Immigration is part of the demographic, labour market and economic solution. Immigrants enrich the social, cultural and economic life of the region. Atlantic Canada has much to offer newcomers. Universities and colleges have had considerable success in attracting highly‑talented international students to study in the region.
Although immigration is a shared federal‑provincial responsibility, federal jurisdiction is paramount. All provincial and territorial immigration policies and programs must adhere to federal law – the Immigration Refugee and Protection Act (IRPA) and Regulations. Parliament sets the annual immigration levels, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) determines the annual Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allocation each province and territory receives.
The four Atlantic provinces have been working together for many years on growing the region, first under the Atlantic Population Table (APT) Memorandum of Understanding. When the APT MOU expired in 2012, the Atlantic immigration work was merged under the Atlantic Workforce Partnership, and the working group was renamed the Atlantic Attraction and Immigration Table (AAIT).
The objectives of the AAIT are to:
ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to the region and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate. The pilot has three streams:
ATLANTIC CANADA STUDY AND STAY™ PROGRAM
The Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ program is for exceptional and motivated international students who are committed to living, working, and contributing to communities in Atlantic Canada. For more details, please click here.
JOINT RECRUITMENT MISSIONS
Annually, the four Atlantic Provinces collaborate to attend joint recruitment missions to assist employers in recruiting for hard to fill positions. For a summary of upcoming events for 2019-2020, please visit Joint Recruitment Missions.
ATLANTIC CANADA IMMIGRATION CONTACTS
For more information on the programs and services offered in Atlantic Canada to immigrate or hire foreign workers, please visit one of the following Atlantic Provinces' website: