workers Closed until 2020 No Yes
Ontario Employer Job Offer – In-Demand Skills Accepting applications No Yes
Ontario Employer Job Offer – International Students Closed until 2020 No Yes
Ontario Masters Graduate Intake paused No No
Ontario PhD Graduate Accepting applications No No
Ontario Entrepreneur Accepting EOIs No No
Prince Edward Island Express Entry Accepting EOIs Yes No
Prince Edward Island Labour Impact – Skilled Worker Accepting EOIs No Yes
Prince Edward Island Labour Impact – Critical Worker Accepting EOIs No Yes
Prince Edward Island Labour Impact – International Graduate Accepting EOIs No Yes
Prince Edward Island Business Impact – Work Permit Accepting EOIs No No
Prince Edward Island Business Impact – 100% Ownership Terminated No No
Prince Edward Island Business Impact – Partial Ownership Terminated No No
Quebec Quebec Skilled Worker Program Accepting EOIs No No
Quebec Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) – Temporary Foreign Workers Accepting applications No No
Quebec Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) – International Student Paused until Nov. 1, 2019 No No
Quebec Entrepreneur Program New intake period started August 15, 2018. Accepting 25 new applications under Component One and 35 for Component Two of the program. No No
Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program New intake period started August 15. Accepting 50 new applications for this program. No No
Quebec Investor Program New intake started September 10, 2018. Accepting 1,900 new applications for this program. No No
Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker (ISW): Express Entry Accepting EOIs Yes No
Saskatchewan ISW: Occupations In-Demand Accepting EOIs No No
Saskatchewan ISW: Employment Offer Accepting applications No Yes
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Experience: Existing Work Permit Accepting applications No Yes
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Experience: Health Professionals/Hospitality Sector Project, Long Haul Truck Driver Project Accepting applications No Yes
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Experience: Students Accepting applications No Yes
Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Accepting EOIs No No
Saskatchewan Farm Owners and Operators Accepting applications No No
Yukon Express Entry Accepting applications Yes Yes
Yukon Skilled Worker Accepting applications No Yes
Yukon Critical Impact Worker Accepting applications No Yes
Yukon Business Nominee Accepting applications No No

Latest PNP News

Province Category / Stream What’s new Date
Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand 769 invitations issued to Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates. 26 Sep 2019
British Columbia Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC 65 invitations issued to Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC candidates. 24 Sep 2019
Prince Edward Island Business Work Permit Entrepreneur Stream, Labour Impact and Express Entry 13 invitations issued to Business Work Permit Entrepreneur candidates and 109 invitations issued to Labour Impact and Express Entry candidates . 19 Sep 2019
Alberta Alberta Express Entry Stream 139 invitations issued to Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 350. 18 Sep 2019
Alberta Alberta Express Entry Stream 139 invitations issued to Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 350. 18 Sep 2019



Most provinces and territories in Canada have a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that allows them to nominate candidates for Canadian immigration who can contribute to their economic development. In order to be nominated by a province or territory, potential immigrants must demonstrate that they have the skills, education, and work experience required to meet the labour market needs of the destination province.
A provincial nomination is one of Canada’s key immigration options. PNPs offer tailored pathways to Canadian permanent resident status for students, skilled or semi-skilled workers, entrepreneurs and business owners, among others. A provincial nomination can be especially valuable to candidates in the federal government’s Express Entry selection system A nomination awarded under an Express Entry-linked PNP, known as an "enhanced nomination," awards 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The following provinces and territory participate in Canada's Provincial Nominee Program:

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

The province of Quebec selects potential immigrants outside the PNP. The Government of Quebec has a separate agreement with Canada's federal government that allows it to nominate individuals based on its own immigration criteria.

An Express Entry-linked PNP category or stream is one that nominates candidates who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)'s economic immigration selection system.

The Express Entry system manages candidates in the following three federal economic immigration categories:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

On top of meeting the eligibility criteria for one of these categories and creating an Express Entry profile, candidates interested in Express Entry-linked PNPs generally also must meet additional criteria set by the province and territory in question.

Express Entry candidates who are nominated by a Canadian province or territory receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

To differentiate between provincial nominations obtained through the Express Entry selection system or directly through the province, IRCC refers to a nomination as either ‘base’ or ‘enhanced.’

‘Base’ nominations may be beneficial to individuals who are interested in immigrating to Canada but who are not eligible for Express Entry. IRCC says applications for permanent residence under a base nomination are paper-based and are treated through the “regular” Canadian immigration application process.

‘Enhanced’ nominations are processed online through a candidate’s Express Entry profile and benefit from Express Entry's six months or less application processing time frame.

Some provinces have so-called "passive" Express Entry-linked immigration streams that allow provincial authorities to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet specified criteria. These streams are considered passive because candidates cannot submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) or apply without first being invited to do so by the province.

For example, Ontario's three Express Entry-linked streams — the Human Capital Priorities Stream, the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Skilled Trades Stream — allow the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who match their criteria and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination.

No. The job offer requirement varies based on the PNP category or stream's eligibility requirements.
No. There are many ways to obtain Canadian permanent residence without a provincial nomination. Discover your options for Canadian immigration by completing our free online assessment now.
The Canada PNP Finder is updated as soon as we receive news of developments in a PNP category or stream.