Provincial Family Streams

The majority of provinces in Canada have established an agreement with the Government of Canada giving the province authority to nominate foreign individuals who are interested in establishing themselves in that particular Canadian province for immigration. An option is available for individuals with a relative who is currently residing in the particular Canadian province and is a permanent resident or citizen. The foreign individual is required to apply to the province in which he or she intends to relocate and complete the provincial nomination process. Once this has been completed, the province will undergo a selection process based on its specific immigration needs and the applicant’s intentions of settling in Canada.

Please note that certain provinces may have their specific Family Sponsorship Immigration Programs (family streams) within a separate Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Therefore, those who intend to apply for this category are advised to apply under the province’s specific programs.

Qualifying family members may have differing definitions among various PNP’s. In some cases, only close relatives are eligible to be qualifying family members while other PNP’s may be open to distant relatives.

The following is a list of Family Sponsorship Immigration Categories:

  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program ( MPNP) - Family Support Stream
  • Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP) – Family Members
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) – Skilled Worker with Family Support
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) – Family Business Worker stream

Once the applicant has been successfully nominated by the province or territory, he or she must complete a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to be granted permanent residency. This application must satisfy the assessment of a CIC officer based on security and safety standards in Canada. Applicants may be required to undergo medical examination and security checks prior to entering Canada. In addition, successful applicants must provide sufficient evidence that they have the sufficient financial means to support themselves, as well as their dependants, upon arrival into Canada.


Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program ( MPNP) - Family Support Stream

Individuals may apply to the MPNP Family Support priority assessment stream if they possess the following qualities:

  • Have a close relative who is a settled resident of Manitoba and is willing to provide assistance during the immigration process;
  • Meets all age, education, work experience and language ability requirements

In addition, applicants must be able to provide an Affidavit of Support from a close relative living in Manitoba (can be a parent, child, sibling, cousin, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle, or grandparent) and meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 21-49 years of age;
  • Complete at least 1 year of post-secondary education and receive a diploma or certificate;
  • Possess 2 years of  work experience within the last 5 years;
  • Must have the necessary language skills to be successful in Manitoba’s labour force


Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP) – Family Members

The following category is designed to provide immigrant families residing in Saskatchewan with assistance in bringing family members to live and work in the province.

It is required that applicants currently have a relative, known as a supporting family member, who has been living in Saskatchewan for a minimum of 1 year and is willing to provide assistance during the immigration process once the applicant has relocated in order to be eligible. Supporting family members may be parents, siblings, daughters/sons, aunts/uncles, nieces/nephews, grandparents, first cousins, step-family members or in-laws of the same relationship.

The supporting family member residing in Saskatchewan must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Please note that spouses or common-law partners cannot be considered for this category. Rather, they must apply under the Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Family Class.

In order to qualify, applicants must:

  • Be 18-49 years of age;
  • Complete a minimum of one year in post-secondary school, training or apprenticeship and, in that time, must have achieved a diploma, certificate or degree;
  • Previously acquire at least one year of relevant work experience in the pertinent field of training/education;
  • Demonstrate the necessary language abilities to be successful in the Saskatchewan labour force;
  • Possess a job offer for a full-time permanent role from an employer located in Saskatchewan, intend to seek employment opportunities or have sufficient funds to settle in the province upon arrival.


New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) – Skilled Worker with Family Support

Requirements for Skilled Worker with Family Support:

  • Must be 22-50 years of age upon application;
  • Must have a close relative who can act as a Family Supporter;
  • Be able to demonstrate sufficient language ability in English and/or French;
  • Present evidence or proof of permanent stay in New Brunswick;
  • Acquire 2 years of previous work experience in the past 5 years in the field of the intended occupation of New Brunswick (proposed position must be included in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level O, A, B, C, Category 1,3,7,8,9 or D, Category 1,3,7,8,9);
  • Receive applicable education, training and experience necessary to be successful in the intended occupational tasks and responsibilities

The Family Supporter will also be assessed on their ability to commit to the immigration process by aiding in the family member’s successful relocation to New Brunswick. The Family Supporter will also be assessed on their connection to the province.

Requirements for the Family Supporter:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Must be living in New Brunswick full-time;
  • Must be a close relative to the applicant;
  • Must be financially stable and self-supporting as a result of an occupation


Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) – Family Business Worker stream

The Family Business Worker stream helps employers hire workers who are close relatives, and have the work experience and required skills for positions employers may have been unable to fill with a permanent resident or Canadian citizen. Before submitting an application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), the family business worker must receive a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer who is a close relative and who owns an established business in Nova Scotia.

The worker or the spouse must be related to the family business owner or spouse of the business owner in one of the following ways.

The worker is the business owner’s:

  • Son or daughter;
  • Brother or sister;
  • Niece or nephew (children of brothers or sisters);
  • Uncle or aunt (parent’s brothers or sisters);
  • Grandchild (* or a step or half-relative of the same degree)

Note: At this time, low-skilled occupations that fall under the NOC Skill level D will not be considered under the Family Business Worker stream.

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