Most of the provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada which allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. Persons wishing to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee must first apply to the province where they want to settle and complete the provincial nomination process. The province will consider application based on its immigration needs and the genuine intention of the applicant to settle there.
The criteria for provincial nomination are determined by the individual provinces and territories, they can change without notice.
The persons who wish to immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program must have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them.
Following is a list of the provinces and territories currently participating in this program. The criteria vary among the provinces and territories.
· Newfoundland and Labrador
· British Columbia
· New Brunswick
· Nova Scotia
· Prince Edward Island
· Northwest Territories
Once you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. CIC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration regulations.
You will have to pass a medical examination, security and criminal checks and you must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada.
Provincial nominees are not assessed on the six selection factors of the Federal Skilled Workers Program.