Provincial Nominee programs

  The Federal government in Canada is responsible for deciding who can and cannot immigrate to Canada.  Because Canada is such a large country, each of our various regions is quite different and therefore have different needs that may be met via immigration.  Provincial Nominee Programs are the means by which the federal government gives some of the decision-making ability to each of the various regions of Canada.  Each Province or territory is given a certain number of spots for immigrants each year, and they can decide who they want to fill those spots based on the unique needs of their region.  In order to fill their spots in a manner that best suits the needs of their particular region, each Province or Territory operates its own Provincial Nominee Program or PNP.  There are 12 separate PNP programs, and each program has more than one way to qualify.