On July 4, 2016, a meeting was held to discuss the immigration plan for Atlantic Canada. The Premiers of Atlantic Provinces and Federal Immigration Minister McCallum and several other federal ministers attended the meeting. Federal Government is working closely with Atlantic Provinces to boost the economy and fill skill shortages in the Canadian industries.
After consultation with the Premiers of Atlantic Canada, the Federal Government announced a new pilot program to attract skilled immigrants to the region. Atlantic Canada comprises four provinces- Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador.
The pilot program aims to welcome 2000 skilled workers for the year 2017. After checking the outcome of the first year, the numbers will be doubled for the second year. The immigrants will be allowed through the Provincial Nominee Programs of the Atlantic Canada.