Canadian Provincial Head Wants More Immigration Power

MP Jason Kenney of the Conservative Party fiel...

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney (Image via Wikipedia)

The head of one of Canada’s largest provinces wants the country’s federal government to cede more authority to local governments in making decisions related to immigration.

Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia says that because provinces are in the frontline in understanding the local economic and social needs, they should have more power to determine immigration policies.

Currently, immigration policy in Canada is a federal matter, even though the provinces – which are the second level of government – have a say, particularly through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which lets them choose the immigrants they need.

Clark wants a larger say in determining the cap on PNP, and is also calling for a rethink on the immigrant investor program.

But the federal government has been reluctant to hand over more powers. Federal immigration minister Jason Kenney has been quoted as saying that it will not be a responsible thing to do.

Besides, he has also pointed out that BC’s cap on the PNP increased tenfold, to 5000, between 2005 and now.

Recently, Kenney announced that the number of immigrants allowed through the PNP will increase from the estimated 36,000 this year, to between 42,000 and 45,000 in 2012.


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