The Provincial Nominee Class

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Regulation 87(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that:

87 {1) For the purposes of subsection 12{2) of the Act, the provincial nominee class is hereby prescribed as a class of persons who may become permanent residents on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada.

Member of the class

(2) A foreign national is a member of the provincial nominee class if:

(a) subject to subsection (5), they are named in a nomination certificate issued by the government of a province under a provincial nomination agreement between that
province and the Minister; and

(b) they intend to reside in the province that has nominated them.

The Provincial Nominee Class  allows provincial and territorial governments to choose immigrants according to the economic needs of the province or territory.  Under the Program, each province and territory:

  • establishes its own standards and processes by which it chooses its nominees;
  • tries to nominate those candidates who would be most likely to settle effectively into the economic and social life of the region.

Most provincial nomination programs have both Express Entry and non-Express Entry programs.

The following is the CPO Assessment Guide for paper based Provincial Nominee Program applications at the Etobicoke visa office.

PNP Paper - CPO Assessment Guide