Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador have extended their Immigration Agreement till July 31, 2022. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Agreement, which was first signed in 2016, has been helping many newcomers to settle in the province. The agreement states the joint objectives and lays a blueprint for cooperation on immigration between the federal government and the provincial government.
It is expected that the extension of the agreement would deepen the partnership between Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador and make sure that the immigration policies aptly respond to the labour and demographic needs of the province.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The agreement complements the Atlantic Growth Strategy, under which comes the Atlantic Immigration Pilot(AIP). The Atlantic region of Canada comprises four provinces— New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The AIP, which was launched in 2017, aims to help employers in the Atlantic region to hire qualified foreign workers for vacancies which they are not able to fill locally. More than 8000 newcomers and their families have settled in the region through the AIP. The employers in the Atlantic region have also been able to issue more than 9200 job offers under the scheme. An evaluation survey by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada found that more than 90 percent of the newcomers who migrated under the AIP scheme still lived in Atlantic Canada after one year.
In 2021 alone, 275 new employees and their families have moved to Newfoundland and Labrador through the AIP and Provincial Nominee Program. Close to 400 individuals in the healthcare sector have received invitations from Newfoundland and Labrador under its Priority Skills NL pathway. It is expected that upon the completion of the pilot of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot in 2022, it will be made permanent.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is the province which has the lowest fertility rate in Canada and the highest median age. It is estimated that the province will experience a 10 per cent decline in its working age population by 2025. So, immigration is one of the strategies adopted by the provincial government to address the needs of its society and economy. Newfoundland and Labrador wants immigrants as labourers, entrepreneurs, taxpayers and young population who can bring in diverse perspectives, talents and skills to the province.
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