All of the provinces have their own provincial immigration programs (known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)), in order to promote immigration policies suited to a province’s particular needs. As a result, the provinces are receiving an increasing role in the selection of economic immigrants intending to settle in a province. In 2015, approximately 120,000 economic immigrants were nominated or selected by the provinces, with the Province of Quebec accounting for approximately 40,000 selections. Quebec is the only province with the right to select its own immigrants. All of the other provinces have the right to nominate immigrants. In 2016 and for the foreseeable future, the numbers of immigrants to be granted permanent residence under a PNP or selected by the Province of Quebec is expected to increase.

However, as is the case with all immigration programs in Canada, the issue of resource allocation and processing delays continues to play an important consideration in the decisions faced by the majority of policy specialists and program managers.

Quite simply, Canada as a destination attracts considerable interest which far surpasses the processing capacity of most immigration programs.

The following provinces are currently accepting applications under the Business Program: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Prince Edward Island.

PNPs by province/territory


British Columbia


New Brunswick


Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island


North West territories


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