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Posted on December 20 2022

Higher immigrant retention rates observed in Atlantic Canada, StatCan reports

By  Editor
Updated November 23 2023

Highlights: AIP, a successful program for retaining immigrants in Atlantic Canada

  • Statistics Canada reveals that Atlantic Immigration Program is successful in retaining immigrants
  • According to IRCC, AIP is more successful than PNPs
  • High retention rates can be found in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador
  • AIP became a permanent program in 2022

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AIP is successfully retaining immigrants in Atlantic Canada

Statistics Canada survey revealed that Atlantic Immigration Program is successful in retaining immigrants in comparison to other immigration programs. AIP was launched as a pilot program in 2017. In this program, communities, employers, governments, and settlement agencies have to work together for the recruitment of skilled workers and international graduates.

Immigrants get more support through agencies to settle in the country. IRCC conducted a study and revealed that AIP is more successful than Provincial Nominee Programs. The report revealed that the retention rate in the Atlantic Provinces rose within the first three years of launching of AIP.

Highest increase of immigrants in the Atlantic Provinces

Nova Scotia showed the highest retention rate under AIP. In 2019, the retention rate of skilled tradespersons and skilled workers in the province was 67.6 percent. Other provinces which showed increased retention rate are New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. The rate of immigrant retention in these provinces was 22 percent over the four years.

Reasons behind introducing Atlantic Immigration Program

The population of adults over 85 years in Atlantic Canada is more in comparison to other provinces. The details can be found in the table below:

Atlantic Province

Percent of adults over 85 years
Newfoundland and Labrador


Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia


New Brunswick


The population of babies in Newfoundland and Labrador is more than 30 percent. The baby and adult population led to declination in the number of workforce which is affecting the economy. AIP was introduced to resolve some of the problems of newcomers to settle in Canada. AIP became so successful that it became a permanent program in 2022. It also helped in the introduction of new pilot programs like the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program.

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