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.