As the popularity of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot grows, the chances of forming similar programs for rural areas increases in other provinces.
British Columbia’s Entrepreneur Stream Regional Pilot is expected to open as 2019 begins. The investment requirements and net worth for candidates who come from lower population areas and desires to start a business will be halved.
Rural area business candidates will also enjoy less demanding requirements from other provinces. The Quebec Self-Employed Program requires candidates from the outside of Montreal to deposit only $25,000 for starting up.
Canada is looking for immigrants who are ready to settle in areas with a lower population to help in countering the aging population as well as boosting the labor markets which are shrinking.
Candidates who come via direct provincial programs are usually not retained. Instead, they are moved to cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver after acquiring a permanent resident status.
It is a clear indication to candidates who could still be struggling to qualify via lager economic streams that still there are high chances of moving to Canada only, but they must accept to settle outside the main cities.
In 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was begun to draw more immigrants to Nova, Newfoundland and Labrador, Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick provinces. I started a bit slowly because there were only 60 new permanent residents who came through the program in 2017 although the target was 2000.
However, the numbers have rapidly increased as candidates and employers grow accustomed to the details of the program requirements. October 2018 figures show that 1190 new permanent residents have come through this program. The statistics continue to increase every month, and there is a possibility of exceeding 1500 when the total for the year is calculated.