Express Entry Opens The Gate To Some Of The Canada’s PNP Immigration Streams.

Published on : Sat, Jun 04 2022     256

PNPs that have been enhanced are listed by province. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Canada was established to welcome low-income immigrants to the country.

The PNP is the major economic-class immigration program for this year and the following year, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024. In past years, Express Entry was the most popular immigration route.

Except for Nunavut and Quebec, almost every province and territory has its own PNP. At least one immigration stream in each country is linked to the Express Entry system.

How enhanced PNPs work

An upgraded PNP is one that has been aligned with Express Entry.

Candidates must first be eligible for one of the Express Entry-managed programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Program, in order to receive an enhanced PNP.

The province may send an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination to an Express Entry candidate who meets the PNP's eligibility standards. An Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency is not the same as a nomination. Candidates reply to the invitation by submitting a nomination application to the province.

Express Entry candidates who successfully get a nomination from an enhanced PNP will have 600 CRS points added to their base score, effectively ensuring that they will receive an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry round of invitations.

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PNP qualifying criteria, in general, include things like work experience, education, and language proficiency. Affordable settlement funds and a desire to relocate to the nominating province are frequently required. Here's a rundown of Canada's upgraded PNPs, along with descriptions of some of the characteristics that may qualify you for each.


Human Capital Priorities

Under Ontario's Human Capital Priorities Stream, Express Entry candidates who are eligible for either the FSWP or the CEC may be invited. Rounds of invitations will be held by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), inviting possibly qualified Express Entry candidates to submit for a nomination. Candidates with work experience in particular in-demand occupations may be targeted for these draws. Ontario inaugurated Tech Draws in 2019, where the province invites people with job experience in six in-demand tech occupations on a regular basis.

Skilled Trades Stream       

The Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream in Ontario is a route for skilled trades individuals who have worked in a qualifying trade. Candidates must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in one of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system's Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 occupations.

Candidates must also reside in Ontario and have a valid work permit. Candidates must have a license or certification from the Ontario College of Trades in addition to other requirements.

French-Speaking Skilled Worker

Candidates for the FSWP and CEC who have high French and English skills may be eligible for nomination through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. Candidates must also have completed a bachelor's degree in Canada or overseas. It is not necessary to be in Ontario at the time of application, but you must show that you intend to stay in the province.


Alberta Express Entry Stream

The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) provides Express Entry candidates with immigration options. 

Candidates in the Express Entry system who have a CRS score of at least 300 and are currently employed in an appropriate occupation are eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway

Express Entry candidates working in Alberta's technology industry or who have accepted a job offer in one of 38 qualifying tech occupations are eligible for the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway.


The province's Express Entry stream includes the following British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program immigration sub-categories.

Skilled Worker

People who have received an eligible job offer in a skilled occupation and have several years of experience in that skilled occupation fall into the Skilled Worker category.

Healthcare Professional

Express Entry candidates who have experience and eligible employment offer as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, or allied health professionals may apply in this category.

International Graduate

This category is for international students who have just graduated from a qualifying Canadian institution or college. Express Entry candidates must have a job offer from a BC employer to be considered for this sub-category.

International Post-Graduate

Graduates holding Master or Doctoral certifications in natural, applied, or wellbeing sciences from authorized instructive establishments in British Columbia fall into this gathering. This sub-category does not require a job offer to apply.


Candidates who match the qualifying criteria and have expertise in a Manitoba Occupation in Demand and are eligible under another Manitoba immigration stream are eligible to apply for Manitoba Express Entry.


Saskatchewan Express Entry

Express Entry individuals with work experience in a Saskatchewan in-demand occupation are eligible for the Saskatchewan Express Entry program.

Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway

Express Entry candidates with an employment offer in an approved tech occupation in Saskatchewan PNP can apply for the Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway. Candidates must have completed at least one year of qualifying work experience in the previous five years, or six months if they are already employed in Saskatchewan by the firm that is providing them a position.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

If you have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in Nova Scotia within the last three years, you may be eligible for the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry program. Candidates must have a high school diploma or better and be between the ages of 21 and 55, among other requirements.

International Graduates in Demand

Express Entry candidates with employment proposals as nurses’ aides, orderlies, patient service associates (NOC 3413), as well as early childhood educators and assistants, should apply to the Nova Scotia International Graduates in Demand stream (NOC 4214). Candidates must have completed a 30-week course of study within the last three years to be considered. The program must have been completed in Nova Scotia for at least half of the time.

Labour Market Priorities

You must meet the precise eligibility conditions in a Nova Scotia Nominee Program draw to be eligible for the Labour Market Priorities Stream. You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia, in addition to satisfying the work experience requirements for the Express Entry-managed program for which you are eligible.

Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

Candidates for Express Entry under the Labour Market Priorities for Physicians must have a job offer as a general practitioner, family physician, or specialized physician from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre (NOC 3111 or NOC 3112). Candidates must also sign a Return for Service Agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, committing to stay in the province for two years.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Express Entry

Candidates for the FSWP, CEC, or FSTP in Prince Edward Island must be eligible for the FSWP, CEC, or FSTP and have a valid Express Entry profile. Candidates must also have an active Expression of Interest profile in PEI's system.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Express Entry

On May 20, the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream was suspended until further notice, according to a government of New Brunswick webpage.

Express Entry candidates who live in the province and have a Job Seeker Validation Code or proof of enrolment in a Post-Graduation Work Permit-qualified program at a federally-designated post-secondary institution are eligible for this immigration program.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Express Entry Skilled Worker

The Express Entry Skilled Worker category in Newfoundland and Labrador provides a path for skilled professionals with employment offers. Candidates must also get a PNP points evaluation grid score of at least 67 out of 100. Depending on the candidate's occupation, there are also minimum work experience requirements.

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Express Entry

Northwest Territories Express Entry candidates with employment offers in the Northwest Territories are eligible for this PNP. Candidates must also have demonstrated a desire to relocate to the territory.


Yukon Express Entry

If you have a full-time employment offer in the territory, you can apply for a nomination through Yukon Express Entry. They must also show they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their families.


Enhanced PNPs allow Express Entry candidates to jump to the front of the line for an ITA while also supporting provincial demographic and economic growth plans. A provincial nomination can make all the difference for some.

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