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Posted on December 20 2022

Higher immigrant retention rates observed in Atlantic Canada, StatCan reports

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Updated May 10 2023

Highlights: Higher immigrant retention rates observed in Atlantic Canada, StatCan reports

  • As per recent StatsCan report, Atlantic Canada has recorded a high immigrant retention rate with the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)
  • AIP has registered more success than any other program in retaining foreign immigrants 1 year after admission
  • AIP, a pilot program launched in 2017 allows employers, governments, settlement agencies, and communities to recruit foreign graduates & skilled workers
  • Nova Scotia registers a high retention rate compared to other provinces for skilled workers under AIP
  • Candidates whose work experience is 1,560 hours over the past five years and whose job offer is listed in the NOC/TEER category are eligible for AIP

The high immigrant retention rate in Atlantic Canada

A recent study by Statistics Canada state that a high retention rate is noticed in Atlantic Canada through Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP). The success rate is high for AIP compared to other immigration programs.

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What is an Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?

AIP is an immigration program launched as a pilot program in 2017 for immigrants to Canada. This program allows the governments, communities, agencies of settlement ad employers to work collectively in hiring skilled workers & foreign graduates.

After the launch of AIP, in just the first 3 years the retention rate continuously grew among the immigrants in Atlantic Provinces.

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Which province is better in AIP?

  • Nova Scotia outperforms in increasing the retention of skilled workers through AIP. There is a significant increase since 2019 for the province.
  • The retention rate for Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick rose by 22% over 4 years.
  • Prince Edward Island has shown the lowest retention rate but has registered the highest increase in admissions.

What is the need for AIP?

Atlantic Canada contains 8% of the oldest population of the country on average.

Province name Percentage of oldest population in province
Newfoundland & Labrador 8.60%
Prince Edward Island 8.10%
Nova Scotia 8.70%
New Brunswick 8.80%

Newfoundland and Labrador contain more than 30% of the baby boomer population. This led to a shrink in the workforce and a declining economy. This retention success of AIP made the program become a permanent pathway from the pilot program. And it gave wings to pilot programs like RNIP (Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot) Program.

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How does AIP work?

The AIP, an employer-driven pathway sets things easy in recruiting foreign nationals.

  • Candidates immigrating through AIP must obtain a job offer from a nominated employer and must possess a settlement plan for themselves & their families individually.
  • The designated employer need not obtain an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment).
  • Once the immigrant accepts a job offer, the employer needs to connect them with a designated settlement service provider.
  • Provide support to the applicants in long-term association and integration.

Who is eligible for AIP?

Eligibility for skilled workers:

  • The individuals who possess at least 1,560 hours of work experience in the past five years.
  • The education requirement might vary based on the NOC/TEER codes.
  • The language proficiency requirement varies based on the NOC/TEER category of your job offer.

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The ECS requirement for job offer based on NOC/TEER category is shown in the below table.

Job offer is in the NOC/TEER category Educational credential required
0 or 1 Candidate needs 1 year post-secondary educational credential or higher or equivalent from outside Canada
2, 3 or 4 Candidate needs Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent from outside Canada

Eligibility for International graduates:

  • International students must possess a degree, diploma certificate, or trade or certification of apprenticeship for at least 2 years from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.
  • Atlantic Canada provinces are New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
  • Or the international students must have already been in Canada on a study visa and lived in any of the Atlantic provinces for a minimum of 16 months in the last two years before graduation.

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