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The Provincial Nominee Business Program

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The Provincial Nominee Business Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a certain number of foreign nationals each year. It enables participating provinces and territories to select immigrants who have specific skills that contribute to that province/territory's economic and social development.

Provincial nominees (selected foreign nationals) are not assessed under the federal skilled worker selection factors. However, CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) still conducts security and medical screening and retains the right to make the final selection. As a provincial nominee, the applicant receives faster processing of their permanent resident application compared to other categories.

  • British Columbia (BC)
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Yukon

 

Use the table below to compare the programs and learn which is best suited to your circumstances.

Provincial Nomination Programs with a Business Immigration (Entrepreneur) Category: 

Province Minimum personal net worth Minimum investment required Business management experience required? Business plan required? Government deposit required? Performance agreement required? Exploratory visit required? Additional selection criteria?
Manitoba $350,000 $150,000 Yes: Previous business ownership or a minimum of 3 years of senior management experience Yes $75,000 refundable deposit Participate in day-to-day management of business Yes, for a minimum of 7 days Yes
Saskatchewan $300,000 $150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of an eligible business Yes: minimum of 3 years of business management experience Yes $75,000 refundable deposit Participate in day-to-day management of business & create at least 3 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents No, but recommended Yes
British Columbia: Vancouver & Abbotsford $800,000 $400,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of an eligible business Yes Yes Optional Fast Track Option: $125,000 refundable deposit Yes, in order to obtain a work permit Strongly recommended Yes
British Columbia: outside Vancouver & Abbotsford $400,000 $200,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of an eligible business Yes Yes Optional Fast Track Option: $125,000 refundable deposit Yes, in order to obtain a work permit Strongly recommended Yes
New Brunswick $300,000 $125,000 Yes: previous business ownership or senior management experience Yes $75,000 refundable deposit Participate in day-to-day management of business Yes, for a minimum of 5 days Yes - basic proficiency in one of Canada's official languages
Quebec $300,000 $100,000 - representing at least 25% of capital equity Yes: minimum of 2 years of business management experience in the last 5 years Yes No Participate in day-to-day management of business Strongly recommended Yes
Prince Edward Island
TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
$400,000 $200,000 Yes: previous business ownership or senior management experience Yes $125,000 refundable deposit** Participate in day-to-day management of business No Yes
Ontario - $1,000,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of a business Yes Yes No Participate in day-to-day management of business & create at least 5 new jobs for Canadians or permanent residents No Yes
Northwest Territories $500,000 (if buying a business in the city of Yellowknife) $300,000 in a business in the city of Yellowknife Yes Yes $75,000 refundable deposit Yes, in order to obtain a work permit Yes Yes
Yukon $250,000 (including $150,000 in liquid assets) $150,000 and ownership of at least 1/3 of a business Yes: minimum of 5 years of business management experience Yes $75,000 refundable deposit Yes, in order to obtain a work permit Yes Yes - basic proficiency in one of Canada's official languages
**additional deposit of $20,000 if the interview cannot be conducted in English or French

 

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