5 Provincial Nominee Programs That Don't Require a Job Offer

It’s a common misconception that all immigration programs require you to acquire a job offer from a Canadian company but there are in fact quite a few options that allow for immigration before job selection. We explore certain subcategories of the Provincial Nominee Programs that get around this requirement, many of them falling under the Express Entry system.

For those who do not fall under the category of skilled workers (which the programs below focus heavily on), read more about the shortage of unskilled workers that Canada is facing. There are plenty of opportunities that do not require tertiary education but need a temporary working visa. Certain provincial nominee programs target unskilled streams specifically, for example, the Long-Haul Truck Driver Project in Saskatchewan.

If you create an online profile through the Express Entry system first, the addition of a Provincial Nomination from the provinces below will add 600 points to your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, ultimately boosting your profile to the top of the next draw. This is also a path to consider aside from the programs below as some of these are not part of the Express Entry system and are included here as streams that don’t require a job offer.

1. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

A view of Toronto in Ontario which participates in the Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario has seen generations of immigrants pass through its borders with its major industries being manufacturing, science, finance and the arts. Over 130 languages are spoken here and the capital of Toronto is known for its multicultural appeal as the most populous city in Canada. Explore everything this cosmopolitan hub has to offer from the waterfront that borders Lake Ontario to the fascinating museums and sparkling nightlife.

Basic CRS Criteria:

  • Level of Education
  • Work experience or Studies in Canada
  • Age
  • Canadian Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency in French and English
  • Letter of Employment/Job Offer
  • Sibling Living in Canada as a permanent resident
  • Provincial Nomination (not required but asked)

Express Entry - Human Capital Priorities Stream

This program selects candidates from the Express Entry pool that meet the basic criteria mentioned above. This program gives preference to skilled workers and those who reflect the prioritized occupations listed for Ontario. Applications will take 60-90 days to process.

The Process:

  1. Create an online Express Entry profile where you’ll be asked questions based on the criteria listed.
  2. Choose the option of ‘Interested in Moving to Ontario or ‘All Provinces and Territories.
  3. Wait for a Notification of Interest (NOI).

2. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

A view of a moose in Saskatchewan, part of the Provincial Nominee Program in Canada

Saskatchewan is a province with a rich indigenous history with plenty to learn about local tradition. However, immigrant groups are all melded together, meaning nationalities with origins in Germany, Scotland and Ireland make up the majority of the population. The province’s primary focus is agriculture and is comprised of large forestry, fishing and hunting industries. This encourages residents to venture out into the surrounding forests while lakes run through the city centres, resulting in immersion in nature throughout daily life.

Basic CRS Criteria:

  • Level of Education
  • Work experience or Studies in Canad
  • Age
  • Canadian Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency in French and English
  • Letter of Employment/Job Offer
  • Sibling Living in Canada as a permanent resident
  • Provincial Nomination (not required but asked)

International Skilled Worker (ISW) - Occupation In-Demand Subcategory

For this subcategory, you will need to match one of the occupations that is listed as in-demand. These occupations are specific to the province of Saskatchewan and anticipate what shortages will arise over the next five years. This application will take around 27 weeks to process.

International Skilled Worker (ISW) - Express Entry Subcategory

In this subcategory of the Provincial Nominee Programs, you will need to already have your profile registered under the Express Entry system, meeting the basic criteria already listed above. This process will take around 29 weeks to complete.

The Process:

  1. For the Express Entry subcategory, you will need to create an online Express Entry profile where you’ll be asked questions based on the criteria listed.*
  2. Choose the option of ‘Interested in Immigration to Saskatchewan’ or ‘All Provinces and Territories.
  3. Provide language test results (with a minimum score of 7 out of 8).
  4. Provide evidence of a degree/post-secondary certificate.
  5. Evidence of licensing in your profession.
  6. Provide evidence of sufficient funds
  7. Wait for a Notification of Interest (NOI).

*There is a specific SINP Point Assessment Grid which measures the same categories as the Express Entry system but gives applicants a score out of 100. Successful candidates will need to achieve a minimum of 60 points out of 100.

3. Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

A lighthouse in Nova Scotia which is part of the Provincial Nominee Program in Canada

Nova Scotia emphasizes love for adventure with many opportunities to explore this maritime province. The economy is resource-based with a lot of income coming from tourism, mining and fishing respectively. The capital, Halifax, is rather small compared to the other major cities found in Canada. Nevertheless, there is an abundance of culture with many arts universities supporting a series of theatres and music halls.

Basic CRS Criteria:

  • Level of Education
  • Work experience or Studies in Canada
  • Age
  • Canadian Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency in French and English
  • Letter of Employment/Job Offer
  • Sibling Living in Canada as a permanent resident
  • Provincial Nomination (not required but asked)

Nova Scotia Demand - Express Entry Stream (Category B)

This subcategory of the Provincial Nominee Program is highly popular and the quota is always filled, meaning that competition is high. This program focuses on the criteria listed above with a minimum of one year of working experience in the case of Nova Scotia. The processing time of this nomination can take three months or more.

To qualify you will need to meet the criteria for one of three streams that fall under the Federal Express Entry System, namely:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class Program

The Process:

  1. Create an online Express Entry profile where you’ll be asked questions based on the criteria listed*.
  2. Submit an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
  3. Submit evidence of language proficiency (a minimum score of 7 out of 8), for example, with the Canadian Language Benchmark test.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient financial resources to settle in Canada.
  5. Wait for a Notification of Interest (NOI).

*There is a specific NSNP Point Assessment Grid which measures the same categories as the Express Entry system but gives applicants a score out of 100. Successful candidates will need to achieve a minimum of 67 points out of 100.

4. Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

A snowy street in Manitoba, part of the Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba is known as one of the ‘prairie’ provinces with a lush wilderness as well as a coastline to the north. Its capital is Winnipeg which is significantly more populated than its other cities like Churchill which is more known for its resident polar bears. Rich in natural resources, this province also makes its revenue from industries such as mining, oil, forestry, energy and agriculture.

Basic CRS Criteria:

  • Level of Education
  • Work experience or Studies in Canada
  • Age
  • Canadian Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency in French and English
  • Letter of Employment/Job Offer
  • Sibling Living in Canada as a permanent resident
  • Provincial Nomination (not required but asked)

Skilled Worker Stream

This stream speaks for itself, requiring applicants to bring certain skills that meet the requirements of employers in Manitoba. The processing time for this stream is dependent on the individual and how swiftly the documentation is submitted.

Eligibility

  • Personal information documents
  • Education documents eg. degree/certificate
  • Language proficiency tests
  • Proof of work experience
  • Evidence of funds for settlement
  • A settlement plan

Requirements

  • Personal information documents
  • Education documents eg. degree/certificate
  • Language proficiency tests
  • Proof of work experience
  • Evidence of funds for settlement
  • A settlement plan

The Process:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with answers to the above criteria*.
  2. Wait for an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
  3. Wait for a Notification of Interest (NOI).

*There is a specific MPNP Point Assessment Grid which measures the same categories as above but gives applicants a score out of 100. Successful candidates will need to achieve a minimum of 60 points out of 100.

5. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

A lake in Alberta, part of the Provincial Nominee Program in Canada

Despite being landlocked, Alberta is home to several bodies of water in the form of lakes and rivers. Here you will find the Canadian Rocky Mountains as well as Banff National Park, some of the most picturesque sights in Canada. The capital is Edmonton, although Calgary is the most populous city in the province. As a provincial economy, Alberta is very strong with a prominent petroleum industry.

Basic CRS Criteria:

  • Level of Education
  • Work experience or Studies in Canada
  • Age
  • Canadian Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency in French and English
  • Letter of Employment/Job Offer
  • Sibling Living in Canada as a permanent resident
  • Provincial Nomination (not required but asked)

Alberta Express Entry Stream

This subcategory of the Provincial Nominee Program is fairly new and the first stream from the province of Alberta to fall under the Express Entry system. Your profile will fare better if you match an occupation on the latest Alberta PNP occupation list. The processing time depends on the individual and the quality of the documents submitted.

To qualify you will need to meet the criteria for one of three streams that fall under the Federal Express Entry System, namely:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class Program

A key requirement to keep in mind that does not apply to every province on our list is that your CRS score under the Express Entry system needs to be a minimum of 300 which is a very achievable score in terms of how these points are calculated.

The Process:

  1. For the Express Entry subcategory, you will need to create an online Express Entry profile where you’ll be asked questions based on the criteria listed above.
  2. Provide language test results (with a minimum score of 7 out of 8).
  3. Provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
  4. Evidence of licensing in your profession.
  5. Provide evidence of sufficient funds.
  6. Wait for a Notification of Interest (NOI).

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