The Canadian government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (|RCC) admits 300,000 immigrants to Canada annually, mainly under the Family Class and the Economic Class.
The Economic Class comprises of professionals and skilled workers under the federal skilled worker program,federal skilled trades, the Canadian experience class, the provincial nominee class and the Quebec skilled worker class. The Economic Class also includes business, investment-based programs.
Each province and territory in Canada, with the exception of Quebec, has their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which nominates individuals interested in settling in that particular province for fast-tracked immigration. Each Canadian Provincial Nominee Program has its own criteria, guidelines, as well as province specific "streams" which are individual immigration programs targeting precise demographics of skilled workers, students, and business professionals. This allows each province and territory to attract new immigrants that have the precise skills, work experience, and knowledge required to meet the local labour market needs of their distinct economy.
For detailed information about each of the Canada Provincial Nominee Programs, please visit the province specific immigration pages listed below. If you would like to immigrate to Canada and are open to living in more than one region of the country, our knowledgeable immigration professional can help you determine which province(s) will be most likely to nominate you under their PNP given your education, skill set, and past work experience. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a PNP nomination is through the Canada Express Entry system.
Canada PR applications are processed significantly faster when submitted through Express Entry. Traditional applications to become a permanent resident of Canada can take as long as 24 months to be processed. Under Canada Express Entry, however, a Canadian permanent residency application is almost always processed by CIC staff in six months or less.