With the advent of category-based Express Entry draws, there's been a notable shift in how candidates are selected for Canadian permanent residence. Rather than solely relying on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, there is now a greater emphasis on a candidate's professional experience. This change has created new immigration opportunities for individuals who might not have previously qualified. But what about those working in professions not targeted by category-based Express Entry draws?

Enter the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). While the PNP may have taken a backseat to Express Entry in the past, it has now emerged as Canada's primary pathway for economic immigration, actively managed by every province except for Nunavut and Quebec. PNPs have been employing a targeted draws model long before Express Entry, focusing on nominating candidates who can contribute to each province's demographic and economic needs. Most PNPs maintain lists of in-demand occupations that are crucial to their respective regions.

To assist you in exploring these opportunities, we've compiled a list of high-demand jobs by province, each targeted through its PNP, along with relevant resources. Keep in mind that each PNP has its own specific eligibility criteria, in addition to requiring full-time work experience in a targeted or in-demand profession.

For those eager to see if their job aligns with any of these opportunities, it's recommended to search for each job title's National Occupation Code (NOC). The NOC system serves as the Canadian government's method of categorizing jobs throughout the country.

British Columbia

In British Columbia, the PNP (BCPNP) categorizes its targeted occupations into four groups:

Tech Occupations: This category includes professions such as data scientists, web designers, physicists, and astronomers, among others.

Healthcare Occupations: Encompassing roles like dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and more.

Childcare Occupations: Specifically targeting Early Childhood Educators and Assistants.

Other Priority Occupations: This category focuses on veterinarians and Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians.


Manitoba's PNP (MPNP), the oldest in Canada, organizes its targeted occupations into ten distinct categories:

Business, Finance, and Administration Occupations: This group includes financial managers, human resource professionals, administrative officers, and more.

Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations: Covering architects, data scientists, land surveyors, mechanical and civil engineers, and more.

Health Occupations: Encompassing pharmacists, psychologists, physical therapists, and more.

Occupations in Education, Law, and Social Services: This category includes lawyers, social workers, therapists, early childhood educators and assistants, and more.

Occupations in Art, Recreation, and Sport: Ranging from audio and video recording technicians to graphic designers and illustrators.

Sales and Service Occupations: Covering corporate sales managers, retail sales supervisors, cooks, bakers, and more.

Trades, Transport, and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations: Encompassing construction managers, tool and die makers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and more.

Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Related Occupations: Specifically targeting managers in agriculture.

Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities: Focusing on manufacturing managers, utilities managers, power engineers, and power system operators.

Rural In-Demand Occupations: Targeting roles like Nurse's Aides, Orderlies, Patient Service Associates, Industrial Butchers, Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and related workers.

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland and Labrador PNP (NLPNP) classifies its in-demand occupations under four broad categories:

Healthcare Occupations: Covering professions such as physicians, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, clinical psychologists, and more.

Information Communications Technology Occupations: Encompassing roles like software developers, biomedical engineers, UI/UX developers, AI developers, and more.

Technical Specialist Occupations: Including jobs like security specialists, cloud specialists, bioinformaticians, data analysts, offshore technicians, and more.

Aquaculture Occupations: Encompassing roles like captains (requiring a fishing master class-4 certificate), farming and feeding managers, facility technicians, assistant managers, and more.


Saskatchewan's PNP (SINP) employs a different approach by not maintaining a targeted occupation list. Instead, it focuses on occupations classified under TEER levels 0, 1, 2, and 3, except for those included on the excluded occupation list. Professions on this list are ineligible to apply to the SINP through the Express Entry and Occupations in Demand streams. This unique approach widens the opportunities for a variety of occupations.

In conclusion, Canada's Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) offers a diverse range of opportunities for economic immigration, catering to various professions and industries across its provinces. Exploring these programs, understanding their specific criteria, and aligning your qualifications with in-demand occupations can significantly optimize your Canada immigration journey, even if your occupation is not targeted through Express Entry draws.

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