Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released a study highlighting the achievements of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The study has found that the majority of immigrants who have become Canadian permanent residents through the PNPs are succeeding in Canada.
According to the study (which evaluated newcomers who had arrived between 2004 and 2009), 90 per cent of immigrants under the Provincial Nominee Programs were employed within their first year in Canada, and 70 per cent had found a Canadian job in line with their skills and training. In addition, the programs helped to attract immigrants to more areas in Canada than the traditionally popular destinations of Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.
PNPs are responsible for over 36,000 new immigrants per year, and in 2012, Canada is expected to welcome between 42,000 and 45,000 permanent residents under the PNPs.
The study also examined ways the programs could be improved.
“As I’ve said in the past, we are excited about this program but realize that it needs improvement in key areas,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
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