The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows provinces and territories to nominate individuals
to come to Canada as provincial nominees. Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with
the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that
province. However, it is necessary first to apply to the province where you wish to settle and
complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider your application based
on its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there. Recently, the PNP program
has created a test to better test the skills of the nominees. Applicants of semi or low-skilled
professions will need language testing. This test will show whether your skills meet a minimum
standard in each of these four categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing after July 1,
The significance of this program is that it allows newcomers to immigrate to Canada faster. Also,
the government of Canada is working to spread the benefits of economic immigration across the
country by meeting local labour market needs through bringing skilled workers to Canada.
According to the immigration department, the Provincial Nominee Program has become the
second largest source of economic immigration to Canada and is designed to fill gaps in the
labour market by allowing provinces to nominate individuals for permanent residence who meet
specific local labour market needs. This allows individuals from across the world to have an
opportunity at a better life and have the skills to be able to work in Canada.
This is related to the broader themes of the course because it introduces us to the several key
areas of public policy one of them being immigration policy. For example, the new change to
PNP program which requires applicants to do a formal test of their skills is an illustration of
public policy making. Before applicants were not required to write this test but because of
growing concern that many newcomers didn’t have the basic skills of listening, speaking,
reading or writing. Recognizing this problem, the government added a new requirement to be
eligible to come to Canada. This shows the public policy making process of immigration.
A displaced person is an individual who is forced to leave his/her country due to the fear of
persecution, war, famine or natural disaster. When the person migrates to another country he/she
becomes a refugee and has a refugee status in the country they have taken asylum in. The term
originated after World War II when many migrated from Eastern Europe to all across the world,
many settling in Canada and the United States.
The significance of this term is that during the where many of the displaced persons arrived in
Canada or the United States. Many East European settlers were discriminated against because
they were not English or French. The Prime Minister at the time realized that Canada was not
only increasing in population but in diversity as well. He also noted that these “displaced
persons” were making large contributions to the economy especially in the agricultural sector.
This made Canada make a dramatic change to their immigration policy which was to be more
welcoming and open to newcomers into Canada. As a result, this eventually led to the