Chair of the Council of the Federation, BC Premier John Horgan hosted the 2022 Summer Meeting of Canada’s Premiers on July 11 and 12 at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria.

The Council of the Federation comprises 13 provincial and territorial Premiers as its members.

Established in 2003, the Council enables Premiers to work collaboratively to strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive relationship among the provinces and territories, and with the federal government.

The Council’s objectives are to:

● Promote interprovincial-territorial cooperation and closer ties between Premiers, to ultimately strengthen Canada.

● Foster meaningful relations between governments based on respect for the Constitution and recognition of the diversity within the federation.

● Show leadership on issues important to all Canadians.

In the meeting, the Premiers discussed ways to improve immigration and granting more freedom to the provinces in selection and recruitment of international students among other candidates who apply under the Provincial Nominee Programs.

“To support the retention of Canadian educated international students, (the) premiers urge the federal government to remove barriers to international students accessing federal employment support programs, including collaboration with provinces and territories in optimizing the Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) for international students to meet local workforce needs and more efficient transitions to permanent residency”

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP’s) are programs that Canadian provinces

participate in and invite candidates with relevant skills and work experience with the

intention of supporting the regional labor market challenges. This program, launched in

1998, is the second most popular and effective way to immigrate to Canada as a skilled


Nearly every province and territory in Canada operates the PNP and welcomes skilled

workers from all over the world to help strengthen their economies. Provinces and

territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through the Provincial

Nominee Program (PNP) to meet local labor market needs. Usually, PNP-linked

Express Entry draws are held every two weeks by every province.

Canada has continued to accept applications, issue invites, and process applications for

these PNP streams throughout the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent travel

restrictions. It is projected that in 2022, over 80,000 immigrants are expected to become

permanent residents of Canada through the PNP.

Other topics like economies, inflation and healthcare were also discussed at the meeting. If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit or Migrate to Canada, talk to I Can Help Immigration Services, Canada’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company to get the best help you need