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FAQ Provincial Nomination Program

What is the Provincial Nomination Program?

The Provincial Nomination Program was established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to allow Canada’s different provinces and territories to select individuals who indicate an interest in settling in a particular province/territory and who will be able to contribute to that province/territories’ economic development.

Which Provinces participate in the Provincial Nomination Program?

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Is the Province of Quebec part of the Provincial Nomination Program?

No. Quebec has a separate agreement with the Government of Canada, which allows the province to select individuals who indicate a desire to reside in that province. The Quebec government is the only provincial government with the authority to determine the selection of individuals outside of the Provincial Nomination Program. Quebec has its own Immigration Selection Criteria.

Is Provincial Nomination a requirement for Canada immigration?

No. You can obtain a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa without Provincial Nomination.

What is the advantage of obtaining Provincial Nomination?

A Provincial Nomination means that your application for a Canada Immigration Visa will be processed quickly and it provides another way of qualifying for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa apart from the Federal Skilled Worker category of Canadian immigration.

Where and when does an application under the Provincial Nomination Program get submitted?

An application under the Provincial Nomination Program is submitted to the appropriate provincial government office, before submitting an application for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa.

Does receiving a Provincial Nomination guarantee a Canada Immigration Visa?

No. Citizenship and Immigration Canada must be satisfied that a Provincial Nominee meets statutory requirements – health, security and authenticity of documents – before issuing a Canada Immigration Visa.

What criteria do most provinces look for in their Nominees?

Most provinces are looking for individuals who will contribute to the province’s economic growth, and are willing to settle in that province. Criteria that provinces take into consideration may include the following:

  • Job offer in the province
  • Education
  • Work experience in critical industries
  • English and/or French Language skills
  • Close relations in that province
  • Ability to adapt to life in that province

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