While most immigrant workers coming to Canada commonly choose Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver as a final destination, they often do not consider the plethora of opportunities that abound in other parts of the country.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is aimed at attracting highly skilled workers to the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
These provinces are experiencing a labour shortfall due to aging populations and low rate of immigration, and are hoping to draw in immigrants by offering this pathway to immigration along with unique work and good settlement opportunities. The process starts with the employer, who will hire immigrants and recent international graduates.
Customized Settlement Plan
Once an employer hires an immigrant, they are responsible for notifying and working with the local settlement authorities to design a settlement plan that will address the needs of the prospective immigrants. This means “language training, housing, child care, and education are all taken care of.”
What candidate will be required to do is to await a letter of endorsement from the province, fill the permanent resident application form and forward it to IRCC with all other supporting documentation. The application is then processed within six months and, once approved, the candidate could immigrate to Canada along with their family members.
Finn Poschmann, president of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, announced that employers all over the provinces “need workers at all skill levels, whether it is at tech firms, in the seafood sector, in sales and financial services” (TorontoStar).
Therefore, this Atlantic program could offer a great opportunity for a wide variety of people who wish to become permanent residents in Canada. Designated group of employers will hire from abroad and “recommend” workers to fill jobs.
One of the main reasons these Atlantic provinces have not seen high rates of immigration is due to the inadequate number of immigrants already there. Immigrants tend to immigrate to places where they are sure they will be joining a large immigrant community.
But, one potential benefit of migrating to a place with smaller immigrant communities is that new migrants will be encouraged to interact more with natives and adapt more quickly into their new home. Though in its early years, the Atlantic program now has about 650 designated group of employers who may participate.
Together, the employers have selected over 750 workers to fill jobs vacancies in the provinces and 122 permanent residents applications have been submitted. The maximum for newcomers is 2,000 by the end of 2018. This figure is expected to double to 4,000 by 2020.
Prospective applicants can, therefore, expect increasing immigrant communities. The provinces are also eager to fill the labour shortfalls, and thus will be a welcoming place to settle.