Bringing Global Talent to our Workforce

August 23, 2017

Written by Ron Hanlon, President & CEO, Halifax Partnership

NCP Annual Report Image-webThere’s never been more support for local businesses to attract global talent and grow their workforces.

Thanks to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), it’s easier than ever to hire skilled foreign workers and international graduates with three employer-driven immigration programs that will help solve our labour market shortages. Through the AIP, Nova Scotia businesses can nominate 800 additional immigrants for fast-tracking into the province, bringing their talent as well as their families.

The AIP is designed to attract more immigrants to Atlantic Canada in 2017 by improving the process for skilled immigrants and international graduates who want to live in any of the four Atlantic provinces. International professionals are provided priority processing at the federal level and quicker access to a work permit, while employers can access permanent intermediate skilled labour and international graduates without submitting a Labour Market Impact Assessment Form. This is truly an incredible opportunity to grow our population and skilled workforce.

For businesses to remain globally competitive and innovative, they must employ top talent in their field, and it’s not uncommon for an economy to face talent shortages in high-skill occupations, in turn slowing productivity and growth. The AIP can help us evade this challenge and sustain our recent phenomenal growth.

Employers looking to fill labour gaps through the AIP must be approved for eligibility by the Province. Candidates identified by the employer can then apply for permanent residency and access a work permit in the meantime.

Crucially, the AIP is a case of ‘use it or lose it’. Employers need to demonstrate the demand for immigrants or these 800 positions allocated to Nova Scotia will be delegated elsewhere. This unique program is something we must take advantage of over the course of this year.

Last year was a record year for immigration in Nova Scotia; we nearly tripled the number of immigrants who landed in the province during the previous year. Immigration accounted for 6,150 new Halifax residents in 2016. We must build on this momentum.

Halifax, and the Halifax Partnership, will be doing everything they can to ensure we attract as many new immigrants coming into Atlantic Canada via the AIP as possible. At the Partnership, we have a new team of individuals dedicated to connecting local businesses to the resources they need to take advantage of the AIP.

To learn more, please view the following resources:

If you have labour gaps to fill, contact the Partnership's Account Executives Minder Singh or Joe McGuire for more information about the AIP.