• CIC News is profiling Canada's various provincial nominee programs over the coming weeks
    Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program has grown exponentially since its creation in the 1990s and now stands second only to the federal Express Entry system as the leading pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled foreign workers.

    Recent weeks have seen nominee streams in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia issue more than 2,500 invitations to workers with a range of skills and professional experience to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
    Quebec is the only Canadian province that does not take part in the PNP. It has a separate agreement with the federal government that gives it sole responsibility for the selection of economic-class immigrants.

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    Since the PNP’s first year in operation in 1996, when only 233 people were admitted to Canada through the program, it has evolved to the point where its admissions target for 2019 is 61,000.
    Looked at over the next three years, Canada could receive as many as 213,000 new permanent residents through the PNP alone.
    The reasons for this expansion are clear: Canada’s population is ageing, its birth rate is declining and labour shortages are expanding as a result. This trend is especially heightened in smaller provinces, which are also struggling with the loss of residents to other parts of Canada.

  • Promoting immigration to smaller provinces, cities, and towns across Canada — a process known as “regionalization” — has been the rage since the 1990s.

  • Recent weeks have seen an impressive amount of activity among Canada’s Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams. In the past five days alone, more than 1,400 Express Entry candidates have been contacted by Canada’s provinces to apply for a provincial nomination.

  • The Government of Canada has named 11 Canadian communities that have been selected to take ‎part in its new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. ‎

  • MoneySense's annual ranking of the best cities and towns for new immigrants to Canada has been updated for 2016, with various destinations across the country vying to be crowned number one. The ranking system looks at employment rates, rental costs and existing immigrant populations in communities across Canada.

  • International migration continued to drive Canadian population growth in the final quarter of 2017, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the increase seen during that three-month period, new Statistics Canada data reveal. The federal agency said international migration, which includes immigration, return emigration and net non-permanent residents, “remained the main driver of population growth” between October 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018.

  • The Government of Ontario is being encouraged to create a new immigration pilot program that would address labour needs in its northern and rural regions. Promoted by the Northern Policy Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to issues in Northern Ontario, the proposed Ontario Rural and Remote Pilot draws on existing immigration programs like the federal-provincial Atlantic immigration pilot (AIP) and Manitoba’s morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative.

  • The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, has received an additional nomination allocation for 2017.

  • Candidates in the Express Entry pool may find themselves selected by provinces . specialized immigration streams in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia started selecting qualified skilled workers from Express Entry selection pool.

  • Canada’s provinces employ a variety of approaches to selecting the Express Entry candidates they invite to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence, and the past week saw examples of three of them in action in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.

  • The province of Ontario led Canada’s provinces and territories in net employment gains in 2018 During 2018 Canada’s unemployment rate reach its lowest point since 1976.

  • Immigrants have a key role to play in helping grow the Canadian economy and off-setting the country’s growing shortage of skilled labour, says Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. In a March 13 speech at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, the head of Canada’s central bank said immigration is critical to keeping inflation low and balancing the trend of Canada’s aging workforce.

  • Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement creates a framework to attract, select and support skilled newcomers

  • While many developed countries are expected to see some population decrease over the next 50 years, Canada’s population is projected to flourish as a result of immigration.

  • Immigration continued to drive population increases in Canada’s provinces between April and July of this year — a three month period that saw one of Canada’s largest quarterly population gains ever recorded.
    Overall, Canada’s population grew by 181,057 during those three months and was estimated to be at 37,589,262 on July 1, 2019.
    Statistics Canada said this number represents the second-highest quarterly increase, in absolute numbers, in 48 years.
    International migration (immigrants, temporary residents and returning emigrants) “remained the main driver of Canada’s population growth, accounting for 85 per cent of the quarterly growth,” Statistics Canada reported.
    A record 94,281 new immigrants to Canada arrived during the second quarter of 2019.
    Prince Edward Island led provinces in growth
    Net international migration was positive in all provinces and in the Yukon Territory between April and July.
    Statistics Canada called it the “main growth driver, reaching levels rarely, if ever, seen during a second quarter” and attributed the growth mainly to “the high number of new immigrants.”
    The province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) posted what Statistics Canada called the “most rapid population growth in Canada” in those three months.
    PEI’s nation-leading population increase of 0.8 per cent during the quarter was driven primarily by net international migration, which accounted for 78.4 per cent of total population growth in the province.
    Net international migration was also the main contributor to the Yukon Territory’s second-place finish in terms of population growth in that same period. The Yukon’s population grew by 0.6 per cent over the quarter, with net international migration accounting for 62 per cent of the increase.
    Factors of population growth in Canada’s provinces and territories, April to July 2019

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    Net international migration was an even greater contributor to total growth in Quebec (87.1 per cent) and Ontario (85.5 per cent) between April and July.
    It also played a leading role in population growth in British Columbia (78.2 per cent) and Alberta (61.1 per cent).
    Statistics Canada said net international migration helped offset interprovincial migratory losses in Manitoba and Saskatchewan of -2,802 and -2,719 people, respectively, helping both provinces finish the quarter with positive growth rates.
    International migration also helped offset negative natural increases (more deaths than births) in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, allowing both provinces to finish the quarter with population growth rates of 0.5 per cent and 0.4 per cent, respectively.
    International migration was also up in Newfoundland and Labrador, though the province finished the quarter with negative population growth due to a high number of deaths compared to births and outmigration to other provinces.

  • Millions of new Canadians will arrive through Canada’s various immigration programs during the new decade and several expected policy updates will help to pave the way in 2020.

  • Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario had the highest job vacancy rates among Canada's provinces

  • The government of Ontario has clarified the registration and application process for the human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigration nominee program . There had been some confusion regarding the new process since the popular stream was reopened last month. This confusion derived from a new online process that includes a registration deadline and an application deadline.

  • Quebec’s population growth slowed in 2015 as more Quebecers died, fewer babies were born and fewer immigrants settled in the province, but Quebec is expecting to reverse the trend in 2016, thanks to the arrival of Syrian refugees.

  • Canada’s economy created 320,000 jobs in the 12 months leading up to December