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Provincial Nominee Programs

Each province or territories in Canada have their own Immigration Stream through which they select candidates that meet a certain criteria. The criteria include candidates who have stayed in the province for purpose of:

Click on each of the links below to find brief information on each of the provinces immigration program and the qualifying criteria. Please note all these programs are subject to change and to get updated information, call us on +1 416 628 7077 or email us on info@universalimmigration.com

Alberta

Alberta

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages in Alberta or be planning to buy or start a business here. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.

Upon nomination through the program, the candidate may apply for permanent residence status together with their spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.

AINP has the following streams for the Immigration process. Choose a stream to find out how to get nominated:

Streams for workers

The AINP has 2 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work here:

Alberta Opportunity Stream - Qualified candidates who live and work in Alberta and have a job offer from an Alberta employer can apply for an AINP nomination.

Alberta Express Entry Stream - Qualified candidates with an Express Entry profile may be invited by AINP to apply for nomination for permanent residence.

Streams for entrepreneurs

The AINP has 2 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province:

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream - International graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Self-Employed Farmer Stream - Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.

British Columbia

British Columbia is a fantastic place to live, work and study. People from around the world have moved here to pursue new lives in our welcoming and beautiful province. Our diverse, strong and growing economy is creating many opportunities for individuals and businesses.

British Columbia’s economic growth depends on having enough skilled and qualified people to meet labour market needs. The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in B.C.

Explore the range of immigration programs British Columbia offers under their PNP :

BC – PNP Skills Immigration

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. The process involves registering and applying online for the BC PNP and a paper application process for permanent residency.

Candidates may not need prior work experience for some categories. Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered.


BC – PNP Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. The candidates must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system, and is an entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BC PNP and permanent residency process.

Candidates do not require B.C. work experience. However, they must have relevant work experience as well as meet other requirements such as education and language.

BC PNP – Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a path to immigrate to Canada and settle in B.C. for experienced entrepreneurs who can support innovation and economic growth in the province.

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who want to actively manage a business in B.C. It is a points-based invitation system. Applicants must have the required personal and investment funds.

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot is for entrepreneurs who want to start a new business in participating regional communities across B.C.

Options are also available for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees.

Manitoba

Each year some 15,000 people from countries all over the world move to Manitoba, finding in this Canadian province new jobs and careers, friendly communities and affordable family living. Newcomers choose Manitoba for many reasons. Some choose Manitoba to be closer to family, some for employment opportunities, and for others it is an attraction to a part of Canada that is not too big and not too small.

Manitoba immigrants are succeeding! According to a recent survey, 85 per cent of Manitoba provincial nominees were working three months after arrival, 76 per cent were homeowners within five years and 95 per cent of families settle permanently in the community, making Manitoba their new home.

Whether you simply want to visit Manitoba to explore our rich cultural history and natural beauty, come to Manitoba to work temporarily or immigrate to our province through one of the available options, including the world-renowned Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, in this section you will find everything you need to know to be successful.

Skilled Worker Stream

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) seeks recent graduates, skilled workers, businesspeople and their families with the intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as permanent residents. Manitoba makes it easy to immigrate and settle in our province.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. There are two streams:

International Education Stream

The new International Education Stream (IES) for Manitoba graduates is dedicated to providing international students graduating in Manitoba and meeting the needs of industry faster pathways to nomination.

There are three pathways:

Note: If you are an international student who graduated in another province of Canada, you will not be eligible under this stream but may be eligible under the renewed Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream.

Business Investor Stream

The renewed Business Investor Stream will replace the current PNP-B business immigration category. BIS allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who have the intent and ability to start or purchase businesses in Manitoba. Applicants will no longer be required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba government.

There are two pathways:

New Brunswick

Located on Canada’s east coast along the Atlantic Ocean, New Brunswick offers a distinct way of life and exciting career opportunities. The province of New Brunswick values the experiences and skills of newcomers. The provincial immigration programs allow the Government of New Brunswick to nominate individuals with the greatest ability to become economically established in New Brunswick. These are economic immigration programs and are not intended for family reunification, protected persons or for humanitarian and compassionate reasons.

The programs under New Brunswick PNP are as follows:

Newfoundland & Labrador

The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador is a five-year action plan for increasing immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a province-wide plan, it outlines the actions the province’s population will take collectively to attract and retain immigrants who have the skills needed to build and contribute to the Newfoundland and Labrador economy, how the residents will support and welcome them to urban, rural and remote communities and how Government and its partners will encourage Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living abroad to return to their home province. The PNP programs under this province are:


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia offers a quality of life that is disappearing in much of North America, allowing its residents to keep everything in perspective: work, family, relaxation and responsibility. Nova Scotia is fortunate to be surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling sea, lush green forests, lakes and farmland. All of this combined with the growing cities and low cost of living, makes Nova Scotia one of the most enjoyable places to live in Canada.

Once you are ready to move to beautiful Nova Scotia you will want to apply to a Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream. Through the NSNP, prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate. Review the different NSNP streams to determine if you qualify:


Ontario

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the province’s economic immigration program. It works in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education apply to the OINP for a nomination.

The OINP recognizes and nominates people for permanent residence who have the skills and experience the Ontario economy needs, and the Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence. Demand for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is strong. The Federal Government allocated a total of 7,350 nominations for Ontario in 2019. These numbers are expected to rise each year giving opportunities for more applicants who seek to make Ontario as their home for their livelihood.

There are multiple ways you may qualify for a nomination:

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is Canada's smallest province located on the east coast of North America. This is an ideal place to study, live, work and raise a family. PEI offers rewarding career opportunities and a business community that is supportive of entrepreneurs. Students come to PEI from more than 60 countries to experience first-rate education. Their higher education programs are meeting the demands for a skilled workforce with industry-specific programs and degrees in diverse fields.

PEI's population is growing. New people are coming to the province, bringing new ideas and possibilities and contributing to our social and economic fabric.

Prince Edward Island welcomes about 1,000 newcomers each year. A number of community agencies provide settlement services focused on employment programs, language training and welcoming communities.

For information on the PEI Provincial Nominee Program, please click the links below:

Saskatchewan

The Province of Saskatchewan offers all newcomers a high quality of life, a strong sense of community and employment opportunities, making it a great place for you and your family to call home.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is a way to immigrate to Canada. Through the SINP, the Province of Saskatchewan:

  •   Invites residency applications from non-Canadians who want to make Saskatchewan their home
  •   Nominates successful applicants to the federal government for permanent residency in Canada

The SINP is only one of the steps toward becoming a permanent resident in Saskatchewan. All approved applicants must also apply for residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Canadian Immigration Commission.

Three SINP program categories you can apply to:

Yukon Territory

Yukon business owners can use the PNP program to hire foreign workers when their business can't fill a permanent full-time job with a Canadian or permanent resident. Foreign workers can bring a spouse or common-law partner and dependent children under the age of 18 to Yukon, if approved by Immigration Canada.

Under the Yukon Nominee program, there are 4 streams the candidates can choose to apply.