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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) 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.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is broad in scope:
- The Foreign Worker, and International Student support employers and industries facing acute occupational shortages to fill specific job openings.
- The In-Demand Skills program supports employers facing labour shortages in low-skilled occupations in the construction and agricultural sectors.
- The Skilled Trades program retains tradespeople in Ontario, and to provide options for employers looking to retain temporary foreign tradespeople.
- The Human Capital Priorities program maximizes opportunities to attract and retain foreign workers with skills to respond to a range of priority labour market needs.
- The French-Speaking Skilled Worker helps meet employer demands for bilingual employees.
- The Masters Graduates, and PhD Graduates retain Masters, and PhD graduates who are Ontario educated and ready to meet Ontario's labour market needs.
For more information, visit:
Opportunities Ontario - Ontario Immigration website