Directors of controversial P.E.I. immigrant program receive large bonuses

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CHARLOTTETOWN The top three directors of a controversial P.E.I. immigration program being investigated by the auditor general each received $19,000 in bonuses last year.

Documents obtained by the Charlottetown Guardian show the bonuses were part of almost $800,000 in bonuses, overtime and travel expenses paid to administrators of the Provincial Nominee Program between May and September.

The $19,000 in bonuses was on top of annual salaries that ranged from about $55,000 to $111,000.

The money was garnered from immigrants themselves.

Each immigrant interviewed overseas was charged a $2,500 interview fee and immigrant investors had to pay administration fees of up to $18,000.

The provincial auditor general is currently investigating the federal-provincial program, which allows people to immigrate to Canada in exchange for an investment of $200,000 into a local business.

Geographic location: P.E.I., CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada

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