The Canadian federal government along with the four Atlantic premiers has decided to trial a three-year programme to increase immigration significantly, almost doubling the number of entries to the region, in a bid to tackle slowing economic growth and the elderly population.
This immigration programme, which also focuses on creating more jobs and encouraging innovation, will see the federal government allowing 2,000 immigrants and their families in 2017. This is apart from the immigrants allowed by the provinces under the existing provincial nominee programmes.
As per this project, the number of immigrants, however, will not be distributed evenly among the four provinces. This project, in fact, stresses on matching the immigrants’ skills as per the requirements of businesses and employers of each province.
Scott Brison, a Nova Scotia MP, is quoted by the Globe and Mail as saying in an interview, after the announcement of the programme on 4 July, that the region has begun shaping a welcoming culture to lure new entrants into Canada and retain them. If the programme accomplishes its objectives, it would become a model for other provinces to follow.
Besides increasing the intake of immigrants, the project also intends to improve infrastructure, selling the Atlantic Canadian region globally for its tourism, food products and to generate jobs in the green economy sector.
This immigration-friendly project is a heartening sign for Indians looking to relocate to Canada. If you want to know how to go about applying for a visa under this project, do come to Y-Axis which has dedicated immigration consultants who would guide you appropriately.