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NEWS RELEASE · 19th July 2011
Conservative Party
On Tuesday, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, discussed the rapid growth in recent years of provincial nominee programs. In a speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade, he highlighted the important link between immigration and the economy.

The top priority of Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government remains the economy. Canadians gave our Government a strong mandate to stay focused on what matters — strengthening job creation and economic growth.

Immigrants contribute to Canada’s economy through hard work, entrepreneurship and a commitment to free markets. Provinces are able to sponsor immigrants to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program.

Minister Kenney announced that the provinces and territories are on track this year to welcome a record number of immigrants under the program. These new immigrants are people who work hard and play by the rules for the opportunity to live, work, and raise a family in our great country.

As we continue to recover from the global recession, our Government is supporting economic immigration to help ensure employers have the workers they need to maintain Canada’s continued economic growth.