The Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) allows provinces to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Provincial Nomination is an important fast-track option for Canadian Permanent Residency.
Each Canadian province and one territory has its own unique Provincial Nomination Program (except for Quebec, which has a different selection system).
Provincial and territorial governments have been using these programs to more effectively and efficiently welcome newcomers to their region. Each PNP is tailored to the province’s/territory’s specific needs to select nominees who will be able to settle into life and work in the region and to effectively contribute to the community.
As Canada’s most populous province, Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians call Ontario home. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. In many ways, Ontario is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life, making it Canada’s most popular landing destination for immigrants from around the world.
Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program is called Opportunities Ontario. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow foreign nationala to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
Opportunities Ontario accepts applications under a number of immigration categories:
- Human Capital Priorities Stream (aligned with Express Entry)
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (aligned with Express Entry)
- General category;
- International Students category; and
- Investors category.
Each these categories may have one or more sub-categories. Below we provide you with additional information about each of these categories to help you determine if the Opportunities Ontario Program is right for you.
Human Capital Priorities Stream
This stream enables the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) to nominate individuals who are eligibile to enter the federal Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.
International Students Category
This category is for students from abroad. The International Students category accepts applications under the following sub-categories:
International Student with a Job Offer Stream — This sub-category was created to help employers recruit international students. It is open to Ontario employers and students with job offers in the province.
International PhD Graduate Stream — This sub-category targets individuals who have graduated from a PhD program at one of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.
Pilot International Masters Graduate Stream — This sub-category, which is currently operating as a temporary pilot program, targets individuals who have graduated with a Master’s degree from one of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. A job offer is not required.
Note that Opportunities Ontario is no longer accepting applications from international students in their final semester of studies.
Located between the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, the Province of Manitoba is in many ways the gateway to western Canada. With an economy based largely on natural resources and agriculture, it is a major driver of Canada’s wealth. Manitoba’s population of approximately 1.2 million is located largely in and around the capital city of Winnipeg. Manitobans benefit from tight-knit communities, a stable labour market, and sweeping natural wilderness.
The MPNP is Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which speeds up the overall immigration process.
Manitoba was given an additional 500 nominations, for a total of 5,500, to be accepted in 2015. These additional nominations will be made through a new enhanced Express Entry category, which is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Express Entry candidates nominated by Manitoba will receive an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System and receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC has committed to processing times of six months or less for applicants through Express Entry.
There are three ways in which the province and potential candidates may immigrate to Manitoba, both through Express Entry and outside Express Entry:
- Skilled Worker applicants eligible for a federal economic immigration program can enter the Express Entry pool. Manitoba may select candidates from the this pool;
- Skilled Worker applicants are also encouraged to apply directly to MPNP. MPNP may then select candidates and instruct them to enter the federal Express Entry pool, if they have not already done so; or
- MPNP will continue to nominate applicants directly through the existing skilled worker and business categories. Provincial nominees will not need to apply through Express Entry, but will instead submit a separate and complete application for PR to CIC after they have been approved as a MPN.