Let's Explore Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs

Over the next couple of weeks, Aviou Law Firm will begin exploring the different provincial nominee program (PNP) in our PNP series; where we will bring you the latest information regarding the different provincial nominee programs that are available for immigrants. We will be profiling different provinces and their nominee programs highlighting pertinent information needed to assist potential immigrants in making their choice as to which province they should apply to for sponsorship, should they choose to make an application for Canadian permanent resident via the PNP route.

What is the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program?

The responsibility of selecting candidates to immigrate to Canada is shared between the federal government - Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the different provinces and territories. Provinces and territories sign agreements with the IRCC to permit them to select the best possible candidates who meet the provinces or territories immigration needs and requirements.

Most provinces and territories in Canada (aside from the province of Quebec and the territory of Nunavut) can nominate immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program. These immigrants must have the precise skills, education, and work experience to contribute to and meet the local labour market needs of that particular province or territory’s distinct economy; further nominated individuals must be interested in settling in that particular province. Each province and territory has its own streams (in demand occupations), eligibility and nomination guidelines, if you choose to immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program, you must first apply to the Province or Territory where you wish to settle and obtain a Nomination Certificate from that Province or Territory.

This week we begin by profiling the province of Alberta and highlighting its nominee program.