As federal ministers and East Coast premiers assemble in Halifax today, Friday, March 1st, for Atlantic Growth Strategy summit, the meeting is expected to be dominated by discussions on how to build on recent immigration successes seen in Atlantic Canada.
Immigration was the first issue discussed when the strategy was launched about three years ago, and it keeps bringing growth to the economy of the region, according to Dominic LeBlanc - Internal Trade Minister.
Atlantic immigration pilot is one of the success stories concerning immigration in the region. We developed this unique and precise immigration model which focuses on businesses within a few months, he said.
Expansion of Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The federal immigration minister - Ahmed Hussen - is expected to discuss the successes of the model during the summit after which there will be talks of renewal and expansion for the model that has an excellent record of success, LeBlanc revealed.
According to the Conference Board of Canada, the four Atlantic Provinces are expected to see increased growth this year, with P.E.I. to be ahead of other provinces with 3.2 percent growth rate for which increased immigration is partly responsible.
Other issues to be discussed in the summit include: giving greater access to new greener power sources by improving regional energy grid as well as ensuring rate is reasonable low, getting rid of barriers to interprovincial trade and upgrading high-speed internet access for rural areas.
The Government of Canada is committed to working with all provinces to ensure success across the country. So far, Canada is progressing well on its three-year plan of receiving 1 million newcomers in the country by 2021.
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