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Atlantic Immigration Pilot to become permanent program in New Year

Atlantic Immigration Pilot to become permanent program in New Year

The Minister of Immigration of Canada and other state and federal leaders have come together to announce a new Atlantic immigration program. 

Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser and state leaders have announced that the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) will be a permanent program starting January 1.

The name will be changed to Atlantic Immigration Program.  The program allows 6,000 new entrants to come to the Atlantic coast of Canada each year. Fraser from Nova Scotia was accompanied by Liberal MP Ginette Petty as Taylor, head of the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency, and leaders from other Atlantic states. 

According to Fraser, AIP has brought about 10,000 new entrants to the state since it was launched in 2017. Participating employers have posted more than 9,800 jobs in key sectors such as healthcare, housing, hospitality and manufacturing. A year later, more than 90% of new AIP entrants still live in Canada, far more than any other immigration program in the region.  

The news came shortly after announcing that Nova Scotia's population had grown to one million. In the first quarter of 2021, 5,696 people from other countries and other parts of Canada migrated to Nova Scotia, increasing the state's population by 2,877, the largest increase in the first quarter since 1971. 

The state's immigration rate is also 71%, the highest on the Atlantic coast of Canada. Pilots will officially end on 31 December, but the Immigration, Refugees and Citizens of Canada (IRCC) will continue to accept pilot applications from people with valid state licenses until March 5, 2022.

What is the AIP and why is it considered a success?

Atlantic Canada is one of the oldest populations in the country. Most of the workers in these states are retired and few new workers have been added. 

This is a national problem, especially in the four East Coast states of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  The issue of elderly demographics has long been talked about in support of Canada's economic migrants. 

However, despite the success of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), launched in 1998 to meet the regional labour market and vital needs, Atlantic Canada is struggling to retain immigrants.  Enter the AIP Launched in 2017, it has already achieved its first success, according to the Winter IRCC report.

The report suggests that AIP will improve regional retention. AIP brings immigrants to the Atlantic coast of Canada with jobs and payment plans from specific service providers. These factors address why many migrants leave the area due to a lack of employment opportunities. Residents often do so for family and friends in the area.

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