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Provincial Nominee Programs: An Evaluation of the Earnings and Retention Rates of Nominees


  • Manish Pandey
  • James Townsend

    (Department of Economics, The University of Winnipeg)


Provincial Nominee Programs have increased the role of the provinces in selecting economic class immigrants to Canada. Despite the growing importance of the Nominee programs, relatively little is known about the outcomes of immigrants landing through these programs. In this paper, we use administrative data to compare the earnings and retention rates of Nominees with federal economic class immigrants in the first two years after landing. We find that Nominees had substantially higher earnings. However, Manitoba was the only province where Nominees were more likely to stay in the nominating province than observationally equivalent federal economic class immigrants.

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  • Manish Pandey & James Townsend, 2010. "Provincial Nominee Programs: An Evaluation of the Earnings and Retention Rates of Nominees," Departmental Working Papers 2010-01, The University of Winnipeg, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:win:winwop:2010-01

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    1. Yujiro Sano & Lisa Kaida & Liam Swiss, 2017. "Earnings of Immigrants in Traditional and Non-Traditional Destinations: A Case Study from Atlantic Canada," Journal of International Migration and Integration, Springer, vol. 18(3), pages 961-980, August.
    2. Ferrer, Ana M. & Picot, Garnett & Riddell, W. Craig, 2012. "New Directions in Immigration Policy: Canada’s Evolving Approach to Immigration Selection," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2012-34, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 30 Nov 2012.
    3. Ana M. Ferrer & Garnett Picot & William Craig Riddell, 2014. "New Directions in Immigration Policy: Canada's Evolving Approach to the Selection of Economic Immigrants," International Migration Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(3), pages 846-867, September.

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    Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers; Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials;
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    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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