Can a province nominate me?

With some of Canada’s territories and provinces still experiencing significant skill shortages in specific areas, the Canadian federal government has negotiated specific agreements relating to employer and capital investment needs for each area.

Individual nominee programs

Most Canadian provinces have individual nominee programs to encourage the skilled migrants they need to settle in their province. This option is ideal for those migrants wanting a faster and smoother visa processing time as it can expedite the process once nominated by a province.

Those who use the Provincial Nominee Program to move to Canada must have the skills, education and experience needed to make an economic contribution to the province that nominates them. They must also be ready to become permanent residents in Canada.

How do I become a provincial nominee?

In order to migrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to your province of choice and then complete the nomination process.

Each province or territory has its own nomination procedures. Once an applicant has been nominated by a province or territory, he or she must make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence.

Applicants under this program are given preference over other visa applicants. You can use the Provincial Nominee Program either as a skilled worker who has a job offer, or as someone planning to start a business. Individual businesses can also use this scheme if they can prove they have needed to source offshore skills to meet the needs of their business.

Once you have been successfully nominated by a province, you will receive a certificate of provincial nomination. A copy of this certificate will be sent directly to the visa office by the province or territory so it is not required for you to submit a copy of your certificate with your application.

Eligible provinces:

  • Alberta
  • Nova Scotia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Yukon
  • Prince Edward Island

Completing the application

The Canadian visa office where applications need to be submitted will differ according to your country of residence. All questions on the application form must be answered completely and truthfully. Incomplete application packages will not be processed and will be returned. The visa office cannot process applications if the supporting documentation or processing fees are missing, or if forms are not completed and signed.

Each of the following forms must be completed:

Do I need an immigration representative?

Many applicants choose to hire professional assistance. Immigration representatives offer immigration advice and/or assistance. It is not compulsory to hire a representative and the Canada government will not discriminate if one has not be used.

There is also no guarantee that your application will be approved if a representative is used. If you choose to use a representative, you must also complete and submit the Use of a Representative form.

The fees

The processing fee for applicants and any dependants must be paid on application. This fee is not refundable.

If applicable, wait until the application is processed to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee for accompanying spouse or common-law partner. It must be paid before Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues a permanent resident visa. This fee is refundable if the application is cancelled, not approved, or if the visa is not used.

Additional fees:

  • Medical examinations
  • Police certificates, if applicable
  • Language testing
Information on how to pay the processing fee and Right of Permanent Residence fee will be included in the instructions for the visa office where the application is submitted. Calculate your application fees in Canadian dollars through a CIC website application.

Get a job offer

A job offer will be needed to utilise this scheme, so apply for a job here.

Additional assistance

Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers a downloadable Guide for provincial nominees free on its website. Follow this guide to ensure all necessary steps are taken during the application process.


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