Hire a provincial nominee

Under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), provinces and territories can nominate people who meet specific local labour market needs for permanent residence. Details about each PNP can be found on provincial and territorial government immigration websites.

Regular PNP nominations are processed within the current service standard of 11 months, in 80 percent of cases. PNP nominations that are processed through the Express Entry system will be processed in 6 months or less, in 80 percent of cases.

Provinces and territories have various streams in their PNPs, but they tend to fall into five areas:

  • skilled workers,
  • semi-skilled workers,
  • business/investors,
  • international student graduates, and
  • family or community connections.

Most PNPs include one or more employer-driven streams, which let employers nominate workers who meet provincial or territorial nomination requirements. These may include certain jobs, education, work experience, official language skills and age.

Applicants must show they can establish themselves economically in that province. CIC is responsible for ensuring that nominees meet admissibility requirements (i.e., medical, criminal and security checks).

As of January 1, 2015, provinces and territories can also nominate a certain number of skilled workers through the Express Entry system to meet local immigration and labour market needs.

These people have to complete an online profile, meet the criteria to get into the pool of candidates, and obtain a nomination from a province or a territory under one of the PNP Express Entry streams.

As an employer, if you want to work with a province or territory to nominate a skilled worker using this system, you have a few options:

  • You may be able to work with your province or territory to find eligible candidates through their Express Entry portal.
  • If you find a candidate you want to hire and who is not already in the pool, you can ask them to apply under the PNP and complete an Express Entry profile.
  • As with the current PNP process, you may be able to tell your province or territory that you want to hire a candidate.

If a province or territory nominates an Express Entry candidate, they need to update their profile to reflect this. (If the candidate already has a nomination at the time they create their profile, they are told to include that information.)

If a candidate is nominated by a province or territory, they will get enough points in their Express Entry ranking to ensure that they are invited by us to apply for permanent residence at the next eligible round of invitations. After being invited, they would submit an electronic application for permanent residence to us.

Note: Any candidate you want to hire through Express Entry (whether PNP applicants or not) must meet the criteria of at least one of the three federal immigration programs in order to enter the pool. They are

  • the Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
  • the Canadian Experience Class.


Employers’ roadmap

This roadmap is a guide for employers of small to medium-sized enterprises who are interested in hiring foreign workers.

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