Which Province is Best for Canada PR for International Students

Province for Canada PR for International Students

Many international students end up loving Canada and want to stay after graduation. There is an opportunity for international students on a student visa to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency after graduation. Current students sometimes will wonder, “which province should I move to after graduation?”. Each province has different options for international students and offers different advantages and disadvantages.

Which Province is Easiest to Get Permanent Residency

There are 3 options for International Students to get Canada PR after graduation:

  1. Canadian Experience Class
  2. Federal Skilled Worker Class
  3. Provincial Nominee Program

The Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Class aren’t province-specific. If you’re interested in applying for Provincial Nominee Program then you will have to pick which province you want to apply for.

Below you’ll find each province in Canada and how immigrants explain their life in the province.


Learn about Life in Alberta for Immigrants

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

British Columbia

Learn about Life in British Columbia for Immigrants

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program


Learn about Life in Manitoba for Immigrants

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Newfoundland and Labrador

Learn about Life in Newfoundland and Labrador for Immigrants

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

New Brunswick

Learn about Life in New Brunswick for Immigrants

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

Nova Scotia

Learn about Life in Nova Scotia for Immigrant

Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program

Northwest Territories

Learn about Life in the Northwest Territories for Immigrant

Northwest Territories Nominee Program


Learn about Life in Ontario for Immigrants

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Prince Edward Island

Learn about Life in Prince Edward Island for Immigrants

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program


Learn about Life in Saskatchewan for Immigrants

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program


Learn about Life in Yukon for Immigrants

Yukon Nominee Program

How to Pick a Province for Canadian Permanent Residency After Graduation

When thinking about permanent residence in Canada for international students and graduates, please consider not only the province you graduated in but also the province you want to live and work in. Canada’s provinces are vast and offer so many different things for each person. There are several things that a student should look for in a province:

  1. Financial Earnings and Spending
  2. Weather Conditions
  3. Culture

 Most Expensive Provinces in Canada to Live In

British Columbia

  • The Economist ranked Vancouver as the most expensive city to live in North America, with the average price of a house a whopping $748,651!
  • Victoria is the third most expensive city to buy a house in Canada, with an average price of $421,939.



  • Toronto is the second-most expensive city to buy a home in Canada (average price January 2013 $482,648).
  • Canada’s fifth most expensive urban home center is Hamilton-Burlington (average home cost $349,943.) Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, if the traffic is cooperating, you’re less than an hour west of Toronto.
  • Settling in Canada’s capital and fourth-largest city, Ottawa will cost the average new home buyer $343,382.



  • If you tried to buy a home in Calgary, a.k.a. Canada’s Energy Capital, the average cost would probably be around $418,983.
  • Owning a new home in Edmonton will cost you on average $323,541.
  • The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation projected the average 2011 household income in the Fort McMurray region to be over $177,000 a year.



  • A new home will set you back an average of $320,812 in Saskatoon.



  • A home in Montreal will set you back an average of $318,982, but the bonus is the city’s festive spirit!


Highest Unemployment Rate in Canadian Provinces

The list of Canadian provinces by unemployment rate are statistics that directly refer to the nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate. The list will go from the province with the highest rate of unemployment to the least unemployment:

Nunavut: 14.1%

Newfoundland and Labrador: 12.4%

Prince Edward Island: 9%

Northwest Territories: 7.3%

New Brunswick: 7.2%

Alberta: 6.7%

Nova Scotia: 6.5%

Saskatchewan: 5.3%

Ontario: 5.2%

Quebec: 5%

British Columbia: 4.3%

Yukon: 2.7%

Now, even if a province you’re interested in has a higher unemployment rate, don’t rule it out! Many provinces have a high unemployment rate but have jobs available. Provinces such as New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are planning to accept more immigrants every year to fill these job positions.

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Ella Rae Bergquist

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