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Is the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program moving in the right direction?

Late last month, the Manitoba Government announced a number of proposed changes  to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

As I allude to in my CBC op-ed from yesterday, while the direction of these changes is positive, the devil, as they say, is in the details.

Provincial Nominee Programs are, first and foremost, economic immigration programs. As a result, their focus should be on bringing in immigrants who will positively impact the economy on day one.

In contrast, the federal government’s Family Class program is the one is the one that should be used for family reunification. While there is room for both goals in provincial nominee programs, the primary goals of both of these programs should not be confused.

How will Manitoba forge immigration partnerships with business, not-for-profits, and educational institutions to ensure the best and the brightest come to Canada? What role will family play in the new system? These are some of the questions that will be addressed as the new Provincial Nominee Program begins to take shape.

While time will tell us the eventual level of success, the first signs are encouraging.



About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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