P.E.I.’s now-defunct immigrant partner program supposedly saw immigrants invest up to $200,000 in businesses in which they then played an active management role. University of King’s College students investigated and found partnerships that existed mostly on paper.
Immigrants were put on the boards of directors of companies, giving them legal liabilities, but according to one expert, no requirement to play a management role.
While P.E.I.'s Immigrant Partner program floundered amid allegations of misuse, western-Canadian nominee programs flourished as they focused on attracting workers.