More than 3,000 job offers had been made through the program by the end of October 2018, but only 1,202 workers, spouses and children were granted permanent residency through the program in the same period. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is trying to speed up the pace of permanent residency admissions.

A snapshot of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program based on data since its inception in 2017 to November 2018:


  • Most of the people recruited through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot have been skilled workers who either have a college diploma, university degree or a designation in a skilled trade.
  • Few university students have used the Pilot.


Permanent resident admissions are lagging far behind job offers and work permits. More than 3,000 job offers had been made through the program by the end of October 2018, but only 1,202 workers, spouses and children were granted permanent residency through the program in the same period. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is trying to speed up the pace of permanent residency admissions.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently released this statement: “The Department has implemented a number of initiatives to increase the intake of permanent residence applications including encouraging candidates to begin gathering these documents as early in the process as possible, working with our partners to introduce reminders and improving instructional documents. Although candidates are encouraged to begin the process of gathering documents required to apply for permanent residence early in the process, some candidates do not begin this process until after they received a job offer, which lengthens the lag between job offer and permanent residence.”

Atlantic Canada Totals  
Designated Employers 1,520
Jobs Offered 3,037
The number of workers, spouses and children offered permanent residence in Canada through Oct. 19, 2018. 1,202

 

By Province  
  2017 2018 Total to date
Newfoundland      
Quota 442 442  
Designated Employers  118 79 197
Endorsed Jobs  123 210 333
       
Prince Edward Island      
Quota 120 220  
Designated Employers    *216 216
Endorsed Jobs  120 157 277
       
Nova Scotia      
Quota 792 792  
Designated Employers  277 378 655
Endorsed Jobs  201 755 956
       
New Brunswick      
Quota 646 1046  
Designated Employers  287 165 452
Endorsed Jobs  487 984 1471
       
*includes 2017 and 2018      

 


Technical and trade jobs dominate AIPP* endorsed jobs:

  NL NS NB
Total Jobs 333 956 1401
O (managers) 4% 12% 11%
A (professional) 6% 9% 7%
B (technical and trades) 75% 50% 41%
C (trained) 16% 30% 40%

PEI figures not available


Compiled by Kelly Toughill
 and Yongmei Wang.

 


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Kelly Toughill is a consulting researcher with PPF, specializing in immigration policy. She is an award-winning journalist and Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, and is also the founder of Polestar Immigration Research.

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