As immigration increases to Atlantic Canada, new research project wants to ensure newcomers stay

The province of Canada, Atlantic, is having absolutely no problem attracting the immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program. A newly launched three year research project is about to settle permanently in the region.

The Public Policy forum which is an independent Canadian research organization has united the private, public and the nonprofit organization. The project is under the guidance of the new two part called The People Imperative which has released this week.

The majority of the immigrants of the Atlantic Canada region 2017 were invited through the PNP which is now considered to be having more number 20 across the Atlantic region’s four provinces; Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

PNP are considered to be the fast track options for getting permanent residence in Canada and also allow the Canadian provinces and the territories to nominate the candidates. The candidates needs to have the skills and the ability which could integrate them into the local labor market.

The expanded use of the PNP has resulted into the strong growth of the immigration in the region and it is particularly for the economic reasons.

There are numerous nomination streams along the PNPs which are linked to the federal government’s Express Entry. PEI is one such stream which has been opened twice in 2018 and has issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to more than 130 candidates under the Express Entry.

The candidates of the Express Entry who have been nominated through the PNPs would receive an additional 600 points in their Comprehensive Ranking System score and this will put the invitation to apply in their reach.

Nova Scotia has welcomes 4,515 new entrants in 2017 as compared to New Brunswick’s 3,650, PEI’s 2,350 and Newfoundland and Labrador’s 1,170, according to a report.

The issue which Atlantic is facing nowadays is to make the immigrants stay.

There are around seven recommendations given which will improve the likelihood for the immigrants to stay in Canada’s Atlantic province. As they are now some of the existential crisis which are being produced by the combination of aging populations, low productivity and the depletion of natural resources.

As so many people are reaching the retirement age, the population is heading towards the steep labor force decline which is a threat to the economic stability.

In order, to counter this problem, immigration is an essential approach towards the growth equation. People with the right skills to meet the labor needs in the Atlantic region are given preference for it.

The efforts being done for newcomers to come to the region has effectively increased in the last five years.

There was an increase of 113 per cent in immigration in Atlantic between  2012 and 2016 time period, while for the rest of the Canada  its 12.4 per cent.

All the four provinces of Atlantic have immigration retention rates fairly low as compared to other provinces of Canada which are reporting 80 per cent retention rate. For Nova Scotia, the retention rate was 72 per cent which was the best in the entire Atlantic region. It was then followed by Newfoundland at 56 per cent, New Brunswick at 52 per cent and then Prince Edward Island at 18 per cent.

Few of the reasons of people leaving the Atlantic region is that there are better job prospects and educational facilities in cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. They also have diverse cultures and community which are providing the immigrants a feeling like home.

Some of the recommendations to increase the retention rate for the Atlantic region are as follows:

  1. Promoting Atlantic unique and different advantages – low cost of living, better quality of life and the availability of good settlement services.
  2. Improve supports for the employers – start engaging the employers to recruit the types of workers they need and provide them with support for the immigration system.
  3. Provide help to families and communities – invite newcomers who have connection to families of the communities living in the region eventually developing the masses of newcomers.
  4. Start recruiting established entrepreneurs –work on the entrepreneurial pathways for candidates who have established stories of success.
  5. Creating opportunities for students – make it easier for international students to get education and then also to work right after they graduate.
  6. Provide settlement services and immigration support –establish settlement agencies in all of the provinces with equal resources. They should be able to be flexible when sudden changes happen. Getting a regional coordinator for the IRCC Atlantic office who can connect the regional and provincial efforts for the government.
  7. Increase the welcome community initiatives – acknowledge people on the benefits of the immigration, and empower the communities by providing them with opportunities on existing resources.

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