PNP Immigration options for Maritime Provinces Canada

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Hello Readers,

This post will be a quick update on the upcoming changes in the Immigration policies of The Maritimes, also called the Maritime provinces or the Canadian Maritimes, which is basically a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

Following the recent announcement of the updated immigration policies Maritime provinces as discussed here in our post.  In this post we are discussing the present and upcoming changes in the policies and the changes implemented for the quota allocation for provincial nominations.

For the applicants considering immigration to Canada, this is a good time to review their options.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia has been one of the preferred destination for provincial nominations. The province has lobbied in several ways to increase the quota allocations under various categories. Nova Scotia Demand and Nova Scotia Experience streams are some of the new streams started by the province to increase immigration. While Nova scotia is not accepting any applicants currently, it’s expected to open soon for another round of applications just like it opened twice during the year 2015. The most recent draws did not require job offer but required the candidate to to have experience in one of 29 in-demand occupations, including occupations in finance, engineering, IT, and health care.

Current applications are accepted only under The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream, which has the requirement of one year of work experience under a Nova Scotia based employer.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

The NBPNP has aligned itself with Federal Express Entry system under a program which is called – Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS). The program is controlled under “Express of Interest”, which is basically an application form to be filled by the applicant and can be sent for consideration.

The NBPNP candidates are basically assessed on the following criteria –

  • CRS Score;
  • Work or training experience in the high priority sector as preferred by province
  • Economic Establishment ability
  • Likelihood to contribute positively towards Labour Market opinion

Successful candidates are allotted 600 points towards their CRS scores which allows them to receive ITA in the next draw and follow their PR applications.

Currently NBPNP is preferred French Speaking Candidates. Thus, the candidates with TEF scores are given priority. 

Other than that, another stream of Skilled Worker with Family Support accepted applications  for candidates who have worked in the province or demonstrate close family ties with the province. Another program Skilled Worker with Employer Support accepts applications from candidates who are working with a NB based employer which should be full-time job offer. Candidates who clear this criteria are allowed to receive upto 50 extra points towards their CRS scores.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

The next province on our list here is Prince Edward Island which has issued the maximum number of PNP certificates last year demonstrating that it is the best viable option for those considering immigration to The Maritime provinces.

PEI requires the candidates to submit a single page interest form which outlines the reasons for their interest to immigration to PEI. The candidate must have completed their Express entry profile before PEI selects candidates according to their scores.

The PEI runs categories for immigration under the names of skilled workers, critical workers, and international graduates.

  • Skilled worker stream is for the candidates who have been selectively hired by a PEI based employer and the application is supported by the employer.
  • Currently Critical worked stream includes truck drivers, customer service representatives, labourers, food & beverage servers, and housekeeping attendants. This list is updated by the province.
  • International Graduate stream allows PEI employers to hire recent graduates from recognised accredited PEI universities and colleges

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

NLPNP currently requires certain number of points before the candidate can apply and must have a job offer in hand.

Currently NLPNP is managed under 2 categories –

  1. NLPNP Skilled worker stream is only for those candidates with guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.
  2. International Graduate Stream  is for the graduates who have graduated from post-secondary educational institution based in Canada.

The important point here is the International Graduate Stream does not require the candidate to have graduated from NLPNP which makes it favourable for any graduate across any Canadian Institution.

Thus, there are number of options for those considering Province based nomination and gathering those 600 points critical to get ITA. For the candidates below the CRS score of 400 ( or 450), this is possibly the only way out currently to get an ITA unless the number of invitations issued in each draw is increased significantly which does not look favourable currently.

We will post updated policies if any from these provinces in our new posts, stay tuned !

Rachael Clark is an Immigration Consultant with an experience of over 7 years working with candidates across Europe. With a success rate of over 80% candidates receiving provincial nomination, Rachael writes on a number of subjects. More information is published on

2 thoughts on “PNP Immigration options for Maritime Provinces Canada

  • September 29, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Hi there,
    The problem on the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program as a student from Canada is that in this one it is necessary to have a job offer and a work permit. I can’t try that as I have no work permit and no job offer there.


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