Do Provincial Nominees Remain in their Designated Province?

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed to contribute to the more equitable distribution of new immigrants across Canada. It is a leading way to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. A related objective is the retention and integration of provincial nominees in the nominating province or territory.

Statistics Canada has recently released a study that examined the PNP, specifically the retention of newcomers in the province they choose to land in. Statistics Canada used data from the Immigrant Landing File and tax records, along with three indicators of retention, to measure the tendency of a province or territory to retain its immigrants.

The results of the study showed that the retention of PNP immigrants in the province or territory of landing was generally high.

Overall, 89% of the provincial nominees who landed in 2019 had stayed in their intended province or territory by the end of the landing year. However, there was a large variation by province or territory, ranging from 69% in Prince Edward Island to 97% in Ontario.

Various factors contribute to the variation in retention rates among provincial nominees across different provinces. Economic conditions and opportunities within each province play a significant role. Additionally, the balance of labour supply and demand in the specific occupations of new nominees influences retention rates. City size is another contributing factor, with larger cities like Toronto and Vancouver generally experiencing higher retention rates among economic immigrants.

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