Economic development in Atlantic Canada

Immigration may not cure all labour woes
||Last Updated: 07/21/2003

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) has released a report warning against unrealistic expectations as to the potential contribution of immigration to economic development in Atlantic Canada.

Currently, relatively few immigrants come to Atlantic Canada – and half of them don’t stay. Provincial governments and business groups are expecting that to change, thanks to certain initiatives. New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island have signed Provincial Nominee Agreements with the federal government and Nova Scotia is in the process of doing so. These agreements allow the provinces to recruit and nominate a specified number of skilled workers and entrepreneurs who will contribute to the economic needs of that province.

However, APEC is not convinced that these programs, even if successful in attracting more immigrants to the area, will solve skills shortages. Its report,