Provincial nominees

Almost all of Canada’s provinces and territories can nominate people to immigrate to Canada. These people have the skills, education and work experience they need to contribute to the economy of that province or territory.

To apply under the Provincial Nominee Program, you must:

  • be nominated by a specific Canadian province or territory, then
  • apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to become a permanent resident of Canada.

Each participating province and territory has its own nomination guidelines. They can change without notice. You should check their websites for the most up-to-date information.

If you are nominated, come back to this page to see what the next steps are.

Determine your eligibility

Do you want to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee? You must first apply to the province or territory where you want to settle through its nomination process.

Or, if you are in the Express Entry pool, a province or territory may invite you to contact them, so they can consider you under their program.


After a province or territory has nominated you, you have to apply to CIC for permanent residence.

Or, if you are nominated while in the Express Entry pool, you will be invited to apply for permanent residence online.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.

If you applied through Express Entry:

Our goal is to process most complete applications received under Express Entry in six months or less.

Processing times tell you how long it took Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to process applications in the past. Since Express Entry is a new system and not enough applications have been received yet, average processing times are not available.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you apply to come to Canada as a provincial nominee.

Prepare for arrival

Know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Find out if you are eligible

Come to Canada

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