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A study released Wednesday found the bulk of skilled and semi-skilled workers who come to Manitoba through the provincial nominee program find permanent jobs within three months.
The independent study conducted for the province by University of Winnipeg professor Tom Carter found 85 per cent of provincial nominees were working after three months and 89 per cent had permanent jobs.
Provincial officials said the review proves the program is a success, since 83 per cent of provincial nominees were working in their fields over time, and after three to five years in Manitoba 76 per cent were homeowners.
"The results of this survey will help us demonstrate to the federal government that Manitoba's Provincial Nominee Program has been successful in recruiting and retaining newcomers who help our economy grow," Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard said in a statement.
"This very successful model should be allowed to continue to grow."
It is expected the province will use the study's results to push the federal government to allow Manitoba to accept more than 5,000 nominees each year.
Manitoba has attracted tens of thousands of skilled and semi-skilled workers through the provincial nominee program, a stream of federal immigration that gives provinces the power to recruit new Canadians into job vacancies.
Population growth, driven in large part by provincial nominees, has helped fuel the Manitoba economy, which has posted above-average growth for much of the last decade.
Manitoba subsequently notified Ottawa it could accept 5,600 provincial nominees this year, but to date, the federal government has not been open to Manitoba's second request for more.
The federal immigration minister recently told the Free Press that Canada can only afford to screen so many immigrants each year.