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Provincial Nominee Program


If you wish to obtain permanent residence status in Canada, one avenue you may want to consider is the Provincial Nominee Program. In this program, some Canadian provinces and territories have their own specific immigration programs that allow certain skilled workers or investors who wish to settle in that province or territory to become permanent residents of Canada. The experienced immigration lawyers at Butkowsky Immigration Law in Toronto can help you determine if the Provincial Nominee Program offers you the opportunity to become a permanent resident and can guide you through the process if it does.

What is the Provincial Nominee Program?

The Provincial Nominee Program is a program which allows provinces and territories to nominate foreign citizens to immigrate to Canada to work in specific industries in those provinces or territories. The provinces and territories carefully consider individuals who will contribute to the overall makeup of the Canadian economy and will bring skills that are in high demand in the specific area. The federal government has negotiated these agreements in order to allow territories and provinces to easily accommodate immigrants who meet their specific economic needs.

The following territories and provinces currently participate in Provincial Nominee Programs:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

The majority of these provincial programs allow employers to apply for the approval of permanent, full-time positions for foreign nationals as well as recruit foreign nationals to fill these positions. Eventually, after obtaining permanent resident status and living in Canada, individuals may be able to obtain Canadian citizenship. Additionally, certain provinces such as Ontario have programs specifically geared toward students offering them permanent residence and employment in the province after they obtain their PhD or Masters degrees.

How Does the Provincial Nominee Program Work?

Depending on the rules of the province, once a foreign national is recruited by an employer and have received a formal job offer, individuals who meet each program requirement may be nominated by the province for permanent residence as Provincial Nominees. Most provinces or territories require that an applicant have a job offer from a potential employer who can make the case to the government for hiring foreign talent. Some provinces also have investor categories. Each province or territory has its own nomination guidelines unique to the province, which often change. These nominated individuals must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and must follow the same requirements for permanent residence, including undergoing a medical examination. Nominees for the Provincial Nominee Program may obtain a temporary work permit while their permanent residence application is being processed.

Butkowsky Immigration Law Can Assist You With the Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program is a program unique to Canada which requires a thorough understanding of immigration law. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you navigate through the process and ensure that you have the best chance for a successful nomination. Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky and his team at Butkowsky Immigration Law help clients seeking nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program, providing sound advice and working with them to achieve their immigration goals.


Larry Butkowsky and his legal team are ready and available to assist you and your family in achieving your immigration goals. The firm focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law, and represents clients who wish to become permanent residents or citizens, as well as those seeking temporary entry or short-term residence in Canada for work or educational purposes. Larry also helps those seeking refugee protection. Larry can assist clients with every step of the immigration process, from determining which immigration avenue is right for you to completing applications and paperwork to helping you prepare for interviews. Larry also advocates for his clients in immigration litigation, including appeals, judicial reviews, hearings, and deportation proceedings. With more than two decades of experience, Larry Butkowsky has earned the respect of the Toronto legal community and the gratitude of many satisfied clients. He is committed to protecting his clients’ rights and making sure that the immigration and transition to Canadian life is a smooth one. His firm is located at 41 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, or he may be reached by calling (416) 979-2127.

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