Update on the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs

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The Alberta Nominee program announced they will not accept new applications before 27 January 2016. The pause in processing new applications will ensure current applications are assessed on time. Alberta has been granted 5,500 nominations for 2015 by the Federal Government. As of September, Alberta has issued 3900 nominations.

British Columbia

No more applications will be accepted for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee program. Applications will only be accepted for the following positions: Health care professionals for Skilled and Express entry visa and Northeast Pilot project. Applicants can apply for the BC Provincial program again at the beginning of 2016 when a new points-based system will be introduced.

Victoria, BC

Nova Scotia

The province of Nova Scotia will increase the number of immigration nominations for its two express entry streams, increasing the number of nominations to 1350 for 2015.



The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program is now called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. The name change does not affect the eligibility criteria or requirements. The total number of nominations allocated for Ontario is 5,200 for 2015 including Express Entry and Immigrant Nominee program. Ontario has introduced two Express entry streams for skilled workers who want to settle down in Ontario:

  • Human Capital Priority Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

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There’s a threshold on the number of nominations that will be accepted for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. There are three streams in Saskatchewan – International Skilled Worker Stream, Saskatchewan Experience Stream, Entrepreneur and Farm Stream.

There are 3,849 nominations left for International Skilled Workers for 2015.  1,000 applications left for the Express Entry and additional 1,000 applications left for International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand stream.


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