Immigration to Atlantic Canada

Leaders of Atlantic Canada announced a new immigration strategy developed together with Federal authorities.

Atlantic provinces of Canada are ready to boost immigration. These changes became known after the Federal Government (as supported by Premiers of Atlantic provinces) declared the launch of a new pilot program to make immigration easier for provincial nominees (PNP).

This plan is part of a wider set of activities called the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

Atlantic provinces include New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. The new pilot program was announced in Prince Edward Island on July 4 followed by a meeting of four Premiers of Atlantic Canada: Wade MacLauchlan of Prince Edward Island, Brian Gallant of New Brunswick, Dwight Ball of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Stephen MacNeil of Nova Scotia. Federal ministers, including John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, were also present in the meeting.

The pilot program with the initial period planned to last three years aims at creating conditions when thousands of immigrants with certain professional skills will be able to immigrate to these provinces fully in compliance with the needs of local employers.

Additional efforts will be applied to expedite the recognition process of foreign education and experience.

According to government officials, it is planned to accept up to 2000 immigrants (with their families) to Atlantic provinces in 2017. In subsequent years, this amount may grow depending on the immigration program performance.

“So it could be something like 4,000 people, and that number is scheduled to rise in coming years, depending on how well we do,” said John McCallum, having added that he heard “loudly and clearly” a message from the Atlantic team as they intend to boost immigration in the region.

“We will be open to a variety of skill classes, and we, in my office, will work with each government to develop a plan specific to their own province with a focus on particular occupations, particular regions and with a focus on engaging companies to not only recruit the immigrants but to undertake measures to keep them here,” McCallum added.

Premiers of Atlantic Canada echo the remarks of the Minister of Immigration, and Brian Gallant stated that “it is crucial for us to retain the young people, repatriate residents to Atlantic Canada and boost the number of newcomers to all four provinces.

The pilot immigration program will help new Canadians settle in the region having ensured more flexibility for the provinces and having concentrated more efforts on retaining the immigrants here”.
Some basic information about the program itself.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Federal Agency dealing with boosting economy in Atlantic provinces shared some details about the new program including the following :

  • Improved coordination:

All key players (Federal Government, provincial governments, employers, educational institutions, city and district agencies) will work closely with each other to make sure that all factors influencing workforce retention in the region get appropriate attention during the pilot.

  • More employers’ involvement:

Provincial authorities will be involved in cooperating with employers. Together they will work on solutions to retain immigrants in the country and create favorable conditions for them to start their lives.

  • Improved flexibility:

This pilot program will provide Atlantic provinces with the required flexibility to be able to focus on current challenges faced by the labor market (in particular, its priority sectors). Having recognized that each province has its needs, all 4 regional players have the opportunity to tailor the program to their specific conditions.

  • Speed and distance:

The program will include the principle of processing by priority so that needs of a certain labor market segment could be worked on in a speedy fashion.

  • Across-the-board Accountability:

Special attention will be paid to measuring key performance indicators (for example, the number of retained workers, employers’ involvement) and quarterly reporting in order to make sure that the pilot program works and the set objectives are being achieved.

The program will be launched in the beginning of 2017 for the duration of 3 years.

CONTACT ICS to see how we can help you with immigration to Atlantic Canada