Canada admits approximately 150,000 economic immigrants each year. The selection of such persons is primarily carried out by the Federal government through Canadian visa offices abroad.
With the exception of Ontario, every province has implemented its own provincial immigration program known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), in order to promote immigration policies suited to a province’s particular needs.
As an outcome, the provinces are receiving an increasing role in the selection of economic immigrants intending to settle in a province.
To qualify as a sponsored employee under PNP the position being filled must generally follow to a National Occupation Classification skill level of O, A, B or alternate and must meet the terms of a definite pilot project designed for a certain critical skill shortage identified by the province.
Pilot programs within the provinces are designed for low skilled workers and scopes are limited. Most of the provinces have variants of pilot projects for low skilled occupations.