Provincial Pathways to Canada Immigration

Provincial Pathways to Canada Immigration - Akkam Overseas

Express Entry System manages the three main economic immigration classes, “Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class”. It uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank all the visa applications from the Express Entry pool of candidates. The candidates with the highest rank will receive the Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Provincial nomination and can thus apply for Canada Permanent Residency. Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow the Provinces and Territories of Canada to nominate the candidates who wish for Canada immigration. Applicants will receive an additional 600 points on getting a provincial nomination from the province. PNPs are valuable pathways to Canada PR. There are various PNPs. Let’s look below the different PNPs in Canada.

Different Provincial Pathways to Canada Immigration

British Columbia

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is the PNP program in BC. To be eligible for BC PNP, the candidate must have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from a BC’s employer and the job should be of NOC O, A, or B category.


Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is the immigration program in Alberta. To be eligible for AINP, the candidate must have a profile in the Express Entry Pool. The candidate needs to meet all eligibility criteria of either the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, or the Canadian Experience Class.

AINP issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to the selected candidates.


The Human Capital Priorities Stream of Ontario is the most popular stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). To be eligible, the candidate must have their profile in the Express Entry Pool and have an educational qualification equivalent to the bachelors of Canada. They also need to have proficiency in English or French language with at least CLB 7.

Candidates who wish to immigrate through this stream must have the intention of settling down in Ontario permanently. OINP is now issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to the selected candidates.

Prince Edward Island

PEI PNP’s eligibility criteria involve the candidates to have their profile in the Express Entry Pool and meet the criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Class.


The Occupations In-Demand and the International Skilled Worker-Express Entry categories under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) have recently started using the Expression of Interest (EOI) System. The candidates should score a minimum of 60 points on the factors like education, age, English language proficiency, and work experience. They should score a minimum of CLB 5 on all the 4 bands of IELTS exam for eligibility. They also must have 1-year work experience on an occupation from the In-Demand Occupations list.

SINP is currently accepting applications.

Nova Scotia

A new stream was launched on 8th Aug 2018 in Nova Scotia that has targeted the early childhood educators. It will add more occupations in the future. The candidates who want to be eligible, must have a positive Education Credential Assessment and at least 1-year full-time work experience in any one of the 16 occupations on the In-Demand Occupations List of Nova Scotia. The candidates need to have a CLB score of 7 on IELTS or the same in CELPIP. Nova Scotia is not accepting occupations currently. The candidates need to meet the criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

Nova Scotia is not accepting application right now.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick PNP is accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the candidates employed in Bew Brunswick currently. It’ accepting the applications under its PNP Express Entry labour Market Stream. The candidates must have French language ability and need to prove the same by preparing for TEF.


If the candidates want to be eligible under Manitoba PNP, then they must have a support in Manitoba (family/friend). The supporter must be a Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizen and must be living in Manitoba for the past 1 year and must support the settlement plan of the candidate.

The candidate must have a work experience of 1 year for full-time in recent 5 years. They should have the education as recognized by an Educational Credential Assessment. NOC category (O, A, and B) requires CLB 5 in IELTS and NOC category (C and D) requires CLB score of 4 in IELTS.

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