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Premiers' Call to Keep Atlantic Canada Alive Before the Sun Sets

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.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on August 20, 2016; updated August 21, 2016

Premiers' Call to Keep Atlantic Canada Alive Before the Sun Sets

Premiers’ pilot project to boost immigration in Atlantic Canada

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.

New Brunswick Labour Market Stream (Province’s Express Entry Nomination Program)

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.

Newfoundland-Labrador Nomination Program

Express Entry Skilled Worker - This category is for skilled individuals who have been accepted into Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry pool and who have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador. Disclaimer.

Skilled Worker - This category is for individuals who have a guaranteed offer of employment from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, or are already working in the province on a valid Work Permit. Disclaimer.

International Graduate – This category is for recent graduates who have a Post-Graduate Work Permit and a job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

Nova Scotia

Entrepreneurs – as well as skilled workers and professionals – are welcome in Nova Scotia. The other categories where applicants may seek to qualify are:

  • International Graduate - is for recent graduates of a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College. They must have already started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least a year. If they intend to settle in Nova Scotia, the graduate may be nominated for permanent resident status. Application to the stream is by invitation only.
  • Skilled Worker - stream helps employers recruit foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are needed in Nova Scotia. An employer can only hire foreign workers for positions they have been unable to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens.
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry - selects highly skilled individuals in specific occupations (currently needed in the labour market) who wish to live in Nova Scotia permanently. Applicants must have a good chance of quickly finding a job in Nova Scotia’s labour market. This category is currently not accepting applications.
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry - Applicants must have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation.

Prince Edward Island

  • Business Impact Category - The applicant must meet the program criteria, minimum net worth and investment thresholds and will be required to make a conditionally refundable deposit of $200,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) to be held in escrow. Of the $200,000 CAD deposit $25,000 CAD will be refunded after 6 months of residency on Prince Edward Island another $25,000 CAD will be refunded after 1 year of residency on Prince Edward Island and the remaining $150,000 CAD will be released upon the applicant meeting the requirements outlined in the escrow agreement.
  • Labour Impact Category – There are three categories: (1) Skilled Worker Stream; (2) Critical Worker Stream and (3) International Graduate Stream. While both (1) and (2) require a job offer from a qualified PEI employer, the Critical Worker Stream allows a Canadian employer to offer a full-time, long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer at a NOC skill level C or D in one of the following occupations; truck driver, customer service representative, labourer, food & beverage server or housekeeping attendant.
  • The International Graduate Stream applicant must have a permanent, full-time job offer in their field of study from a Prince Edward Island employer at a NOC skill level 0, A or B and must have worked a minimum of 6 months for the Prince Edward Island employer.
  • PEI PNP Express Entry Stream. Only applicants who already have an Express Entry profile with IRCC shall be considered, after posting a form on PEI website expressing interest to live and work in the province. At this time, Prince Edward Island is only collecting the single form posted on its website for Express Entry.  Posting of the form is not a formal application to the PEI PNP hence, there is no application fee. Watch for more information in the coming months.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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