This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
A pilot project announced today in Prince Edward Island has initiated a three-year immigration program that will see additional 2,000 immigrants and their families enter Atlantic Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program. The announcement was made after a joint meeting of the four Atlantic Premiers and federal ministers Lawrence MacAulay, John McCallum, Scott Brison, Navdeep Bains, Dominic LeBlanc and Judy Foote.
In his remarks, Immigration Minister John McCallum alleged that he has heard loud and clear that Atlantic Provinces wanted increases to current caps on immigration. He explained that the new Atlantic pilot will allow 2,000 additional immigrants to the region, divided on a per capita basis. Moreover, he indicated that the number increase depending on performance. According to McCallum, a substantial increase to the current number of provincial nominees admitted yearly to Atlantic Canada amounts to almost half the number currently permitted under existing nominee programs.
Whereas on the other hand, P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan stated that it will be an opportunity to build upon an already positive level of immigration in Prince Edward Island. He mentioned that “I particular the emphasis will be on people with skills or people who will add to our workforce in areas where they are needed,” adding that “there will be 2,000 applicants for the region, each of those applicants will have others with them, perhaps his or her family entourage, so that’s all very positive in terms of our objectives around population growth as well as being targeted towards areas where they can contribute to the economy.”