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.

Provinces and territories have various streams in their PNPs, but they tend to fall into 5 areas:

  • skilled workers
  • semi-skilled workers
  • business/investors
  • international student graduates
  • community supported

Applicants must show they can establish themselves economically in the province they’ve been nominated by. IRCC is responsible for ensuring that nominees meet admissibility requirements (medical, criminal and security checks).

Hiring a provincial nominee using the paper process

What the applicant needs to do

If you want to hire a provincial nominee, they must

  • receive a nomination from a province or territory
  • apply for permanent residence though the non-Express Entry stream of the provincial nominee program.

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The applicant may need to give biometrics with their application. This processing time includes the time they need to give biometrics.

What you need to do to hire a provincial nominee

To hire a candidate through the non-Express Entry stream, you can

  1. find eligible candidates by working with the province or territory you want to hire a candidate from
    or
  2. ask the candidate you want to hire to apply under the PNP
    1. The candidate must contact the province to find out if they’re eligible to receive a nomination under the PNP.

Hiring a provincial nominee candidate through the Express Entry system

Provinces and territories can nominate a certain number of skilled workers to meet local immigration and labour market needs through the Express Entry system.

What the applicant needs to do

If you want to hire a provincial nominee through Express Entry, they must meet the criteria of at least 1 of the 3 federal immigration programs to enter the pool.

If the applicant meets the criteria for at least one of the programs under Express Entry, they must then complete the following steps:

  1. complete an online profile
  2. meet the criteria to get into the pool of candidates
  3. get a nomination from a province or a territory under one of the PNP Express Entry streams
    • They must update their profile to show they’ve been nominated.
  4. receive an invitation to apply
    • Having a nomination usually gives the candidate enough points to be selected in the next round of invitations to apply for permanent residence.
  5. apply for permanent residence

Processing time ?

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The applicant may need to give biometrics with their application. This processing time includes the time they need to give biometrics.

What you need to do to hire

As an employer, if you want to work with a province or territory to nominate a skilled worker through Express Entry, you have a few options:

  1. You may be able to work with your province or territory to find eligible candidates through their Express Entry portal.
  2. 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.
  3. You may be able to tell your province or territory that you want to hire a candidate through the Express Entry system.

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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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