How do I apply to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee?

If you want to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), a Canadian province or territory has to nominate you.

The first thing you need to do is apply to the PNP in the province or territory where you want to settle. To qualify, you must have the skills, education and work experience you will need to settle in Canada and support yourself and your family.

The province or territory will assess if you will be able to meet their economic or labour market needs, and those of Canada. They can tell you how long it will take to process your application.

After the province or territory approves your application, your next step is to apply for permanent residence within the time period they set out. The province or territory will let you know whether you must apply through the Express Entry system or through regular application process.

The selection process and conditions to get a Provincial Nominee Certificate may be different from one province to the next.

Note: The province of Quebec chooses its own immigrants. If you want to live there, contact the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec.

I was nominated by the province to immigrate to Canada, what should I do?

After the province or territory approves your application and you have a Provincial Nominee Certificate, your next step is to apply for permanent residence within the time period they set out.

The type of nomination issued to you by the province or territory will determine how you will apply for permanent residence with IRCC. If you were nominated under a province or territory’s Express Entry stream, you will need to create an Express Entry profile, if you do not already have one, and apply for permanent residence online. The system will guide you through the application process.

For all other nominations, fill out the forms using the instruction guide to help you. This guide will also tell you all the documents you need to send with your forms, and where to send them.

How do I get points for a provincial nomination under Express Entry?

To be awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System for having a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination, you must have a provincial nomination certificate that:

  • was issued after January 1, 2015,
  • was issued for a PNP Express Entry stream,
  • is valid (i.e., not expired) when you submit your application for permanent residence, and,
  • is accepted in the system by both you and the province or territory.