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Immigration Rate in Atlantic Canada is Rising, need more work on Retention

Posted - 18, Jan 2017

As per the latest reports, number of people coming to Atlantic Canada has increased considerably over last five years. Though, the retention of immigrations in the region requires more work. Atlantic regions include a few of the most crucial Canadian provinces, which play an important part in the growth, economy, and development of Canada. Increased immigration in Atlantic Canada is really good news for the government as well as the region itself, however, retention rate is the one thing that is bothering the government over the last few years.

Key Revelations of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council Report

The latest report from Atlantic Provinces Economic Council has revealed that about 8,300 immigrants came in Atlantic Canada in the year 2015 and the numbers will grow further for the year 2016 as 11,600 immigrants came in this region in just first nine months. Hence, despite the fact that number of people coming to Atlantic Canada is increasing, fewer people only stay in the region.

The Syrian refugees have also played a key part in the increased immigration in Atlantic region of the maple leaf country. The overall immigration to Atlantic region has tripled since 2002.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) played key part in increased Immigration rate

The report also claims that immigration rate in the region is also increased due to the enhanced popularity and use of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in Canada. The PNPs allows the different provinces to nominate individuals who wish to get PR in their province or region, as per a allocated annual quota from federal government.

The report further indicates that this year the immigration number may touch the 19,000 mark in view of the new Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project launched for three years, announced by the federal government along with the four key provinces of the Atlantic region last year.

Poor Retention Rate is a huge concern

However, poor retention rate of the Atlantic region is still a huge concern for the region as well as for the federal government. Despite the rising immigration numbers, region is losing half of them says the report. Long processing time is one of the key factors impacting the immigration of business community in the region.

Moreover, though, the applications of express entry stream gets processed within 6 months, however, the provincial nomination applications are still taking about 16 months to get processed by the federal government. So, the improvement is required in this area as well. This becomes a huge concern for the employers looking to bring in the skilled workers thick and fast. The infrastructure, employment options, healthcare services, etc. also need further improvement in the region to retain more and more immigrants in the coming years.

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