03/12/2012 10:33 EDT | Updated 05/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Western provinces seek increase to immigration caps in nominee program

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan is seeking to increase the cap on the number of immigrants allowed to come here through the immigrant nominee program.

Rob Norris, responsible for Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, says the province would like to see the cap raised to 6,000 people from 4,000.

Norris says Alberta and B.C. are also seeking to have their caps raised as well, and the three provinces are working together to put the pressure on Ottawa.

A recent study done by the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Manitoba says that immigrant nominees tend to enter the workforce rapidly.

They experience low levels of unemployment, with close to 90 per cent of them having permanent jobs.