A provincial nomination is an important option for permanent residence in Canada.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and settle in a particular province.
Each Canadian province (except Quebec, which has a different selection system) and the territories have their own unique Provincial Nominee candidate programs. Participating provinces and territories maintain agreements with Immigrant, Refugee, and Citizen and Immigration Canada (IRCC) that allow them to select immigrants according to requirements they specify.
Provincial and territorial governments use these programs to better settle newcomers in their region. Each PNP is tailored to the specific needs of the province/region to select nominees who want to settle and work in the region and contribute effectively to the community. As of 2015, most PNPs include at least one stream aligned with the Express Entry emigration selection system. These are referred to as “enhanced” nominees.
PNP immigration programs available in the different provinces/territories:
If applicants want to immigrate under a Provincial Nominee Program, they must first obtain a nomination certificate from the province/territory. After a successful nomination by a province/territory, a separate application must be submitted to Citizen and Immigration Canada. Processing times and nomination requirements for the Provincial Nominee Program vary from one Canadian province to another.
The province of Quebec, where Montreal is located, does not participate in the Provincial Nominee Program. Instead, the governments of Quebec and Canada have entered into a series of agreements by which Quebec has established its own eligibility criteria for all economic immigrants seeking residency in Quebec.