Canada’s Maritime Provinces showing fastest growth in population in decades
On May 16, 2019, Prince Edward Island (PEI) invited 104 candidates through its Express Entry, Labor Impact and Business Impact immigration streams to apply for the province’s nomination. Out of total invitations issued, 90 invites went to candidates who have registered in Express entry and Labor Impact Category. Rest 14 PEI’s invites went to candidates of Business impact immigration stream.
Canada’s Maritime Provinces include three major Canadian provinces, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. According to the report issued by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), these three provinces show the fastest growth in population due to immigration in the last decades.
Reasons like low fertility rate, less ratio of young citizens as compared to older adults, lack of job opportunities, and more lead to the continuous decline in the population and labor force in these provinces. As a result, the emphasis on immigration in these provinces increases to trigger the population growth there. In recent years, the government put intensive efforts to bring large numbers of entries from skilled foreign workers and their families for immigration in these provinces.
The report further adds that Prince Edward Island or PEI has experienced a growth rate of nearly two per cent in population year over year since 2016. Whereas, Nova Scotia has shown an average growth rate of 0.8 per cent since the mid-1980s and New Brunswick has posted its highest growth rate of 0.5 per cent since the early 1990s.
All these provinces have their respective immigration programs, known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to attract internationals from different part of the world to settle or to work there. Each PNP has its number of streams and qualification criteria to determine the eligibility of applicants to meet the demands or needs of the province’s labor market. Moreover, candidates who receive provincial nominations get an additional 600 points towards Express entry score, ensuring guaranteed invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
APEC reports said that PNPs of these provinces successfully brought 22,000 newcomers between 2016 and 2018 and became the biggest source of newcomers there. And, under the three-year immigration plan (2019-21), the government has suggested important roles to them to target the goal of 1 million new immigrants by 2021.
Keeping in line, it is worth mentioning that Canada’s Maritime Provinces together with Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador, constitute another Federal-provincial initiative, Atlantic immigration pilot program (AIPP). As compared to other economic categories like Federal Skilled Worker Class, the AIPP accepts applications having work experience in NOC skilled type C occupations.
According to APEC, AIPP has been a helpful hand in bringing an additional 1,600 new immigrants to these provinces since its introduction in 2017.
In short, currently running programs and initiatives have helped the government in achieving the target; however, it is too early to predict whether this growth rate will sustain in these provinces in the coming years.
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