How The Provincial Nominee Program Benefits The Provinces

In some provinces, there are incentives and disincentives designed to encourage people to move to lesser populated areas.

For instance in British Colombia, you have a lower threshold for investment if you are a business entrepreneur wanting to establish a business in rural B.C. as opposed to the lower mainland. In the lower mainland, the province wants to see a much higher level of investment and job creation because they consider that market already well developed and even saturated.

The problems that faced the federal government when it wanted to disperse immigrants around the country now face the provinces who want to disperse people around the province. The charter of rights and freedoms addresses what it calls Mobility Rights. This means that a person who is a permanent resident or a citizen of Canada is entitled to live anywhere in Canada. The provinces have found some clever mechanisms within the provincial nominee program to deal with visas that have conditions attached to them. For instance, if you are coming as a business entrepreneur under a provincial nominee program and you say you are going to go to North Battleford, they require you to put up a bond. If you don’t go to North Battleford, you could end up forfeiting your bond. If they wanted to take more severe action they could say that you misrepresented yourself and they only approved you because you said you were going to go to North Battleford. In this way, the province ensures that people to go to certain areas.

A number of the provincial nominee programs are employer driven. If you don’t show up at your employer’s, you risk losing your permanent resident status for misrepresentation because the employer got you the approval solely on the basis that you were going to work for him. To the government, it looks like fraud and there is the risk that, as an immigrant, you could lose your status. If people have integrity, which we trust that most do, there will be retention in the outlying and less populated areas, and the provinces benefit greatly from that mechanism.

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If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with immigration law issues in the Calgary, Alberta Region, contact Sherritt Greene Barristers & Solicitors for a consultation.

This article is taken from a March 18, 2008 interview with Michael Greene an immigration lawyer with Sherritt Greene Barristers & Solicitors, a Calgary Immigration Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.