Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Each province and territory has its own “streams” and requirements targeting students, business people, skilled workers and semi-skilled workers and select them through their own Expression of Interest (EOI) systems, similar to Express Entry, and regularly invite the highest scoring candidates.
Some “enhanced” provincial nominee streams are aligned with the Express Entry System in that you need to create an Express Entry profile to be able to participate while others operating under the “base” streams do not require an Express Entry Profile and applications can be submitted directly to the province. You do not need to have an Express Entry profile to apply. You can apply directly to a PNP stream. These are called ‘base’ streams.
Applicants receiving a provincial nomination get additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. With these many points to the credit of a provincial nominee, a provincial nomination therefore significantly contributes toward a person’s chances of selection in Express Entry Draws.