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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is looking to attract new immigrants to Atlantic region

Posted - 29, Nov 2017

The Atlantic provinces of Canada, i.e. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland and Labrador planning to magnetize new immigrants to the Atlantic region through its pilot program, i.e. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). The key Atlantic province of Canada had designed the new pilot program in coordination with federal government. This program has an ambition to combat the issues of ageing population in the Atlantic region coupled with low immigration rate here.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The AIPP has key objective of providing fast track jobs and new settlement opportunities to the newcomers and convince them about the unique benefits in the Atlantic region over the big Canadian cities. In short, this pilot program provides faster immigration pathway and custom made strategies for integration and settlement.

The provinces in the region are trying hard to overcome consequences of the sluggish population growth here, which is result of low birth rate, low rate of immigration and high inter provincial out migration.

Also read- Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) Signed to benefit New Immigrants in Ontario

Main Streams of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

The key streams of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) are as follows:
  • The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
  • The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

The federal and Atlantic Provinces’ governments invite 2,000 immigrants every year, through all the above-mentioned streams of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

Low birth rate and Ageing Population in the Atlantic expanse

As per Statistics Canada, about 19.8 percent population of Atlantic region is 65 and above, which was just 14.6 percent before a decade. This percentage is alarming when we compare it to 16.9 percent across Canada. In fact, in New Brunswick, population shockingly reduced by 0.5 percent since year 2011.

Finn Poschmann, the president of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, has raised concerns over the situation and emphasized on the need of attracting new immigrants towards Atlantic provinces and retain them once they are in. As per Poschmann, employers in the Atlantic region need staff at various skill levels, i.e. in IT firms, see food industry, sales and financial services, etc. However, the employers are not getting the workers, despite the fact that they are ready to pay high wages.

Benefits of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

The AIPP launched in March 2017 as a combined effort of Canadian federal government and Atlantic provinces. The pilot program allows the approved employers in the region to recruit the immigrants as well as foreign students to fill the job vacancies in the region without any need of LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment), which in normal cases compulsory to obtain for employers to prove that the skill shortage is genuine. The AIPP has annual intake limit of 2,000 till next year, however, the number is likely to double, i.e. 4,000 in 2020.

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