Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Aims To Bring Thousands Of Immigrants To Fill Skills Gap

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 17:14 PM

A newly launched immigration program for Atlantic Canada is designed to bring around 2,000 immigrants and their families to the region over three years.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is the first program of its kind in Canada, and will help companies find immigrants with the right skillset to fill vacant jobs.

New Brunswick Immigration Minister Donald Arseneault says provincial employers have been warning governments about a skills gap for years.

He adds they've been accepting applications since March 6th.

"We've had over 40 employers across New Brunswick already registered, willing to take new immigrants into their companies," says Arseneault. "By continuing to talk about it I think many more will want to knock on the doors as well."

Arseneault tried to allay fears these immigrants were taking away potential jobs from New Brunswickers.

"Although we are looking at immigration to help with the chronic shortage of skilled labour, I can assure you, we are also undertaking initiatives aimed at training and retraining unemployed, and under employed New Brunswickers as well as attracting other Canadians and bringing our people back home," says Arseneault.

Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen says before arriving, all immigrants will have a job offer from a designated employer, and a provincial government endorsement.

"Under these programs, every principal applicant will receive a settlement plan for themselves and their accompanying family members," says Hussen. "That will help them to get the services they need to successfully integrate into their new communities and feel welcome in their new country."

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