In 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was begun to draw more immigrants to Nova, Newfoundland and Labrador, Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick provinces. I started a bit slowly because there were only 60 new permanent residents who came through the program in 2017 although the target was 2000.
However, the numbers have rapidly increased as candidates and employers grow accustomed to the details of the program requirements. October 2018 figures show that 1190 new permanent residents have come through this program. The statistics continue to increase every month, and there is a possibility of exceeding 1500 when the total for the year is calculated.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has specific requirements that ensure retention of candidates in the provinces they first move into.
For a start, candidates are offered with a job. They then assisted in putting a settlement plan together and must look for provincial endorsement before they apply for a permanent residence. Candidates are allowed on a work permit to enter Canada as processing goes on.
Other areas like Northern Ontario have also shown interest in the program due to its growing success. Northern Ontario cities are now calling for the launching of such a program to assist in bringing more migrants who will boost their economies.
Though the federal government has not assured people of plans regarding pilot programs in other parts of Canada, there are high chances of new developments targeting rural areas in 2019.
Canada has for a long time struggled with making immigrants spread out, but there is now a likelihood of increased immigration as the need continues to grow in rural areas