Wondering how to know when various Canadian provinces open their PNP invitations? If yes, then this article will explain just that. Going further, you will learn more about Canada’s provinces and territories, including services to help you settle and resources for Francophone immigrants.
But first, let’s get to know the top Canadian Provinces and Territories.
Canadian Provinces and Territories
We have 10 Canadian provinces, with three territories to the north. With no order of listing, the top 10 provinces are as follows.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The other 3 territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.
According to Wiki, the Canadian provinces and territories are sub-national divisions within the geographical areas of Canada under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Constitution.
In the 1867 Canadian Confederation, three provinces of British North America—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada (which upon Confederation was divided into Ontario and Quebec)—were united to form a federated colony, becoming a sovereign nation in the next century.
Over its history, Canada’s international borders have changed several times, and the country has grown from the original four provinces to the current ten provinces and three territories. Together, the provinces and territories make up the world’s second-largest country by area.
Understanding the Differences: Canadian Provinces and Territories
‘Province’ and ‘territory’ refer to the major political units of Canada.
The main difference between a province and a territory has to do with its governance. Basically, the territories have delegated powers under the authority of the Parliament of Canada; they are grouped together and ruled by the federal government.
Meanwhile, the provinces can exercise constitutional powers in their own right. This imbalance of power is gradually being rectified, with local decision-making powers being granted to the territories – tripsavvy.
Top 10+ Canadian Provinces with their PNP Invitation Websites
The only way to find out the PNP invitation of any Canadian province is checking their websites for accurate information.
With that being the case, I will go on to list the top 10+ Canadian Provinces & communities with their PNP invitation websites.
1. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta.
Nominees must have skills and abilities to fill job shortages in Alberta, and be able to provide for their families. The program is run by both the Alberta government and the federal government.
If a person is nominated through the program, they may apply for permanent residence status together with their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children.
This application for permanent residence is managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The federal government makes final decisions on these applications.
Program nominees must meet the following federal checks to be eligible for a permanent resident visa:
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
2. The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
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.
British Columbia’s Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
British Columbia’s Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
3. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
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 her province.
The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers.
They select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labor market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.
Manitoba Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Manitoba Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
4. New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream
The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is designed for Foreign Nationals who possess the skills, education and work experience needed to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy.
Candidates must meet the program’s minimum eligibility requirements, have a genuine offer of employment from a New Brunswick Employer and have the full intent to live and work in the province on a permanent basis.
This program will also help New Brunswick employers, unable to fill job vacancies with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, recruit foreign nationals and international graduates whose skills are needed in the province.
Brunswick Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Brunswick Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
5. Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia ZSANS recognizes the key role of immigrants in Canadian society. They work with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada.
Also, they provide a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia was created by the merger of Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA) and Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (HILC) – together we have a combined experience of over fifty years serving immigrants in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Nova Scotia Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
6. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Ontario’s vibrant multiculturalism and varied landscapes make this a great place to live and to visit.
Ontario is a study in contrasts. The varied landscape includes the vast, rocky and mineral-rich Canadian Shield, which separates the fertile farmland in the south and the grassy lowlands of the north.
Here are some key facts about Ontario:
- Ontario’s more than 250,000 lakes contain about one-fifth of the world’s fresh water
- in summer, temperatures can soar above 30°C (86°F), while in winter they can drop below -40°C (-40°F)
Ontario and the North American market
Ontario lies in the core of the North American Free Trade area, which includes more than 460 million people and generates a combined gross domestic product of more than $18 trillion (purchasing power parity, current international $).
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
7. Prince Edward Island
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.
Her 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 (PEI) Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Prince Edward Island (PEI) Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
8. Québec Immigrant Nominee Program
Each year, Québec receives thousands of immigrants whose skills respond to particular market needs and make it easier for them to find work. Perhaps you could also have this opportunity.
Why choose Québec?
Because immigrants to Québec find good job opportunities and one of the best qualities of life in the world—both in urban centres and outlying regions.
Because in Québec you can achieve your goals, push your limits and expand your horizons.
Because Québec allows you to lead a full life. It’s as simple as that!
Québec Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Québec Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
9. Immigrating and Moving to Saskatchewan
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.
Also, it offers many business opportunities in priority sectors such as agri-value, manufacturing, and technology.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
10. Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) allows the Province to nominate applicants who meet established criteria, for Permanent Resident Status. The NLPNP offers:
- An efficient immigration process for qualified skilled workers, international graduates and their families who wish to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador; and
- Assistance from provincial Immigration Program Development Officers who are available to explain the program requirements, and guide applicants throughout the application process.
Newfoundland and Labrador may nominate up to 1,050 individuals annually through the NLPNP, through the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Express Entry-Skilled Worker categories.
Newfoundland and Labrador Immigrant Nominee Program Website/Updates: Click here.
Newfoundland and Labrador Immigrant Nominee Program News: Click here.
How To Immigrate As A Provincial Nominee – Paper Process
These instructions are for stage 2 of the application process.
First, you must decide where you want to live in Canada and apply to that province or territory for a nomination. They will review your application based on:
- their immigration needs and
- if you really plan to live there
After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for permanent residence. From there they’ll assess your application based on Canadian immigration law.
The Processing Time for Provincial Nominee Program
The Ideal time frame is 15 to 19 months. However, the processing times will vary based on:
- the type of application submitted
- if the application is complete
- how quickly we expect to process applications we’ve already received
- how easily we can verify your information
- how long you take to respond to any requests or concerns
- other factors
Kindly note that you may need to give biometrics with your application. This processing time includes the time you need to give your biometrics.
Final Note: How can I know when Canadian provinces open their PNP Invitation?
This information above is for applicants to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
If a province or territory nominates you through an Express Entry stream, it will be listed on your nomination certificate. You can confirm this with the province or territory using the various websites we’ve listed out for you.
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