Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program was created to allow the various provinces in Canada to establish criteria for those seeking to make a permanent move to a specific province, that will benefit the province in some way. Applicants that meet that criteria can apply for consideration. The province reviews all applications and nominates successful candidates for permanent residence based on the criteria set out in the Provincial Nominee Program. Upon receipt of the provincial nomination, applicants then apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The Provincial Nominee Program targets individuals with specific skill sets and knowledge to contribute to the provincial workforce in an area that is otherwise lacking. This allows provinces to efficiently fulfill labour shortages or attract workers in needed industries efficiently by matching the province with skilled applicants. As a result, the application streams and criteria set out by each province varies widely.
At Garson Immigration Law in Toronto, we have nearly thirty years of experience helping clients successfully apply for the various Provincial Nominee Programs across Canada. In fact, our founding partner David Garson, has considerable in-depth knowledge of the program, having literally written the book on this topic.
Each province is permitted to set out various streams under which applicants can apply for residency. For example, Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program offers the following streams, not all of which may be active at all times as provinces are given an annual nomination quota:
Applicants can apply to whichever stream they are best suited for by submitting an application along with the associated fee. In Ontario, the fee can vary from $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the stream. If selected, the province will nominate the applicant who must then apply to the federal government for permanent residence status.
At Garson Immigration Law, we practice immigration law exclusively. We have been widely recognized for our expertise on Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs and will work to successfully match you to a province and stream suited to your background and skill set. To discuss your circumstances with one of our experienced immigration lawyers, please contact us online or call us at 416-321-2860.