Atlantic Canada has the oldest population in Canada and the region’s workforce is expected to decline sharply between now and 2035. A new Conference Board of Canada report suggests Atlantic Canada needs to successfully attract and retain more immigrants to improve the region’s population growth.
A small labour force and aging population could have negative effects, such as weaker economic growth, difficulties for provincial governments to cover social services, the decline of rural communities.
Atlantic Canada’s aging population, coupled with its low birth rate and out-migration, is resulting in weak population and labour force growth, which is hampering its economic growth. At the same time, health care costs are expected to rise due to population aging.
Immigration is a major part of the solution to spurring population and economic growth to ensure a bright future in Atlantic Canada.
The Atlantic region also has the smallest immigration population and the fewest number of newcomer arrivals amongst the Canadian provinces. Historically, the region has had higher unemployment rates and its small immigrant population has made it a less appealing destination for newcomers compared with other parts of the country.
Despite the region’s immigration challenges, however, Atlantic Canada has many strengths that can make it appealing to prospective immigrants. The region’s immigrant unemployment rates and wage gaps are low, and wages are nationally competitive. Moreover, immigrants who stay in the region tend to earn more than those who leave.
The report, Immigration to Atlantic Canada provides immigration policy suggestions in four areas to assist the region’s efforts to boost immigration:
- Raising public and employer awareness about immigration benefits to Atlantic Canada;
- Promoting life in the region to prospective immigrants to highlight why they should settle in the region;
- Attracting immigrants who are most likely to stay in the region;
- Prioritizing temporary residents by addressing the challenges that may hinder their transition to permanent residence.
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