PNP Worker Stream



Although the federal government is in charge of Immigration for Canada (with certain exceptions in relation to Quebec) the government allows the provinces the ability to “nominate” people they wish to come to settle in their province. These programs are called PNP or “Provincial Nominee Programs”. There are different streams in these programs with most provinces having a Skilled Worker stream where they allow workers to apply to immigrate to Canada for occupations that have labor shortages or are in demand. These programs are open to people who are working in different jobs already in the province or for people who are going to immigrate to the province.

Although going through the PNP route adds an extra step in terms of the government application, it can have better success rates for certain categories of immigration.


These programs are constantly changing and are different for each province. As such, we have chosen not to list the requirements here as they are very specific and the information is quite dynamic, in that it changes regularly. At the time of writing, you can either apply through a paper-based process or through the Express Entry process. You can check the requirements for each province or territory at the link here.



Being part of the PNP program is an excellent pathway to Canada. It allows for people who would in some circumstances not qualify for Permanent Residency to apply and be successful with their application. If you are open to moving to any location in Canada, you can use this to settle in certain provinces or territories. Certain PNP streams target skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, students, or businesspeople. In becoming a permanent resident, you can do anything that a Canadian citizen can do except vote or join the military. Additionally, this will entitle you to all the other benefits extended to all Canadians and permanent residents. You will be able to apply for tax and government benefits, universal healthcare, and travel with more freedoms to countries without needing a Visa. Additionally, after you satisfy the residency requirements as a PR (stay in Canada for 3 out of 4 years) you can then apply for Canadian Citizenship.


While everyone’s case and circumstances are different, there are some common traps, pitfalls, and misconceptions when it comes to applying under this program. Here are some general and common ones we have experienced and encountered throughout the years:

This is not true as you will need to be nominated by a certain province or territory and many people do not, for various reasons. They will search through the pool of candidates and contact you or you can also apply to them directly. That being said, not receiving a nomination is no indication of your skills nor is it an indicator of whether you will get invited to permanent residence, as you can get invited for another program.

You have the option to ignore or decline the nomination. By doing this, you will not be eligible for PNP unless there is another nomination. You will have 30 days to make a decision.

You will remain in the EE pool until the validity of one year or you may be invited to apply for PR under another eligible program such as CEC.

You can be lucky enough to receive multiple nominations for different provinces such as Alberta and Ontario. However, once you get the invitation to apply for PR, you can only apply for one province so you must narrow down your decision and select one.

This is subjective as everyone has different goals and settlement plans in Canada. While certain provinces such as Ontario and British Columbia are the leading areas with the greatest number of immigrants arriving in the recent years, this does not mean you have to go there. Furthermore, each program will have their own criteria and streams, which may fit you.


We understand that information can be found on the Internet, but it never tells the “whole story” related to your personalized situation. As well there are lots of consultant, lawyers, and scammers out there that seems to make this more confusing that this actually is. Our value to you is that we simplify and direct this process for you from the start to the end of your immigration journey. We will guide you and provide:

  • Affordable service with varying payment terms for the Express Entry process
  • Comprehensive, consolidated documents required for the process, including information and tips that can’t be found on the IRCC website
  • Personalized immigration advice and solutions that are tailored to your case
  • Collaboration with a licensed immigration consultant who will communicate and represent your case on your behalf
  • Support and Assistance through every stage of the process, from the application, the landing and settlement in Canada.


A: Accepting a nomination will give you a maximum of 600 points.

A: No. This notification of interest is a letter that only tells you your options and is not the same as a nomination. It does not guarantee you will be nominated.

A: No, you can get an ITA and apply under a PR program without a nomination. It depends on your case and the current state of the EE draws. 600 points does maximize your chances of being picked however if your other points are high enough compared to the other average points, then you will likely receive an ITA without one.

A: There might be some confusion with the nomination process. If you’re applying under EE for example, you must first apply under the EE pool. Once you receive a nomination, you will need to accept it and apply for the requirements of the program, as per the province/territory. You will then be awarded the 600 additional points which will help you get the invitation to apply. You will receive a paper copy of your nomination certificate. From then on, you can apply for PR under the stream you were invited for.

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