Immigrant retention rates increase manifold in Atlantic Provinces thanks to AIP

Immigrant retention rates increase manifold in Atlantic Provinces thanks to AIP

The Atlantic Immigration Program(AIP)is helping the four Atlantic provinces of Canada to maintain the retention rate of immigrants high, shows data released by Statistics Canada. The Program was launched five years ago as Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and became a permanent program in 2022. The aim of this program is the increase the rates of immigration and immigrant retention in the four Atlantic Provinces of Canada, which are Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

According to Statistics Canada’s report, three years into the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), the one-year retention rate of skilled workers and skilled trades categories had risen substantially in all Atlantic provinces. Interestingly, this trend was not visible in other provinces.

Among the Atlantic Provinces, the highest increase in immigrant retention rate was recorded by Nova Scotia. In 2019, the one-year retention rate of immigrants admitted in that province as skilled workers and skilled tradespersons was 67.6 per cent. This is three times higher than that of 2016, before the AIPP was introduced. The one-year retention rates of New Brunswick and Newfoundland were also increased by about 22 percentage points in four years. Though Prince Edward Island had the lowest five-year retention rate, the province witnessed the largest increase among recent arrivals.

Canada Government launched the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program in 2017 in order to address the low retention rates and shrinking labour force in Atlantic Provinces. The Program recruits skilled foreign workers and international graduates. Under this program, employers also work with settlement service provider organizations to boost the retention of immigrants and their families. The program emerged to be a huge success and it became a permanent program in 2022.

Atlantic Immigration Program

Atlantic Immigration Program is an employer-driven program that helps the employers in the four Atlantic provinces of Canada to hire foreign workers. The other major goals of the program are to support population growth, develop a skilled workforce and increase the employment rates. Under this program, the candidates need to have a job offer from a designated employer to qualify. However, the Labour Market Impact Assessment(LMIA) is not needed for this Program. Once the candidate accepts the job offer, the employer will connect them to a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and for developing a settlement plan. The employers also need to support the long-term integration the immigrant and their family. The employers who need to hire a worker urgently may do so by bringing the employee to Canada with a temporary work permit. For that, they must obtain a letter from the province as well as demonstrate a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.

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