Atlantic provinces struggling to attract skilled immigrants

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/19/2001

If immigration is going to be an integral part of any strategy to solve Canada’s skills shortage, special steps will have to be taken in Atlantic Canada.

The problem, as it’s always been, is that few immigrants go there, gravitating instead to three cities: Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. About 75 per cent of all immigrants head to one of the three, according to a new report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.

Only about 3,000 immigrants arrived in the four Atlantic provinces last year. That’s less than two per cent of the total inflow to Canada, yet the region accounts for about eight per cent of the country’s population. Of those 3,000, about 75 per cent headed for Halifax.