Some provinces select qualified candidates directly from the applicant pool, according to their specific economic needs.
If selected, you will receive a Notification of Interest in your profile giving you a few days to submit a complete application to the specific provincial government.
If the province decides to nominate you for Permanent Residence in Canada, you will be awarded 600 points on your profile, which ensures that you can submit an application to the federal government.
Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories and each province has its own economic and geographic needs. Provincial Nominee Programs are aimed at those who have the skills, education and professional experience to address the specific needs and contribute to the economy of a particular province or territory.
Each province has its own programmes that target certain groups of people, with its own set of rules and according to its own needs. Some options may be available frequently, while others may be open only from time to time.
Once you apply through this Programme you must demonstrate an intention to live and work in a specific province, with a lasting interest in contributing to its economy and society.
When your application is approved by a provincial government, you will receive a certificate of nomination. This will allow you to submit an application for final consideration by the Canadian federal government.
Online applications through Express Entry
If you meet the eligibility criteria for your chosen province or territory, you must submit your Express Entry profile and follow the instructions for the Provincial Nomination Program of your choice.
To apply for a Provincial Nominee Program through the Express Entry process, you should consider one of these options:
- Contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under the Express Entry pathway.
- Create an Express Entry profile and display the provinces and territories you are interested in. Then, if a province or territory sends you a "notification of interest" to your account, you can contact them directly and apply to their programme, following their specific guidelines.
In both cases, if you are nominated, the province will allocate 600 points through your account that you can accept electronically. After accepting the allocated points, you will have enough points to be selected in the next Express Entry draw to submit your application online to IRCC.