“The Road Not Taken” – Exploring Other Paths to Canada
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
~ Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” – 1916
Canada is well known for its pro-immigration stance, welcoming hundreds of thousands of newcomers each year through a variety of programs. The country’s economic immigration system is renowned for its objective nature, being a pioneer in points-based, merit-grounded evaluation and decision-making.
Less well known, but no less important, is an element that makes Canada’s immigration system even more attractive and available to potential new Canadians: the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). In short, Canada’s constitution gives authority to both the federal government and Canada’s ten provinces to create immigration policy. Consequently, each of these provinces, as well as two of Canada’s three territories, has signed agreements with the federal government to allow each province to design economic immigration programs which reflect each province’s individual attributes, aspirations, and needs.
This reality means that rather than being able to come to Canada through only one federal program, aspiring future Canadians have twelve streams (each of the ten provinces plus two of the territories) – and dozens more paths within these streams – to qualify as immigrants (permanent residents on pathway to citizenship) to Canada. Moreover, a Provincial Nomination (PN) can significantly expedite the processing of a federal immigration application.
Canada’s provinces are generally highly desirous of qualified immigrants, particularly given the low rate of natural increase in Canada. Especially eager to obtain new immigrants are those provinces of Canada, which are generally smaller in size and population, and consequently less known to the rest of the world, but which each possess charms and appeal.
A prime example of a province which prospective immigrants might otherwise overlook is Newfoundland and Labrador (often shortened to Newfoundland), Canada’s youngest province. Formerly a separate Dominion, this jurisdiction is known as a place of rugged natural beauty, exceptionally warm and welcoming people, and a distinctive history and culture. The province has enjoyed an economic resurgence thanks to the growth of industries such as oil and tourism.
While dotted with charming towns and villages, it also plays host to a modern, vibrant city, St. John’s. Newfoundland officially recognizes the desirability and importance of immigration to its future, having gone so far as to produce, in 2015, a five year plan, the Way Forward, to increase the number of immigrants (by a whopping 50%) that it attracts and retains.
Recently, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s newspaper of record, featured an extensive article on the appeal of Newfoundland.
Newfoundland has taken its commitment seriously. To add to its established Skilled Worker (Base and Express Entry) and International Graduate Programs, it has created International Entrepreneur and International Graduate Entrepreneur programs.
Along with its fellow Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) Newfoundland is a participant in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), yet another initiative, this one employer-driven, to encourage immigration.
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