PNP launched in Ontario, tweaked in Alberta

Programs let provinces target immigrants they need
By Kristan Wolfe
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2007

Alberta is making changes to its provincial nominee program (PNP), and Ontario has gotten in on the act by launching its own program, to ease both the current shortage of skilled labour and to confront the forecasted sharp decline of workers.

PNPs allow provinces to nominate individuals for immigration based on labour needs and provincial priorities.

In an effort to address the labour shortage in Alberta, the provincial government recently expanded its PNP from a pilot program to a permanent venture. The program, administered in conjunction with the federal government, began in 2002 and processed about 100 nominees. The expanded PNP is expected to handle about 2,500 nominations this year alone.