The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a key part of Canada's economic-driven immigration strategy and plans to welcome more than 200,000 new permanent residents to Canada between 2020 and 2022.

There are 10 Canadian provinces, and 3 territories to the north, each with their own economic and social needs. 

The PNP allows provinces and territories to nominate candidates who wish to settle in their province/territory and are able to meet certain criteria for Canadian permanent residence.


Nunavut does not have a PNP, while Quebec has separate economic immigration programs that are not managed through Express Entry.

Every province and territory (except Quebec and Nunavut) has a PNP that is comprised of multiple “streams” (or pathways).

Each of these streams targets particular groups of people based on the province or territory’s needs.

For example, some streams may target international graduates, while others are focused on businesspeople or skilled workers.

If you obtain a provincial nomination, you are awarded a whopping 600 additional CRS points which will help you get invited to apply for permanent residence:

Adaptability Points (maximum 600 points)



Brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada


Scored NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills and scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or didn’t take an English test)


Scored NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills and scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills


Post-secondary education in Canada - credential of one or two years


Post-secondary education in Canada - credential three years or longer


Arranged employment - NOC 00


Arranged employment – any other NOC 0, A or B


Provincial or territorial nomination


For the purposes of this course, we will focus on the Express Entry-linked PNPs.