Some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have specific streams that are targeted to candidates with work experience in a specific occupation, which is in-demand in that particular province. When this is the case, there is usually no need to hold a job offer in order to be eligible to the stream. However, only a few provinces have these kinds of streams, and sometimes there are other factors that would prohibit a candidate living and working outside of Canada from applying.

This article will let you know the occupations that are in-demand in the provinces, if applicable. Click below on the province you are interested in.

Nova Scotia In-Demand Occupations

Nova Scotia PNP- NS Demand: Express Entry Category B stream:
This stream is now permanently closed

Nova Scotia (NSNP) periodically opens for a few hundred applications a popular stream that does not need a job offer, called NS Demand: Express Entry Category B. Candidates need to be aware of when the stream opens, as it closes in less than a few hours (follow us on our social media platforms to be aware on when that happens).​ The in-demand occupations list is as follows:​​​​
  • NOC 1111 – Financial auditors and accountants
  • NOC 1114 – Other financial officers
  • NOC 1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations
  • NOC 1241 – Administrative assistants
  • NOC 1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • NOC 2131 – Civil engineers
  • ​NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses
  • NOC 4021 – College and other vocational instructors
  • NOC 4211 – Paralegal and related occupations
  • NOC 4212 – Social and community service workers

Nova Scotia PNP – Physician streams:

Nova Scotia has also two another stream (the Labour Market Priorities for Physicians stream which is aligned with Express Entry, and the Physician stream that is not aligned) that have 2 occupations that are in-demand in the province: General and Specialist Practitioners (NOC 3111 and 3112). However, to be eligible for the stream, you need to have a job offer with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.

Nova Scotia PNP – Occupations In-Demand stream:

Nova Scotia has also another stream (the Occupations In-Demand stream) that has 2 occupations that are in-demand in the province: Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates (NOC 3413) and Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511). However, to be eligible to the stream, you need to have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
New Brunswick In-Demand Occupations
New Brunswick (NBPNP) has a stream, called NB Express Entry, that accepts applications from candidates without a job offer, but that must have French proficiency (at least CLB7) and score at least 67 points on the Express Entry self-assessment grid.

​The in-demand occupations list is as follows:​​​​
  • NOC 0013 – Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  • NOC 0311 – Managers in health care
  • NOC 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
  • NOC 1112 – Financial and investment analysts
  • NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals
  • NOC 1222 – Executive assistants
  • NOC 1225 – Purchasing agents and officers
  • NOC 1241 – Administrative assistants
  • NOC 1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • NOC 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
  • NOC 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2281 – Computer network technician
  • NOC 4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants
  • NOC 5125 – Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • NOC 6211 – Retail sales supervisors
  • NOC 6222 – Retail and wholesale buyers
  • NOC 6322 – Cooks

Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupations

Last update: September 18, 2019
Saskatchewan (SINP) has 2 streams (the Saskatchewan Express Entry and the Occupation In-Demand streams) that do not require a job offer to be eligible, but candidates need to (i) score at least 60 points on the assessment grid, and (ii) receive an invitation to apply (which depends on the cutoff score and the candidate’s occupation/NOC code). 

​As of September 18, 2019, the SINP has increased by around 200 the number of eligible occupations in its list of in-demand occupations. However, having work experience in one of the NOC codes below does not necessarily mean that you will receive an invitation from the SINP.

Below is the list of in-demand NOC codes for the two SINP streams (if a license is required, you can check the requirements in the Saskatchewan Express Entry and the Occupation In-Demand streams guides):

Ontario In-Demand Occupations

PNP Human Capital Priorities stream:

Ontario (OINP) has one stream called Human Capital Priorities that does not required holding a job offer. On July 11, 2019, OINP announced that it will start inviting candidates with experience in the following NOC codes in the Technology sector: 
  • NOC 0213 – Computer and information systems managers
  • NOC 2147 – Computer engineers
  • NOC 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 – Web designers and developers

PNP In-Demand Skills stream:

Another stream, called In-Demand Skills targets workers who already have a 9-month work experience in Ontario and have a job offer in one of the in-demand occupations below:​​​​
  • If the job offer is for a position in any location in Ontario :
    • NOC 3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    • NOC 4412 – Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
    • NOC 7441 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
    • NOC 7511 – Transport truck drivers
    • NOC 7521 – Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
    • NOC 7611 – Construction trades helpers and labourers
    • NOC 8431 – General farm workers
    • NOC 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers
    • NOC 8611 – Harvesting labourers
    • NOC 9462 – Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers
  • If the job offer is for a position outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the following additional occupations are accepted:
    • NOC 9411 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
    • NOC 9416 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
    • NOC 9417 – Machining tool operators
    • NOC 9418 – Other metal products machine operators
    • NOC 9421 – Chemical plant machine operators
    • NOC 9422 – Plastics processing machine operators
    • NOC 9437 – Woodworking machine operators
    • NOC 9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators
    • NOC 9461 – Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
    • NOC 9523 – Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
    • NOC 9526 – Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
    • NOC 9536 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
    • NOC 9537 – Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

British Columbia In-Demand Occupations

British Columbia (BC PNP) has a particular stream, called BC Tech Pilot, that targets IT and Technology skilled workers, and allows candidates to benefit from quicker processing times. However, a job offer in one of the following in-demand occupations is needed:
  • NOC 0131 – Telecommunication carriers managers
  • NOC 0213 – Computer and information systems managers
  • NOC 0512 – Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • NOC 2131 – Civil engineers
  • NOC 2132 – Mechanical engineers
  • NOC 2133 – Electrical and electronics engineers
  • NOC 2134 – Chemical engineers
  • NOC 2147 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • NOC 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
  • NOC 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 – Web designers and developers
  • NOC 2221 – Biological technologists and technicians
  • NOC 2241 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • NOC 2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • NOC 2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • NOC 2281 – Computer network technicians
  • NOC 2282 – User support technicians
  • NOC 2283 – Information systems testing technicians
  • NOC 5121 – Authors and writers
  • NOC 5122 – Editors
  • NOC 5125 – Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • NOC 5224 – Broadcast technicians
  • NOC 5225 – Audio and video recording technicians
  • NOC 5226 – Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  • NOC 5227 – Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
  • NOC 5241 – Graphic designers and illustrators
  • NOC 6221 – Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

Manitoba In-Demand Occupations

Manitoba (MPNP) has an Express Entry aligned stream, called the Manitoba Express Entry pathway, in which candidates do not need a job offer to be eligible. However, they will need to have close friends and/or relatives residing in Manitoba to receive an invitation to apply. 

The list of in-demand occupations is pretty long, you can find it here. For French-speaking candidates, you can still apply even if your work experience is not listed in this list.

For the Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative (MCDII), the targeted in-demand jobs are:
  • Welders
  • Early Childhood Educators (children less than 5 years old)
  • Manufacturing Supervisors
  • Food Service Supervisors (fast food)
  • Construction Managers
  • Carpenters
  • Painters and Decorators (Painter in manufacturing or construction setting)
  • Cooks
Having experience in one of these occupations does not necessarily mean receiving a provincial nomination. Indeed, the Morden program only accepts around 50 families per year, and only the occupations that are most in need in the city of Morden will be chosen.