Promoting the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program to Benefit Employers and Employees

News release

Investments support immigration, diversity and business in Newfoundland and Labrador

April 9, 2018 – St. John’s, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Connecting entrepreneurs with the skilled workers they need helps to build strong Atlantic communities and improve the region’s ability to compete in a global market. To this end, the Government of Canada is making strategic investments to promote the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which will benefit businesses throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and support immigrants who want to move here to live, work and raise their families as Canadians.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced a total of $787,497 from ACOA’s Business Development Program for three projects with the Association of New Canadians (ANC) and the St. John’s Board of Trade.

The ANC will implement pan-provincial programming and provide support for employers and employees interested in participating in the AIPP. The organization will also rollout Phase Three of its Diversity Training Initiative. The St. John’s Board of Trade is receiving funding to conduct activities, including marketing, to promote the AIPP throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The Strategy supports strategic investments in initiatives that help grow the middle class and address labour market needs, including through immigration and the attraction and retention of international students.


The Government of Canada is committed to creating jobs and growing the economy. Promoting the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project helps address the pressing labour market needs of the region by giving businesses that need skilled workers the ability to fill job vacancies quickly using permanent immigration programs. With an aging and shrinking population, welcoming skilled foreign workers will help the region meet its labour needs and grow the economy."

  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA


Immigration is important in so many ways and it’s a priority for the Government of Canada. We want to support and welcome ambitious and skilled immigrants from all over the world to share in the freedoms and advantages we enjoy in Canada. These projects with the ANC and the St. John’s Board of Trade will help employers throughout the province find skilled workers, provide enhanced services and supports for immigrants who want to live and work in our province and increase diversity training to help businesses build respectful and inclusive work places. 

  • The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl

“Funding from ACOA and other partners to support the establishment of Satellite Offices and the expansion of the Business Diversity Initiative will enhance broader efforts to attract and retain immigrants in Newfoundland and Labrador. By bringing new ideas and new perspectives, newcomers not only boost economic growth, they also help to enrich the social and cultural fabric of our communities.” 

  • Carol McDonald, President, Board of Directors, Association for New Canadians  

“We have more people set to retire than we do entering the labour force in Newfoundland and Labrador, the business case is clear – immigration is the right thing to do.” 

  • Andrea Stack, Chair, St. John’s Board of Trade

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Paul McGrath
Director, Communications

Jamie Baker
Program and Research Manager
Association of New Canadians

Rhonda Tulk-Lane
Director of Solutions
St. John’s Board of Trade
(709) 351-0291

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