Permanent Residency: How does the PnP program work?

The Provincial Nominee program (PnP) is a permanent residency program aimed at filling labor shortages in specific provinces in Canada. Each province releases certain NOC Occupation codes to inform the public and potential immigration candidates which type of skills they are looking for. The only province that does not use the PnP nomination process is the province of Quebec.

There are two ways to go about applying for a nomination under the PnP program.

  • Contact the province or territory directly and wait for them to nominate you. Once you get nominated, you will need to create an Express Entry profile and show IRCC that you have been nominated.
  • Create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories that you would be interested in. Once a province or territory sends out a notification of interest to your profile, you may then contact them directly for your nomination.

In both cases, you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for Express Entry, therefore, before doing anything, it would be vital to make sure you are eligible for Express Entry to begin with.

For example, the province of Manitoba has posted on their website the following:

Application processing priority is being given to the following categories of applications in our inventory:

  • Francophone applicants
  • NB graduates
  • NOC 2147, 2172, 2173, 2174, 2175, 2281, 2282, 2283
  • NOC 3012, 3233, 3413, 4412

The following are the NOC job descriptions:

NOC 2147: Computer Engineers

NOC 2172: Database Analysts

NOC 2173: Software engineers and designers

NOC 2174: Computer programmers and interactive media developers

NOC 2175: Web designers and developers

NOC 2281: Computer network technicians

NOC 2282: User Support Technicians

NOC 2283: Information Systems testing technicians

NOC 3012: Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

NOC 3233: Licensed practical nurses

NOC 3413: Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

NOC 4412: Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations


The descriptions and statistics of all job NOC codes are available through the Canadian Job Bank website at the following:


There are many ways to work in Canada temporarily and eventually gain permanent residency. Contact our attorneys and legal team for further information!


For further information and on how to begin your application to enter Canada, please contact our law firm, it would be our pleasure to help!


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