Provincial Nominee Programs: New Opportunities

The first quarter of 2019 has gone by and recent modifications to Saskatchewan’s list of in-demand occupations are a constant reminder of the fact that Canada’s provincial nominee programs are constantly changing. Provincial Nominee Programs or PNPs, allow participating territories and provinces of Canada to nominates a particular number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian PR every year. Every PNP has its own eligibility criteria to invite potential migrants.

The provinces have been playing an important role in Canada’s immigration strategy in recent years and this trend is set to continue under Canada’s latest multi-year immigration levels plan. The admissions in the provincial nominee program for the year 2019-2021 are scheduled to increase every year from 61,000 in 2019 to 71,300 in 2021. This article looks at the latest key Provincial Nominee Program developments that have taken place this year:


The Saskatchewan province revised its In-Demand Occupations List for enhanced International Skilled Worker: Express Entry sub-stream and it’s base International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand sub-stream for Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The update saw the list of in-demand occupations increased from 20 to 24, with the addition of Thirteen (13) new occupations and the removal of nine (9) occupations in the NOC. Up till now, Saskatchewan has granted a total of 817 invitations in the course of these five draws so far in 2019.


The province of Ontario earlier revealed that it will be able to pick a record of 6,900 economic immigration applicants for Canadian Permanent residence in 2019. The nominations are granted through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s various immigration routes inclusive of three Express Entry-aligned enhanced nomination categories. Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities category alone has issued 1,493 invitations to apply for provincial nomination so far. The Masters Graduate category has also been active resulting in 1,000 new registrations from a person with a Master’s Degree obtained at a designated university in Ontario.

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia province is attracting accountants or financial auditors to apply for Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program under Express Entry-aligned Labour Market Priorities Stream. The January, 24th draw was conducted for Accountants or Financial Auditors who have submitted their Express Entry profile on or after July 1, 2018, and possessed an Express Entry ranking score between 400 and 450 were invited to apply. Another Labour Market Priorities category draw was conducted on 20th March for Express Entry applicants who had French as their first language.


The two new routes were included to both the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas category for Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The Manitoba province has continued to grant invitations under its existing requirements for the skilled workers overseas stream. Thus, with an increasing number of invitations planned for potential immigrants under Provincial Nominee Programs, it is best to apply for any of the provinces to settle in the country on a permanent basis.