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Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) That Don't Require a Job Offer

Updated: Apr 16

Exploring 2024's Provincial Nominee Programs Across Canada: Opportunities Without Job Offers

For those aspiring to immigrate to Canada, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) without a job offer present a distinct pathway. Tailored to meet the specific needs of individual provinces and territories, these programs target skilled workers who can significantly contribute to local economies and communities. This guide offers an overview of PNPs across various regions, providing insights into general eligibility criteria and initial tips for a successful application. Importantly, this post serves as an introduction to these programs, outlining them broadly.

PNPs Without Job Offers:

This post explores PNPs ideal for skilled workers seeking to start anew in Canada. We'll delve into various programs across the provinces, highlight general eligibility criteria, and provide useful tips to guide your application process.


  • Ontario Ph.D. Graduate: This stream offers international graduates who have obtained a Ph.D. from an eligible Ontario institution the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and live and work in Ontario without the need for a job offer.

  • Ontario Masters Graduate: This stream allows international graduates with a master’s degree from an eligible Ontario institution to apply for permanent residency in Ontario, offering a pathway to live and work in the province without a job offer.

  • Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades: This stream enables foreign nationals with Ontario work experience in eligible skilled trades to apply for permanent residency. Candidates must demonstrate their experience in the province but do not need a job offer to qualify.

  • Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities: Targeting skilled workers with the necessary experience, language abilities, and education, this stream selects candidates from the federal Express Entry pool for an opportunity to apply for permanent residency in Ontario without a job offer. It gives foreign workers with the required skilled work experience, language abilities and education the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

  • Ontario Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker: Specifically designed for French-speaking skilled workers, this stream selects candidates from the federal Express Entry pool who meet the required work experience, language abilities, and educational qualifications, allowing them to apply for permanent residency in Ontario without a job offer.


  • Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas: This stream is part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) and does not require a job offer. However, candidates must demonstrate a strong connection to Manitoba through family or friends, previous employment, or education in the province. Additionally, candidates are evaluated based on a points system where they must score at least 60 out of 110 points. The points are awarded for language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability, including factors such as community support and previous connections to the province.

  • Manitoba Graduate Internship: This pathway is designed specifically for international student masters and doctoral graduates from Manitoba who participate in Accelerate or Elevate internships through Mitacs. These internships must contribute to industry innovation within Manitoba. Eligible graduates can apply for nomination to the MPNP immediately after graduation, providing a streamlined route to permanent residency. This pathway highlights the province's commitment to retaining talented graduates who contribute to Manitoba's economic development.


  • Saskatchewan Skilled Worker Express Entry: This stream is part of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. It is designed for skilled workers who have a profile in the federal Express Entry pool and meet the criteria set by the SINP. To qualify, applicants must have experience in an occupation that is in-demand in Saskatchewan, but they do not need a job offer to apply. However, they must demonstrate their intent to live and work in Saskatchewan and score sufficiently on the SINP points assessment grid.

  • Saskatchewan Skilled Worker Occupations In-demand: This stream targets individuals who have work experience in occupations that are considered in-demand in Saskatchewan. Like the Express Entry stream, it does not require applicants to have a job offer. Candidates must meet specific criteria, including a minimum score on the SINP points assessment grid and should have at least one year of work experience in the past ten years in one of Saskatchewan's in-demand occupations. They also need to meet language requirements and educational qualifications that align with those occupations.

Nova Scotia

  • Nova Scotia Experience: Specifically designed for highly skilled workers, this stream selects candidates from the federal Express Entry pool who have at least one year of work experience in Nova Scotia in an occupation at TEER category 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the National Occupational Classification. It allows them to apply for permanent residency in Nova Scotia, enabling them to live and work in the province permanently without the need for a job offer.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Priority Skills: Specifically designed for individuals who have excelled in specialized, highly skilled, and high-demand occupations, this stream targets those with at least one year of relevant work experience in the last 10 years or recent graduates with Ph.D. or Master’s degrees from Memorial University in the past three years. Fields of focus include technology, healthcare, aquaculture, and agriculture. Candidates who meet these criteria can apply for permanent residency in Newfoundland and Labrador without a job offer.

New Brunswick

  • New Brunswick Strategic Initiative for French-Speaking Workers: Specifically designed for French-speaking skilled workers, this stream targets candidates who possess the necessary skills, education, and work experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy. It allows these candidates to apply for permanent residency in New Brunswick without requiring a job offer, provided they are committed to living and working in the province permanently.

Tips for Success

  • Research Thoroughly: Understand the specific criteria and opportunities of each PNP. Tailor your application to highlight how your skills and background align with provincial needs.

  • Enhance Language Skills: Proficiency in English or French is critical, not just for application success but also for integrating into Canadian society.

  • Credential Assessment: Have your international educational credentials assessed to ensure they are recognized in Canada.

  • Maintain a Strong Express Entry Profile: For PNPs aligned with Express Entry, a robust profile increases your chances of receiving an invitation to apply.

  • Demonstrate Financial Readiness: Prepare to show you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family upon arrival in Canada.

Important Considerations for PNPs

  • Program Availability: The availability of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) is subject to change. These programs may be paused, modified, or discontinued at any time by provincial authorities, which could impact applicants.

  • Express Entry and PNP Base Categories: Some PNPs are aligned with the federal Express Entry system, requiring candidates to have an active Express Entry profile. Conversely, Base PNPs operate independently of the Express Entry system and do not require candidates to have an Express Entry profile. Understanding the distinction between these categories is crucial for aligning your application strategy with the appropriate program.

  • Variable Processing Times: Processing times for PNPs can vary significantly based on the specific stream, the volume of applications, and the internal processes of the provincial immigration offices.

  • Local Connections: Many PNPs require applicants to have work or study experience within the province or demonstrate other local connections to meet eligibility criteria.

  • Detailed Coverage: While this post provides a broad overview, specific details for each program are not covered due to length constraints. We plan to address the individual requirements and features of these programs in upcoming dedicated blog posts. Stay tuned to ensure you have the most current and detailed information.


Exploring Provincial Nominee Programs across Canada that do not require job offers presents a pathway filled with potential for skilled workers aiming to make their mark in provinces like Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Atlantic regions. This comprehensive guide has been meticulously designed to furnish you with the necessary details about eligibility, application processes, and strategic tips to enhance your chances of success. At Immigrative Visa Services Inc., we stand ready to assist you in navigating these diverse opportunities with precision and expert insight. Our team is deeply familiar with the specific requirements of each PNP and is committed to ensuring that your application not only meets provincial standards but also aligns with your long-term goals in Canada. Take a confident step towards your future in Canada by initiating a personalized consultation with our experienced immigration consultants today.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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