Heads of Canada's Atlantic Provinces Proclaim Latest Immigration Plan with Federal Administration

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In a rather important development, the different Atlantic provinces of Canada are reportedly set for an increase in the immigration figures, post the federal administration--along with the Premiers of the Atlantic Provinces--made public a fresh pilot scheme, to make possible the admission of more visitors, via the Provincial Nominee Programmes (PNPs). The policy is component of a fresh Atlantic Growth Strategy.

Significantly, the Atlantic provinces of the Maple Leaf Country comprise of the Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Labrador. The declaration of the pilot scheme was made in the P.E.I. on July 4 in the wake of a meeting between the four Prime Ministers of the Atlantic Provinces and a number of federal ministers, comprising John McCallum, the incumbent Immigration Minister.

The pilot scheme--which is listed to continue for an opening time-frame of three years--will aim to usher-in 1000s of fresh immigrants to the area by duly matching the requirements of local recruiters/job-providers with the skill sets of the aliens. Apart from this, more efforts will be reportedly made to speed up the recognition of the qualifications of the new immigrants.

Officers aim to admit not more than 2,000 fresh visitors and their families to the area next year even while the figure may head north in the following years depending on the fact that how nicely the scheme really does.

Sharing his thoughts on the development, Minister McCallum stated that it could be something like 4,000 persons, and that figure is planned to increase in the next years, depending on how nicely the performance goes, adding that he's clearly noticed the message that Atlantic Canada is fairly keen to draw additional immigrants to reside in the area.

The minister also indicated that the central administration will be rather open to an array of skill classes, and work with each administration to build-up a plan specific to their own province with a focus on specific professions, specific areas, and with a focus on involving firms to not just hire the aliens but to embark on the steps to retain them in the region.

Fully echoing the minister’s observations, the New Brunswick's PM stated that it is vital that young people are retained in the region and the volume of fresh Canadians arriving in the four provinces is improved. The immigration pilot scheme will enable more fresh Canadians to the Atlantic Canada, proffer additional flexibility to the provinces, and focus more attempts on retention.

The nation’s Atlantic Provinces have been subjected to a demographic challenge over recent years, with sluggish or declining populace increase and a decreasing manpower. Presently, each of the four Atlantic Provinces runs a series of immigration classes, via the PNPs. While some of these schemes have classes that align with the federal Express Entry immigration selection arrangement, other classes exist outside that arrangement.

Pilot Scheme

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency--the federal government bureau accountable for assisting to produce breaks for economic development in the Atlantic provinces, has reportedly offered these particulars related to the latest pilot scheme which will be tailored to test ground-breaking approaches that will aid to improve retention, and that potentially may be duly copied in other provinces and territories on the basis of the outcomes.

Major features of this ground-breaking approach comprise:

  • Superior Coordination: Every major actors (federal administration, provincial administration, recruiters/job-providers, educational organizations, societies & settlement bodies) would work rather closely together, in an effort to guarantee that all of the factors that will result in augmented retention rates are duly addressed as component of the pilot.
  • More Employer Engagement: Provinces would engage with recruiters/firms to develop a retention-focused, wrap-around settlement strategy. Recruiters/firms would enact a pretty active role in the hiring of aspirants, offering assistance to immigrants and their family members that will assist make the integration procedure possible.
  • Augmented Flexibility: This pilot would offer Atlantic Provinces with the flexibility to duly focus on the problems facing the present labour market in priority segments. Understanding that every province has unique requirements, there would be an opportunity for every province to tailor the scheme to fulfill its particular requirements.
  • Pace & Space: The pilot would comprise priority processing with a view to guarantee that identified labour market requirements & famines are duly addressed in an appropriate way.
  • Vigorous Measurement/Reporting: There would be a specific stress on the measurement of important pointers and quarterly reporting with a view to make certain that the pilot is working as tailored and getting results.

While the pilot would be reportedly introduced in the early 2017, it will continue for a period of three years.


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