Published on : December 18, 2021
The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser and several provincial leaders announced recently that the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) is set to become a permanent program starting in 2022.
The AIP will now be renamed the Atlantic Immigration Program and allow 6,000 new immigrants to Atlantic Canada, which comprises New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Fraser was joined by Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the federal minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and several other leaders for the provinces of Atlantic Canada.
The pilot program was launched in 2017 and has been responsible for inviting around 10,000 new immigrants to the provincial region. After one year of launch, over 90% of recent immigrants under AIP were still settled in the country, higher than other programs.
While the pilot program will officially close down on 30th December, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will still accept applications from candidates with a valid provincial nomination until March 5, 2022.
Atlantic Canada, which consists of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, distinctly has the largest retiring workforce in the Great White North.
Apart from this, only a few new employees are coming into the region. This was why the federal government introduced AIP, which has already shown success according to the latest IRCC report published in February this year.
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