Ontario’s immigration minister wants more control over economic class selection

Monte McNaughton talks to CIC News about his hopes for the future of Ontario immigration

Ontario’s immigration minister, Monte McNaughton wants the province to get twice as many immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and have more authority over economic immigration. “As it stands, over 211,000 immigrants are coming to Ontario this year. Ontario chooses less than 5% of those immigrants,” McNaughton said in an exclusive interview with CIC News yesterday. “In comparison, Quebec is selecting about 50,000 this year, British Columbia can choose 11,000, Nova Scotia’s choosing 50% of their immigrants. We’re really at a disadvantage that’s why I want a new deal from Ottawa when it comes to immigration.” McNaughton also said that while are an estimated 211,000 newcomers coming to Ontario this year and roughly 378,000 vacant jobs are going unfilled, the province is only allowed to nominate 9,750 of them under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) for Canadian permanent residence.