10/29/2013 07:32 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Numbers Increased By Ottawa, Says Premier

OTTAWA - Premier Brad Wall says the federal government is going to allow more people to move to the province under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.

The province will be allowed 4,725 immigrants in 2014 — up from 4,450 this year.

Wall — who is in Ottawa for meetings with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and some federal cabinet ministers — says the increase represents 18 per cent of the additional nominees allocated across Canada in 2014.

The premier says the province would like to see more, but calls the latest increase progress.

Saskatchewan has been lobbying the federal government to increase the number of immigrants allowed into the province to help deal with a shortage in skilled labour.

It wants the cap on provincial immigrant nominees raised to 6,000 per year.

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