To benefit the economy and make the country a lucrative option for settlers internationally, the Canadian constitution gives a shared power to the Federal as well as Provincial Governments to manage the country’s immigration system.
The federal government has various immigration programs running, but the provincial government has limited alternatives available, primarily the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
What is PNP?
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows the applicants to live in a particular province and contribute to its local economy, want to live in that province, and want to become permanent residents of Canada.
These programs have always been popular with the provinces but have recently caught up a lot of attention within the immigrants as it gives them a second chance to enter Canada if they fail to match the federal CRS cut-off.
The provincial governments also have a say in regulating their province’s population through PNP. The purpose of running a PNP program is to make sure that the immigrants get distributed uniformly throughout the country and each community grows.
As of today, all the provinces and the Northwestern territories except Quebec and Nunavut have their PNP programs running with some variation and under different names.
Although each province runs the program according to their own needs and methods, all the provinces have a firsthand when it comes to proceeding with an applicant. The applicant can only become a Permanent Resident when a province issues them a Notification of Interest which gives them an additional 600 points under the Express Entry system.
To apply as a provincial nominee, one must:
• Meet the minimum requirements of one of the province or territory’s non-Express Entry streams
• Be nominated under that stream.
Top provinces to consider for PNP
Following provinces are the easiest and most lucrative options for future Canadians:
1. Saskatchewan – Home to more than 100,000 different lakes, the province of Saskatchewan run their PNP system under Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) which further divides into the following categories:
• International Skilled Worker – For candidates who qualify with their Express Entry profile.
• Saskatchewan Experience – Temporary residents who already live and work in the province.
• Entrepreneur and Farm – To encourage investment and commerce, anyone who wants to buy any business or operate a firm.
In order to qualify for any of their streams, the candidate needs to score a minimum of 60 points out of 110 points for their program.
The province issued a last Expression of Interest (EOI) on 11th March 2021 with a minimum score of 71.
2. Alberta – Also known as the “Energy Province of Canada” because of its huge fossil fuel industry, Alberta runs their PNP system under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), which broadly divides into 2 sub-programs:
• Alberta Opportunity Stream – Qualified candidates who are residents and workers in the province should have a job offer to apply for this program.
• Alberta Express Entry Stream – Candidates who qualify with their Express Entry profile could be nominated by the province to apply for Permanent Residence.
Candidates with a minimum score of 300 (before attaching the provincial nomination) who qualify with the eligibility criteria get NOI. The last issued Notifications of Interest were on 2nd March 2021 at a CRS score of 301.
3. Ontario – The biggest and the most popular Canadian province usually has the highest number of entrants in Canada. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the program’s name having the following streams running under the name:
• French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
• Human Capital Priorities Stream
• Skilled Trades Stream
• Business Category (Entrepreneur Stream)
Although there are a lot of programs that the province has been running, it seems that the province is implementing stricter qualification criteria, and some modifications are brought to the OINP streams. The province now shares Notifications of Interest (NOIs) with stricter criteria. The most recent NOIs were issued on 3rd March 2021 with a CRS score range of 455-467 before a provincial nomination.
4. Nova Scotia – The province runs its PNP system under Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), which further divides into the following multiple streams:
• Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
• Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
• International Graduate Entrepreneur
• Skilled Worker
• Occupations in demand
• Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
The province sent the last invitations to candidates in January 2021 who scored a minimum of 67 points out of 100 on the Nova Scotia Points Calculator.
5. Manitoba – The province runs its PNP system under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) which further divides into 2 broad streams:
• Skilled Workers in Manitoba – Workers in Manitoba who have been living and working in the same province are qualified under the same program.
• Skilled Workers Overseas – Applicants under the Express Entry stream with
However, the province also has some restrictions with regards to applicants who cannot apply for MPNP. In order to be eligible to receive a Notification of Interest, the applicant must score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on their points-based calculator.
The last EOI was issued by the province on 11th March 2021 with the lowest CRS score of 459 after attaching the provincial nomination.
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