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Statistics Canada: PNP candidates in Ontario, Alberta and BC have highest earnings

January 25, 2024

According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, newcomers who arrive in Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may earn more if they settle in Canada’s three most populous provinces.

The report found that there were “significant differences among provinces in the average earnings of provincial nominees” throughout Canada.

As of 2020, the highest annual earnings for PNP candidates within one or two years after landing were noted in Ontario ($59,600), Alberta ($54,200), and British Columbia ($58,100).

The lowest earnings for PNP candidates were recorded in Atlantic Canada, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The report attributes the gap to the local unemployment rate and the background characteristics of PNP principal applicants.

This was consistent regardless of the amount of time that had passed since landing, be it one year or five years. It concluded that this was in part caused by different economic conditions, unique to each province, as well as the background characteristics of each PNP candidate.

Background characteristics could include lower levels of education or little to no pre-landing Canadian work experience or education. Candidate’s official language skills also play a role.