Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. If you qualify to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and meet their requirements. The province will consider your application based on:
- its immigration needs and
- your genuine intention to settle in the Province.
After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. You will have to pass a medical examination and security and criminal checks. Please note that if CIC determines that the nomination certificate is not a sufficient indicator that you can economically establish in Canada, your application may be refused.
With respect to intentions, subsection 87(2)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) states that a foreign national is a member of the Provincial Nominee class if they intend to reside in the province that has nominated them. Therefore, a permanent resident visa holder in the Provincial Nominee class seeking permanent resident status at a Port of Entry (POE) must establish that they still intend to reside in the province/territory that has nominated them. For example, individuals who indicate that they never intended, or no longer intend, to reside in the nominating province/territory may be denied permanent resident status at the POE and may have an A44(1) report written against them.
In the case of individuals who indicate at the POE that they no longer intend to reside in the nominating province/territory, the A44(1) report may be written for non-compliance with paragraph 87(2)(b) of the IRPR pursuant to section 41 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
An additional allegation of misrepresentation, pursuant to paragraph 40(1)(a) of the IRPA for R87(2)(b), may be included in the A44(1) report for those individuals who indicate that they never intended to reside in the nominating province/territory, if supported by the information obtained through examination at the POE.
Officers at the Port of Entry may also choose to exercise the following options if they are not satisfied with respect to an individual’s intention to reside in the nominating province/territory:
- Offer the individual the option of voluntarily withdrawing their application for permanent residence. If this option is accepted by the applicant, the officer will seize the Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CPR) document and inform the issuing visa office and the appropriate CIC inland office in the province/territory of nomination.
- If the applicant does not exercise the option to voluntarily withdraw their application for permanent residence, the officer may adjourn the examination and, pursuant to section 23 of the IRPA, authorize the person to enter Canada for the purpose of further examination, and the examination may be referred for finalization to the appropriate CIC inland office in the nominating province/territory. In this case, the officer will seize the applicant’s CPR document and forward it to the appropriate CIC inland office along with relevant case information (e.g., Statutory Declaration from the individual stating that they do not intend to reside in the province/territory of nomination, officer’s interview notes). The CPR documents of accompanying family members will also be seized and forwarded to the appropriate CIC inland office.
For further information or questions regarding Provincial Nominees, please contact our office. If you would like to know whether you could be eligible to immigrate to Canada in the Provincial Nominee Class or under other programs, we invite you to complete our online assessment questionnaire: On-line Assessment QuestionnaireBack to top