Canadian Government reveals Atlantic Immigration Pilot details

Canadian Government reveals Atlantic Immigration Pilot details
 

Canadian Government launches Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

On July 4, 2016, the federal government and the premiers of the Atlantic region struck a deal to enhance Atlantic Canada’s economy by supporting innovation and resource-based enterprises and augmenting job-creation and availability. The deal, called the Atlantic Growth Strategy, is divided into several phases. The first of which is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot which will focus on attracting up to 2,000 high-skilled workers outside Canada. The program will also be utilized to test innovative approaches to help immigrants extend their stay in the country and become permanent residents.
 
In a statement released by the Canadian government on March 4, it revealed that the application process for the 2017 calendar year would run from March 6 to December 31, 2017. The total number of applications will be divided between the region’s four provinces as follows:
  • New Brunswick - 646 spaces
  • Nova Scotia - 792 spaces
  • Newfoundland and Labrador - 442 spaces
  • Prince Edward Island -120 spaces


Advantages

The first implementation phase is employer-driven and it gives the employers the freedom to participate by simply applying as an approved participant. Bigger companies with greater vacancy rates will benefit the most, while smaller companies with fewer vacancy rates (say 1-3 job posts) may benefit as well. In addition, avoiding the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process is a welcome opportunity for companies especially if they plan to hire a number of foreign workers.
 
To qualify for the program, employers must meet the following criteria:
  • They should have the legitimate need to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates.
  • They must own a business that has been in operation for at least two years before applying for the program.
  • They must own a business that’s well established and has an unblemished reputation.
  • They must be capable of meeting the foreign worker’s settlement needs and well as their family member/s.

How does this affect smaller business owners?

Since being part of the program requires the employer to take on a greater role in the settlement and integration of foreign workers and their families, smaller companies may find this difficult to meet. However, with the right counsel and guidance, Canadian employers and foreign workers can utilise this program to leverage their foreign worker needs and boost company growth in the Atlantic provinces.  

Immigrant-centric

At the end of the day, the program is highly beneficial and advantageous for foreign workers. According to the government, its first priority is to acquire more high-skilled workers outside Canada until all job vacancies are filled. The initial target is to do it within three years, but the success of the program may encourage the government to tap more foreign talents in the future should the local businesses thrive and expand within a few years upon filling the crucial posts in their respective companies.
 

About the Atlantic Growth Strategy

 The Atlantic Growth Strategy was signed by Atlantic premiers Stephen McNeil (Nova Scotia), Brian Gallant (New Brunswick), Wade MacLauchlan (Prince Edward Islands) and Dwight Ball (Newfoundland and Labrador) and federal ministers Lawrence MacAulay (agriculture), *John McCallum (immigration), Scott Brison (treasury), Dominic LeBlanc (fisheries), Navdeep Bains (innovation), and Judy Foote (public service).
 
Planning to migrate to Canada?  Want to find out which pilot or visa program you are eligible for? Speak with one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants and find out.  

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