Get Into The Canada PNP:

Canada is a favorite destination for individuals wanting to migrate to another country. The immigration friendly policies of the country and the many job opportunities available are encouraging migrants to come and settle here.

Permanent residency in Canada allows you to settle in the country on a permanent basis. You might be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship after five years.

Canadian permanent residence offers social security, free education and healthcare, among other benefits. Many Canadian immigration programs are available through which you can apply for permanent residency.

A popular option is the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program or the PNP.

Canada offers nearly 80 different PNP immigration pathways or ‘streams’. Some of the popular PNP programs include:

  1. Alberta PNP
  2. Manitoba PNP
  3. New Brunswick PNP
  4. British Columbia PNP
  5. Nova Scotia PNP
  6. Ontario PNP
  7. Saskatchewan PNP
  8. Prince Edward Island PNP

The PNP programs are designed to meet the individual immigration needs of provinces and meet the labor shortages they are facing.

With this in mind, the Canadian government has continuously increased its targets for the PNP program. It has set a target of 81,500 newcomers through Canadian PNP in 2022.

As per the Canada Annual Immigration Targets 2021-2023, of the total 421,000 overall planned permanent resident admissions target for 2023, around 83,000 will get permanent residence in 2023 through Canadian PNP.

Eligibility criteria for the PNP

Most of the Canada immigration programs — including various PNP immigration pathways or ‘streams’ — work on a points-based system.

Generally, an applicant must score a minimum number of points to be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through Canadian PNP.

Here are the various criteria under which you can score points to meet the eligibility requirement:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language ability
  • Adaptability
  • Arranged employment

Usually, an application for Canadian permanent residence through the PNP route requires the applicants to have some kinds of a connection to the province.  The connection could be either through working in that province or having studied there in the recent past. You can also be considered eligible if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer in that province/territory.

Steps to apply for Canada PNP

For permanent residence in Canada through the PNP, you must begin the process by applying to the specific PNP of the province or territory that you intend to settle within.

Provided you meet the specific eligibility requirements, you might be able to able to secure a PNP nomination through them.

You can apply for your permanent residence visa after you are successful in securing a PNP nomination.

The criteria for evaluating the application differ from PNP to PNP.

The PNP is the recommended option if your CRS points score is not high enough and you are thinking of applying for Canadian permanent residence through the federal Express Entry system. When making your PNP application you can choose a province from where it will be easy to get a nomination based on your profile.

Express Entry linked PNPS

A nomination – under any of the Express Entry linked PNP streams – is worth 600 CRS points in itself, thereby guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal draw.

Those wishing to secure such an “enhanced nomination”, with expedited processing and a completely online application process must first create an Express Entry profile and specify an interest in being considered by that province or territory for a nomination.

Provincial Nominee Program – All PNP invitations in 2021  [as on December 31, 2021] 
Date of Draw Province  Invitations Issued 
December 30, 2021 Manitoba 393
December 21, 2021 British Columbia 243
December 16, 2021 Manitoba 349
December 16, 2021 Prince Edward Island 125
December 14, 2021 British Columbia 71
December 7, 2021 British Columbia 318
December 7, 2021 Ontario 1,186
December 2, 2021 Manitoba 438
November 30, 2021 British Columbia 89
November 24, 2021 Alberta 100
November 23, 2021 British Columbia 357
November 18, 2021 Manitoba 428
November 18, 2021 Prince Edward Island 188
November 18, 2021 Saskatchewan 633
November 16, 2021 British Columbia 87
November 9, 2021 Alberta 200
November 9, 2021 British Columbia 340
November 2, 2021 British Columbia 77
November 1, 2021 Manitoba 421
October 2021 Newfoundland and Labrador 260
October 27, 2021 Ontario 1,408
October 26, 2021 British Columbia 358
October 21, 2021 Manitoba 459
October 21, 2021 Prince Edward Island 204
October 20, 2021 Ontario 546
October 19, 2021 British Columbia 85
October 12, 2021 Alberta 293
October 12, 2021 British Columbia 424
October 7, 2021 Manitoba 426
October 7, 2021 Nova Scotia 330
October 7, 2021 Ontario 162
October 6, 2021 Ontario 486
October 5, 2021 British Columbia 108
September 2021 Newfoundland and Labrador 22
September 28, 2021 British Columbia 422
September 27, 2021 Saskatchewan 391
September 23, 2021 Manitoba 650
September 22, 2021 Ontario 72
September 21, 2021 Alberta 450
September 21, 2021 British Columbia 74
September 21, 2021 Ontario 995
September 16, 2021 Prince Edward Island 143
September 14, 2021 Alberta 385
September 14, 2021 British Columbia 464
September 14, 2021 Ontario 691
September 8, 2021 Saskatchewan 528
September 7, 2021 Alberta 500
September 7, 2021 British Columbia 34
September 2, 2021 Manitoba 602
August 31, 2021 British Columbia 488
August 30, 2021 Alberta 400
August 26, 2021 Ontario 20
August 25, 2021 Ontario 326
August 24, 2021 British Columbia 74
August 23, 2021 Alberta 450
August 19, 2021 Prince Edward Island 161
August 19, 2021 Saskatchewan 496
August 18, 2021 Ontario 479
August 17, 2021 British Columbia 427
August 12, 2021 Manitoba 275
August 11, 2021 Ontario 48
August 10, 2021 Alberta 396
August 10, 2021 British Columbia 51
August 6, 2021 Ontario 2
August 5, 2021 Saskatchewan 452
August 3, 2021 British Columbia 374
August 30, 2021 Alberta 400
August 23, 2021 Alberta 450
August 10, 2021 Alberta 396
July 27, 2021 British Columbia 59
July 27, 2021 Ontario 1,031
July 27, 2021 Manitoba 1,140
July 21, 2021 Ontario 115
July 21, 2021 Saskatchewan 280
July 20, 2021 British Columbia 383
July 15, 2021 Ontario 55
July 15, 2021 Prince Edward Island [PEI] 127
July 14, 2021 Alberta 181
July 13, 2021 British Columbia 56
July 13, 2021 Ontario 1,685
July 9, 2021 Manitoba 277
July 8, 2021 Saskatchewan 295
July 7, 2021 Ontario 21
July 6, 2021 British Columbia 387
June 2021 Newfoundland and Labrador 381
June 29, 2021 British Columbia 52
June 28, 2021 Manitoba 1,017
June 23, 2021 Ontario 583
June 22, 2021 Alberta 184
June 22, 2021 British Columbia 395
June 17, 2021 Manitoba 141
June 17, 2021 Prince Edward Island [PEI] 113
June 16, 2021 Ontario 940
June 15, 2021 British Columbia 86
June 15, 2021 Saskatchewan 255
June 8, 2021 British Columbia 373
June 7, 2021 Manitoba 142
June 5, 2021 Alberta 191
June 1, 2021 British Columbia 68
June 1, 2021 Ontario 986
May 27, 2021 Manitoba 404
May 26, 2021 Ontario 158
May 25, 2021 British Columbia 370
May 25, 2021 Manitoba 232
May 25, 2021 Saskatchewan 421
May 20, 2021 Prince Edward Island [PEI] 155
May 18, 2021 Alberta 250
May 18, 2021 British Columbia 82
May 18, 2021 Ontario 138
May 11, 2021 British Columbia 379
May 11, 2021 Ontario 81
May 5, 2021 Alberta 250
May 6, 2021 Manitoba 150
May 6, 2021 Saskatchewan 259
May 4, 2021 British Columbia 83
May 4, 2021 Ontario 102
April 20, 2021 Alberta 200
April 20, 2021 British Columbia 90
April 27, 2021 British Columbia 362
April 26, 2021 Manitoba 367
April 22, 2021 Saskatchewan 269
April 19, 2021 Manitoba 399
April 15, 2021 Prince Edward Island [PEI] 156
April 13, 2021 British Columbia 452
April 13, 2021 Ontario 528
April 8, 2021 Manitoba 243
April 8, 2021 Saskatchewan 279
April 6, 2021 Alberta 200
April 6, 2021 British Columbia 80
March 26, 2021 Alberta 300
March 30, 2021 British Columbia 330
March 30, 2021 British Columbia 44
March 29, 2021 Nova Scotia Not disclosed
March 25, 2021 Manitoba 335
March 24, 2021 Saskatchewan 418
March 23, 2021 British Columbia 95
March 18, 2021 Prince Edward Island [PEI] 150
March 11, 2021 Manitoba 299
March 11, 2021 Saskatchewan 248
March 16, 2021 British Columbia 506
March 9, 2021 British Columbia 95
March 3, 2021 Ontario 126
March 2, 2021 Alberta 200
March 2, 2021 British Columbia 444
March 2, 2021 Ontario 754
Feb. 26, 2021 Manitoba 207
Feb. 25, 2021 Saskatchewan 299
Feb. 24, 2021 Nova Scotia 43
Feb. 23, 2021 British Columbia 87
Feb. 18, 2021 Prince Edward Island [PEI] 121
Feb. 16, 2021 Alberta 159
Feb. 16, 2021 British Columbia 494
Feb. 16, 2021 Ontario 1,186
Feb. 12, 2021 Manitoba 296
Feb. 11, 2021 Saskatchewan 541
Feb. 10, 2021 Alberta 200
Feb. 9, 2021 British Columbia 74
Feb. 2, 2021 British Columbia 216
Feb. 2, 2021 Ontario 283
Jan. 28, 2021 Alberta 100
Jan. 28, 2021 Manitoba 218
Jan. 8, 2021 Alberta 50
Jan. 26, 2021 British Columbia 81
Jan. 21, 2021 Prince Edward Island [PEI] 211
Jan. 21, 2021 Saskatchewan 502
Jan. 19, 2021 British Columbia 195
Jan. 19, 2021 Nova Scotia Not disclosed
Jan. 14, 2021 Manitoba 272
Jan. 13, 2021 Ontario 338
Jan. 13, 2021 Ontario 146
Jan. 12, 2021 British Columbia 80
Jan. 7, 2021 Saskatchewan 385
Jan. 5, 2021 British Columbia 168
FAQ
How is the PNP connected to the Express Entry program?

Provinces can nominate a certain number of candidates under the Express Entry system in order to meet their local employment requirements.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool who obtain the PNP nomination from a province are awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, out of a possible total of 1,200.

When these additional points are added to a candidate’s total points it will result in an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in the next Express Entry draw.

In addition, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of any one of the following federal economic immigration programs for entry and selection from the Express Entry pool:

· Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

· Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

· Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Provinces and territories can add any additional criteria for their own immigration streams.

Depending on the province, candidates eligible to join the Express Entry pool can either join the pool first, then be nominated by a province or territory, or be nominated by a province or territory before completing an online Express Entry profile and entering the Express Entry pool.

Why do certain immigration candidates try for permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee program?

Some candidates may already be in the Express Entry pool but will not have enough CRS points to get an ITA. However, with a provincial nomination, they will get an additional 600 points added to their CRS score which greatly improves their chances of getting an ITA.

Another reason could be that they already have a job offer from the province or they are already residing in the province and have either finished their studies there or working on a temporary basis in the province and are thus eligible for its nomination streams.

Are there any differences between the various PNP programs?

Some PNP Canada streams are aligned with the Express Entry system, while some are not aligned to the EE system.

Some PNP programs require applicants to have a job offer, while others do not.

Applicants can apply directly to some PNP streams while others issue invitations on an Expression of Interest (EOI) basis, where applicants must first get an ITA before submitting their application.

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