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Government Announces 2,000 Additional Spots for the Provincial Nominee Programs

On March 12, 2019, Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussein,

On March 12, 2019, Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussein, announced the expansion of opportunities for temporary foreign workers. In a press release issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), it is reported that the Government allocates 2,000 additional spots for candidates for Provincial Nominee Programs. These additional spaces will provide more opportunities for existing temporary foreign workers at the intermediate skill level (National Occupation Code C) to transition to permanent residence and help to address worker vulnerability. These additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program complement other immigration programs, including the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the recently launched Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, which can also help temporary foreign workers become permanent residents. The IRCC has not reported how the quota will be distributed between the Provinces.


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