Canada is renowned for its stunning landscapes, strong economy, high quality of life, and diversified population. Moreover, it has a rich immigration history and a reputation for being exceptionally welcoming, making it a top choice for immigrants worldwide. If you are considering moving to Canada, the Provincial Nomination Certificate (PNC) program can be an excellent choice for you.

Although getting a nomination certificate from a province or territory is a popular way to move to Canada. There are many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), each with its own rules.

In this guide, you will understand how to get a provincial nomination certificate, navigating you to understand its requirements and important information.

What is a nomination certificate in Canada?

A Provincial Nomination Certificate (PNC) is a document issued by a Canadian province or territory that nominates you for permanent residency in Canada. To be eligible for a PNC, you must meet the economic and social needs of the province or territory.

How to get a provincial nomination certificate

Each Canadian province has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with various streams, making it challenging to determine your eligibility. The requirements for these streams often change, so researching and monitoring all programs you qualify for is essential. 

However, the effort is worth it, as a provincial nominee certificate allows you to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

If you apply through a provincial stream aligned with Express Entry, you gain an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, ensuring an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Base PNPs are also available for candidates without an Express Entry profile, allowing direct permanent residence status application with a provincial nomination certificate.

While each PNP is unique, there are general guidelines for obtaining a provincial nomination certificate in Ontario or any other provinces:

Experience in an in-demand occupation

Many Canadian provinces have a PNP stream dedicated to inviting foreign workers and employees with certain occupation experience. These programs assist provinces in dealing with labor shortages. The jobs considered ‘in-demand’ vary by province and over time. Monitoring these lists for all provinces that provide in-demand occupation streams can be the best approach to obtaining a nomination certificate from a province or territory.

Business streams

Some provinces give provincial nominations to applicants who want to own and operate a business in the province. To qualify for these types of streams, you often need to have managerial experience and a minimum personal net worth. 

Employer Job Offer in Occupation In-Demand

Provinces offers immigration pathways for candidates with experience in high-demand occupations and possess a job offer from an employer within that occupation. 

Other ways to get a provincial nomination

Some provinces establish additional provincial nomination pathways to align with their immigration objectives. 

For example, Ontario aims to boost its intake of French-speaking newcomers, making candidates with strong French language skills eligible for the Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, making way for Ontario nomination certificates for eligible candidates.

Furthermore, with its major agricultural sector, Saskatchewan provides a provincial nomination program for individuals with farming expertise who are keen on owning, operating, or investing in a farm within the province.

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At Chaudhary Law Office, we understand that the process of obtaining a nomination certificate from a province or territory can be complex and time-consuming. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of immigration services to help you navigate the system and increase your chances of confirmation of nomination in Canada.

Our team of experienced immigration lawyers can help you with all aspects of the PNC process, from choosing the right program to meeting the eligibility requirements to submitting a complete and accurate application. We will discuss every single detail of your case and develop a tailored plan to help you achieve your immigration goals.

Contact us at 416-447-6118 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you obtain a Provincial Nomination Certificate. 


How long does it take to get a Provincial Nomination Certificate?

The processing time for a PNC can vary depending on the specific provincial program you apply through, the number of applications in the queue, and other factors. It’s advisable to check the processing times provided by the provincial government to get an estimate.

Who is eligible for the Provincial Nomination Certificate?

Eligibility criteria for a PNC vary by province and territory. However, common factors include having the necessary work experience, job offers, or family connections within the province. Meeting these criteria is essential for its eligibility.

Does provincial nomination guarantee PR?

While a Provincial Nomination Certificate is a significant step towards obtaining PR in Canada, it doesn’t guarantee it. Once you have the certificate, you must apply for Permanent Residency to the federal government. Your application will be evaluated according to federal immigration criteria, and if successful, you will be granted PR status.

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