December 9, 2014/Toronto - The Auditor General (AG) of Ontario has found serious shortcomings in the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in her 2014 Annual Report, released on Tuesday December 9, 2014. The report makes several important recommendations, which when implemented will bring a transformation to ensure program integrity.
The PNP as a policy tool is critically important to Ontario, Canada's largest province, to compete with other countries as well as provinces and territories for highly qualified immigrants.
In the recently tabled Bill 49 – the Ontario Immigration Act, Ontario clearly states it's commitment to immigrants and refugees and their successful settlement and integration. Settlement programs have worked well in the province for the most part. Now the province must pay urgent attention to the selection process so it can continue to attract immigrants who want to contribute and will be part of building the Ontario of the future.
The PNP is an important joint immigration program between the federal and provincial governments that allows provinces and territories nominate for permanent residence individuals who will meet specific local labour market needs.