TD Economists urge Canada to expand Provincial Immigrant Nominee Program

A report by the Toronto Dominion bank argues that Canada could reduce the wage gap between immigrant and native-born Canadians by expanding the provincial nominee program.

The provincial nominee program requires immigrants to live a certain number of years in the sponsoring province, and allows provinces to create their own criteria for an applicant being accepted as a permanent resident.

As reported by the Vancouver Sun:

One way to improve this outcome would be to expand the provincial nominee program, Alexander said, as the provincial programs result in better employment numbers.
“At the end of the day, I think the provinces know what their labour markets need best.”

The TD report also says that Canada should make its immigration criteria more flexible, and give more priority to language proficiency. Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney declared last month that the Canadian government is making these very changes to the immigration admission process.

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