Immigration is part of the demographic, labour market and economic solution. Immigrants enrich the social, cultural and economic life of the region. Atlantic Canada has much to offer newcomers. Universities and colleges have had considerable success in attracting highly‑talented international students to study in the region.
Although immigration is a shared federal‑provincial responsibility, federal jurisdiction is paramount. All provincial and territorial immigration policies and programs must adhere to federal law – the Immigration Refugee and Protection Act (IRPA) and Regulations. Parliament sets the annual immigration levels, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) determines the annual Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allocation each province and territory receives.
The four Atlantic provinces have been working together for many years on growing the region, first under the Atlantic Population Table (APT) Memorandum of Understanding. When the APT MOU expired in 2012, the Atlantic immigration work was merged under the Atlantic Workforce Partnership, and the working group was renamed the Atlantic Attraction and Immigration Table (AAIT).
The objectives of the AAIT are to: