Immigration & Atlantic Revitalization

Newcomer from Eritrea fixes a snowmobile

About the project: Atlantic Canada, facing an aging and shrinking population, is looking to a massive increase in immigration as part of the solution. Provincial governments are setting ambitious targets, and the Atlantic Growth Strategy sets immigration as one of five pillars for regional economic growth. But the decision to come to Atlantic Canada isn’t the same thing as deciding to stay. The five-year retention rate of new immigrants in Atlantic Canada is lower than any other region of the country. Why is this? And more relevant to policy and practice, which factors are most important for why people choose to stay? Over the three-year course of this project the PPF is working in partnership with government, employers, researchers and immigrant-serving agencies in Atlantic Canada to answer these questions. Each year we will write a research report and feature story, convene a regional summit, and mobilize the information.

Methodology: Research report; feature stories; regional conference; provincial presentations.

Timeline: The project spans three years (2017-2020). The first year is on retention in general. Year two will look specifically at Francophone immigration and rural/urban differences. The focus of the third year will be determined with input from project partners and regional advisors.

Partners: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; The Council of Atlantic Premieres; National Public Affairs

Contact: Charlie Carter, policy lead



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