Federal changes to immigration services will have a major impact in Manitoba and Premier Greg Selinger is fuming.
As part of the wave of budget cuts happening across the province, the federal Citizenship and Immigration Department office in Winnipeg will be relocated to Calgary.
Ottawa is also cancelling its shared settlement services agreement with the province, according to Selinger.
Without funding from that agreement, the province's highly-successful Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is dead, he said, adding he learned about the changes late Wednesday.
The PNP is a national strategy meant to help skilled workers and entrepreneurs from other countries gain permanent resident status in Canada more quickly.
Until now, the program had been administered by Manitoba but funded by Ottawa.
"We're the closest to the communities and we've got a fantastic success, even acknowledged by Minister [Jason] Kenney himself. So if he's planning to say that he can run it better out of Ottawa or Calgary, I don't think there's any evidence to support that," Selinger said.
He has written a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding the funding be reinstated.
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