The Immigration ministers of Canada deliver an update on the country’s key priorities
The immigration ministers of Canada delivered an update on the country’s key priorities.
The Forum of Immigration Ministers recently explored ways to achieve shared aims. In their last meeting, the ministers aimed to maximize the effectiveness of the immigration system to meet economic and regional needs, including increasing provincial/territorial (PT) involvement in the selection process.
Proposal for a Multi-Year Provincial Nominee Program and an Atlantic Immigration Program
Significantly, the ministers approved the first multi-year Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) plan. This strategy will help provinces and territories plan ahead of time for immigration admissions and settlement. Arlene Dunn, the minister responsible for immigration in New Brunswick, stated on behalf of the provinces and territories that governments and territories are best placed to pick economic immigrants. Minister Dunn stated that expanding the PNP, AIP, and Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will assist in reducing the IRCC backlog and improve processing times so clients can be better served and their needs met. The strategy calls for a 44% increase in PNP allocations in 2023.
Immigration jurisdiction is shared
The Provincial Nominee Program is a major component of this shared obligation (PNP). With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, each province has its own PNP via which candidates for permanent residency (PR) can indicate a preference to work and live in a specific province. Québec has its own immigration system.
If the provincial government considers the candidate can easily integrate into the workforce and contribute to the provincial economy, they may award them a provincial nomination. Being nominated does not automatically imply that the candidate is a permanent resident, but it can help strengthen their application to the federal government.
Finally, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have the final word on how many people are invited to apply for PR under a PNP.
According to the Immigration Levels Strategy 2023-2025, PNP admissions will continue to outnumber federal high-skilled (Express Entry) admissions through 2025.
Immigration drawings are held on a regular basis by provinces and territories. This week, British Columbia, Ontario, and Manitoba held PNP draws, while Quebec held a draw under its own method.
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