Ontario Losing Immigrants2012-03-06
As you may know, the Canadian immigration system is federally regulated (by the federal government). However, the federal government works with provinces to ensure that each province can have input into the immigration process in way that suits their needs (this is typically done through the Provincial Nominee Programs.
However, Ontario – Canada’s largest province – is claiming that it is losing out on immigrants under the federal government’s current immigration policies.
One reason is that it was one of the last provinces to join the Provincial Nominee Program and thus received only a small portion of the allocated numbers of immigrants processed through the program.
Ontario – like all the other provinces and territorities – is also facing a longer term demographic challenge whereby its workers are aging and immigration is a key component to ensure a vibrant and youthful workforce going forward to support the tax base of the province.
I can certainly envision increasing competition amongst provinces to attract immigrants through nominee programs and ongoing deals with the federal government, as each province understands the importance of immigration to its future health and well-being.
At some point, the federal government will have to re-vamp the nominee programs to ensure fairness across the country. Indeed, we have seen a great number of news items lately where the government has outlined a number of coming changes to the immigration system to help ensure fairness to both the native population and to immigrants as well.
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If you are thinking of applying to a provincial nominee program, be sure to consult a Canadian immigration lawyer for assistance.