There a general misconception that some provinces in Canada are “easier” than others to immigrate to. This page will discuss the easiest province in Canada any aspiring immigrant should consider.

Any province in Canada can be the easiest to immigrate to if you meet all of the requirements of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that you are applying for.

It might be easier if you already have a job offer in a particular province, but not so much for people who do not have a job offer or have not yet set foot in Canada.

Finding a PNP that is perfect for you is a little like finding the right key for a lock. The “right key” will depend on your peculiarity, as well as the skill and experience you can offer when it comes to the need of the local labor market. Most regions in Canada, except for Quebec and Nunavut, have their own PNP–specific streams.

These immigration pathways are designed to meet the specific needs of each province and are aimed at a particular category of immigrants, be they skilled, unskilled, international students, or entrepreneurs.

Aside from federal and Quebec immigration streams, there are currently almost eighty (80) unique programs across the provinces and territories participating in the Provincial Nominee Programs.

A provincial nomination from an enhanced PNP stream will award an extra 600 points toward the system’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

If you earn these extra points, it is virtually assured that you will get an invitation from the Canadian government to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

There are many options available to you depending on your peculiarity:

If you don’t have a job offer

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Human Capital Priorities program is one of the popular options for those without a job offer.

The program has three Express Entry-linked categories and has been actively sending out invitations to immigration candidates in 2020.

While a job offer is not needed, you do need to have a valid Express Entry profile and work experience to be considered and invited to apply to this program.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is another good option for international applicants without a job offer.

Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker Class has two very active immigration streams that do not require job offers. The first is the Saskatchewan Express Entry-linked stream, which requires one having a valid profile in the Express Entry system in order to apply.

The second is the Saskatchewan Occupation In-Demand stream, which doesn’t have this requirement. It attracts skilled workers who are capable of filling labor needs in Saskatchewan province. To qualify an applicant must have a minimum one year of work experience in one of the positions listed on the In-Demand Occupations List of Saskatchewan.

Lastly, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is one of Canada’s most innovative provincial nominee programs.

The NSNP uses four immigration streams to choose Express Entry candidates. The NSNP searches the Express Entry pool and select candidates with work experience in specific occupations.

While the Labor Market Priorities for Physicians Stream requires a job offer, the Nova Scotia Experience; the Nova Scotia Demand; and Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities (other than Physicians) do not require a candidate to have job offers.

You speak French

Outside of the French-speaking Quebec province, there are other PNPs that seek for francophone or bilingual applicants.

The OINP’s Express Entry-aligned French-Speaking Skilled Worker allows the province to candidates in the express entry pool, who are French-speaking skilled workers and who also have strong knowledge of the English language, among other selection requirements. The stream has been active over the past six months rolling out close to 700 notifications of interest.

You are a tech worker

Two of the most notable immigration pathways for tech workers are those operated by the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.

Ontario sometimes conducts dedicated “Tech draws” within the Ontario Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priority Streams. These draw target people who have work experience in one of six approved technology occupations, such as web designers and computer engineers. No job offer is required.

British Columbia’s Tech Pilot, meanwhile, selects candidates to apply for a provincial nomination, on a weekly basis.

This pilot operates within the BC Skills Immigration pathway. A job offer in one of the twenty-nine (29) designated tech-related occupations is an eligibility requirement for the pilot.

You have experience in the province or territory

Many PNPs have streams that benefit people with work experience in the province or territory. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Skilled Worker Overseas and Skilled Worker in Manitoba streams both privileged individuals who have worked in Manitoba as well as have an educational experience.

Within its International Education stream, Manitoba also has three distinct sub-streams for people who studied or graduated from Manitoba designated post-secondary institutions.

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