Economic development in Atlantic CanadaImmigration may not cure all labour woesBy 09/13/2001|hrreporter.com|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, To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.