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A Decade Later: Assessing Successes and Challenges in Manitoba's Provincial Immigrant Nominee Program


  • Nathaniel M. Lewis


During the past decade, Manitoba's Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has increased immigration to the province and dispersed immigrants more widely within Manitoba. At the same time, the rapid growth of the program and the decentralized way in which it has been implemented have contributed to some challenges. This ten-year analysis of the MPNP finds that many places in Manitoba are experiencing settlement service gaps, and that immigrants and communities are taking on much of the burden for MPNP application and settlement. In addition, the analysis demonstrates that the fragmented way in which the MPNP has been marketed and implemented (i.e., by relying on particular employers, consultants, and ethnocultural organizations) has resulted in a sort of ethnocultural inequality where certain groups are ushered into the province - often to perform particular occupations - while others are bypassed.

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  • Nathaniel M. Lewis, 2010. "A Decade Later: Assessing Successes and Challenges in Manitoba's Provincial Immigrant Nominee Program," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 36(2), pages 241-264, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:36:y:2010:i:2:p:241-264

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