The PNP is designed to spread the benefits of immigration throughout Canada.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) started in 1998 as a way for the federal and provincial governments to spread the benefits of immigration throughout Canada. Provinces can hand-pick candidates whom they feel will support their economic growth and recommend that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offer them permanent resident status. There are over 80 PNP streams aimed at attracting workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs. Each province and territory, except for Nunavut and Quebec (which operates its own economic-class programs), offers the PNP. Each program is based on the different labour force needs of the province.