Provincial Nominee Programs


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As of July 1, 2012, most Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants to semi- or low-skilled professions need language testing. This test will show whether your language proficiency meets a minimum standard in each of these four categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This does not apply if you applied for a provincial nomination certificate before July 1, 2012.

Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. If you choose to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider your application based on its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.

Here is a list of the provinces and territories currently participating in this program. Since the criteria vary among the provinces, you should visit their websites for more information.


After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. A CIC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration regulations.

You will have to pass a medical examination and security and criminal checks. 

You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada.

Provincial nominees are not assessed on the six selection factors of the Federal Skilled Workers Program.

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