Written by Crispin Aranda
Posted on August 20, 2016 | Updated August 21, 2016 |
More people are dying than being born in three of four provinces but in the push to attract immigrants to Atlantic Canada, the region’s governments must assure those who are left behind that migrants are not taking away their jobs.
A three-year pilot program designed to double the number of immigrants to the four provinces of Atlantic Canada was announced by the four premiers of the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland-Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The nearly doubling of immigrant intake into the region is “part of a new strategy to counter aging populations and slumping economies.
Under this immigration plan – a key plank in the new Atlantic Growth Strategy, which is also aimed at boosting job creation and innovation – the federal government will admit 2,000 immigrants and their families in 2017. This is in addition to what the provinces are allowed under the current provincial nominee program.”
The announcement – as reported by Globe and Mail - was “made on Prince Edward Island by the four Liberal premiers and six federal cabinet ministers – the ministers from each of the Atlantic provinces plus Immigration Minister John McCallum and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains – at Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s converted barnon his farm with its breathtaking views of St. Peters Bay.”
However, in trying to tackle the profound challenges in the region – three of the four provinces, with the exception of PEI, now have more people dying every year than being born – the politicians must also deal with a perception that immigrants will take jobs away from local residents.
The NBPNP is a two-step process through which eligible applicants (age range 22 to 55) can apply for permanent residency, with faster processing times, provided they could obtain at least 67 points (our of 100) for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and provincial criteria. Applicants must also provide proof of having the minimum funds required by the federal government.
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