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Canada Plans Immigration Increases for the Atlantic Provinces

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"The Atlantic Provinces of Canada, namely New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island require economic immigration to maintain their labor market development.With a rapidly aging population, lower birth rates and lower interprovincial migration, the Atlantic Provinces require foreign workers and international graduates to meet its economic growth targets."
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Published on:  Apr 15, 2021
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The Atlantic Provinces of Canada, namely New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island require economic immigration to maintain their labor market development.

With a rapidly aging population, lower birth rates and lower interprovincial migration, the Atlantic Provinces require foreign workers and international graduates to meet its economic growth targets.

Immigration is a key part of the East Coast region’s capability to meet the labor market shortages, demands and ensure economic growth.

Federal Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino said that, “Atlantic Canadians have proven themselves to be leaders regarding attracting and retaining high skilled workers who help the local businesses to grow and create more jobs at home”.

What are the Changes to Immigration Plans for the Atlantic Provinces?

The major boost to Atlantic immigration will come from the increased Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022.

Canada has dramatically increased its immigration targets due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Canada will welcome over 1.2 million new permanent residents between 2020-2022.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the immigration targets were significantly less with only 351,000 new immigrants in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.

The new immigration targets aim to compensate for the deficiency in immigration due to travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic.

What Immigration Programs Will Attract Immigrants to Atlantic Canada?

The Immigration Minister also highlighted the importance of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

The AIPP helps the Atlantic Provinces to attract highly skilled workers who can contribute to the economic development of the region.

He also said that the government is planning to make it a permanent program at the end of 2021.

Since its launch, the AIPP has attracted almost 6,900 foreign workers to settle permanently in the region.

The Immigration Minister also mentioned the importance of encouraging international graduates who contribute roughly $22 billion annually to the Canadian economy and the Atlantic Provinces.

The capital city of Nova Scotia, Halifax has set its targets in its 5 year Economic Growth Plan. Halifax intended to grow its population by 25% by 2031.

This is expected to give a $30 million boost to its GDP. The population growth will be largely driven by international immigration.

In the past 5 years, Halifax has managed to increase its population by adding 9,747 new residents till June 2019.

Each Atlantic Province’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and their Express Entry aligned PNP streams will contribute to the coming growth as well.

How Does the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) Work and Who Is It Aiming to Attract?

The Atlantic Provinces will encourage further immigration through the AIPP and its 3 subcategories.

The AIPP is an employer-driven program that allows foreign nationals with a job offer to immigrate without requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

It has 3 sub-programs:

The AHSP is for skilled workers with a job offer for permanent employment in the province.

The AISP is for semi-skilled workers with a job offer for permanent employment in the province.

The AIGP is for international graduates with a job offer for permanent employment in the province.

Applicants require a settlement plan and a Certificate of Endorsement to be eligible for permanent residence through this program.

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