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Provincial Nominee Program

​Most provinces and territories can nominate immigrants who 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, applicants must:

  • be nominated by a specific Canadian province or territory, then

apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to become a permanent resident

Provincial nominees are not assessed on the same selection criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and each province or territory has its own set of criteria. Most require that the applicant have a job offer from an employer, or that the job vacancy rate is critically high for that specific type of worker. After receiving the Provincial Nomination Certificate, nominees then obtain priority processing of their immigration status.

In Ontario, the program is called Opportunities Ontario, and supports Ontario employers by facilitating the immigration of managerial, professional and skilled foreign workers and international students needed to meet their hiring needs. This is a good program to assist employers having difficulty finding the skilled workers they need.

For more information, visit:

Opportunities Ontario - Ontario Immigration website