International Student Numbers See Sharp Increase At Atlantic Canada Universities

More international students are choosing to study in Atlantic Canada universities in the Atlantic region, according to a news report.

The international group has driven a twenty (20) per cent increase in full-time student enrolments in the region, which covers the provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Atlantic Canada now has a sum of more than 19,000 full-time (permanent) international students, according to the figures announced by the Association of Atlantic Universities on Tuesday, October 15.

Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton University has seen the highest increase, from 1,982 to 3,436 international students. Meanwhile, Dalhousie University, also in Nova Scotia, has the highest international students population in the region, at 4,417.

Memorial University in Newfoundland registered 441 international students for a total population of 3,402, while New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University account for a nearly forty (40) per cent increase in its numbers, to 255 international students.

The Association also announced that Nine-four (94) per cent of international students said they felt welcome in Atlantic Canada, with Seven-Seven (77) per cent saying they would wish to live and work in the region after graduation.

These responses are of great importance given the demographic problems facing the region.

Atlantic Canada is at the receiving end of Canada’s battle with ageing populations and dwindling labour markets.

The four provinces in the region have particular issues with attracting and retaining new immigrants.

The same can also be said for international student graduates, who represent important potential new permanent residents given that they are young, knowledgeable about Canada and its official languages, are Canadian educated and in most cases have Canadian work experience.

Canada’s federal government, in collaboration with the four provinces, inaugurated the Atlantic Immigration Pilot to help address the demographic challenges.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) includes three immigration programs, including one targeted specifically at international graduates.

Streams Under The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

1) Atlantic High-Skilled Program

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is targeted at skilled worker with management, technical and or professional or/skilled job experience. There are also other criteria. The job offer has to last for a minimum of one year.

2) Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is targeted at applicants for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other criteria. The job offer must, however, be permanent.

3) Atlantic International Graduate Program

The Atlantic International Graduate Program is targeted at people who have a diploma, degree, or another credential from a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not necessary. The job offer must last for at least a period of one year.

What Is Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot program is an employer-driven platform that facilitates the hiring and sourcing of foreign workers. All principal applicants landing in Canada under the pilot program should possess a job offer from a designated Canadian employer and individualized settlement arrangements for themselves with their family included.

Once a designated Canadian employer finds an applicant who fulfils their employment requirements and the program criteria, that employer will have to first offer them a position. As a matter of fact, employers do not need to go through the tedious process of getting a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.

Once the applicant has obtained the job, the employer will attach the applicant with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment as well as establish a new settlement plan. Employers will also support the long-term integration of the newcomer and his or her family, if necessary, so they can attain the goals of their settlement plan once they land in Canada.