The Canada Provincial Nominee Programs offer a valuable pathway to Canada PR Visa. The PNPs permit territories and provinces in Canada to nominate persons. These must be inclined to migrate to Canada and settle in a specific province.

Each territory and Province in Canada has its own exclusive PNP. The exception is Quebec and Nunavut. Each PNP has minimum one immigration stream that is linked with the federal immigration selection system of Express Entry.

Nominations from provinces offered under these streams linked with Express Entry also known as enhanced nominations. These incur extra 600 CRS/ Comprehensive Ranking System points to the Express Entry. It effectively ensures an ITA for Canada PR Visa in the subsequent Express Entry draws.


The Canada Provincial Nominee Program was created to attract skilled international talent to Canada provinces facing a talent shortage. Thousands of successful applicants have relocated and permanently settled in Canada through the PNP program. Some of the best Canadian provinces to apply to under this program are:

  • Prince Edward Island
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Quebec

If you are a skilled professional with experience in technology, finance, education, marketing or healthcare, now is the perfect time to explore your options through the PNP program.
You can apply under the PNP option to migrate to Canada if you want to live in a province, contribute to its economy and wish to become a permanent resident of Canada.

Options in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

There are two options when filling an application through the PNP program:

  1. Paper based process
  2. Through Express Entry

 Paper based process:

The first step is to apply to the province or territory for nomination under the non-Express Entry stream.  If you meet the eligibility requirements and qualify through the individual in-demand Occupation Lists of some provinces, you will get a nomination from the province if your occupation is on the list. You can then apply for a Canada PR Visa.

You will now have to submit a paper application for your PR visa. The processing time is usually longer than through the Express Entry system.

Express Entry System:

There are 2 ways to apply:

You can apply for a nomination by contacting the province or territory and apply for a nomination under the Express Entry stream.

If you get a positive response from the province or territory to nominate you, you can create an Express Entry profile or update your profile if it already exists.

The other option is to create an Express Entry profile and indicate the provinces or territories you are interested in. If the province sends a ‘notification of interest’ you can then contact them and then apply through the Express Entry system.

You must meet the eligibility requirements for a successful outcome of your application.

Steps in PNP application for PR visa:

  1. Apply in the province or region where you desire to settle.
  2. If your profile meets the eligibility criteria, you could be nominated by the province to apply for a PR visa.
  3. Apply for your PR visa after you are nominated by a province. The criteria for evaluating the PR application varies from province to province.


To apply for the Canadian PNP program, applicants need to present their:

  • Current passport and travel history
  • Educational credentials
  • Professional credentials
  • Recent medical report
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Other supporting documents

Features of the Provincial nominee program:

Canada offers nearly 80 different PNPs which have their individual eligibility requirements. The PNP program allows provinces to meet their individual immigration needs by helping them fill jobs that are in demand and meet labor shortages in their province.

Most PNPs require applicants to have some connection to the province. They should have either worked earlier in that province or studied there. Or they should have a job offer from an employer in the province for a job visa.

A provincial nomination can help you in two ways to get your PR visa. It can add 600 CRS points to your Express Entry application and makes you eligible to apply for your PR visa directly to IRCC.

Provincial Nominee Program – All PNP invitations in 2021

[as on June 30, 2021]

Date of Draw ProvinceInvitations Issued
June 29, 2021British Columbia52
June 28, 2021Manitoba 1,017
June 23, 2021Ontario583
June 22, 2021Alberta184
June 22, 2021British Columbia395
June 17, 2021Manitoba 141
June 17, 2021Prince Edward Island [PEI]113
June 16, 2021Ontario940
June 15, 2021British Columbia86
June 15, 2021Saskatchewan255
June 8, 2021British Columbia373
June 7, 2021Manitoba142
June 5, 2021Alberta191
June 01, 2021British Columbia68
June 01, 2021Ontario986
May 27, 2021Manitoba404
May 26, 2021Ontario158
May 25, 2021British Columbia370
May 25, 2021Manitoba232
May 25, 2021Saskatchewan421
May 20, 2021Prince Edward Island [PEI]155
May 18, 2021Alberta250
May 18, 2021British Columbia82
May 18, 2021Ontario138
May 11, 2021British Columbia379
May 11, 2021Ontario81
May 06, 2021Manitoba150
May 06, 2021Saskatchewan 259
May 05, 2021Alberta250
May 04, 2021British Columbia83
May 04, 2021Ontario102
April 20, 2021Alberta200
April 20, 2021British Columbia90
April 26, 2021Manitoba367
April 22, 2021Saskatchewan269
April 19, 2021Manitoba399
April 15, 2021Prince Edward Island [PEI]156
April 13, 2021British Columbia452
April 13, 2021Ontario528
April 08, 2021Manitoba243
April 08, 2021Saskatchewan279
April 06, 2021Alberta200
April 06, 2021British Columbia80
March 30, 2021British Columbia330
March 29, 2021Nova Scotia Not disclosed
March 25, 2021Manitoba335
March 24, 2021Saskatchewan418
March 23, 2021British Columbia95
March 18, 2021Prince Edward Island [PEI]150
March 11, 2021Manitoba299
March 11, 2021Saskatchewan248
March 16, 2021British Columbia506
March 09, 2021British Columbia95
March 03, 2021Ontario126
March 02, 2021Alberta200
March 02, 2021British Columbia444
March 02, 2021Ontario754
Feb 26, 2021Manitoba207
Feb 25, 2021Saskatchewan299
Feb 24, 2021Nova Scotia43
Feb 23, 2021British Columbia87
Feb 18, 2021Prince Edward Island [PEI]121
Feb 16, 2021Alberta159
Feb 16, 2021British Columbia494
Feb 16, 2021Ontario1,186
Feb 12, 2021Manitoba296
Feb 11, 2021Saskatchewan541
Feb 10, 2021Alberta200
Feb 09, 2021British Columbia74
Feb 02, 2021British Columbia216
Feb 02, 2021Ontario243
Jan 28, 2021Alberta100
Jan 28, 2021Manitoba218
Jan 26, 2021British Columbia81
Jan 21, 2021Prince Edward Island [PEI]211
Jan 21, 2021Saskatchewan502
Jan 19, 2021British Columbia195
Jan 19, 2021Nova ScotiaNot disclosed
Jan 14, 2021Manitoba272
Jan 13, 2021Ontario338
Jan 12, 2021British Columbia80
Jan 08, 2021Alberta50
Jan 07, 2021Saskatchewan43
Jan 05, 2021British Columbia168

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