Provinces and territories in Canada are on track this year to welcome a record number of immigrants selected under their own nominee programs.
“We plan to admit about 40,000 immigrants in the provincial nominee category in 2011, five times more than the 8,000 welcomed in 2005. The previous high was 36,428 provincial nominees in 2010,” said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Traditionally, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have attracted a disproportionate share of skilled immigrants coming to Canada. However, the top three provinces for provincial nominees are Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Thanks in large part to the provincial/territorial nominee programs, 26 per cent of economic immigrants accepted as permanent residents of Canada are now destined for provinces or territories other than Ontario, British Columbia or Quebec, compared to just 11 per cent in 1997.
The provincial nominee program is also a good way to get workers in quickly. Applications are processed within 12 months on average.