Federal Updates--Summer 2016

Atlantic Growth Strategy - Pilot program to facilitate entry of 2,000 principal immigrants into Atlantic Canada in 2017

On July 5 the four Atlantic premiers and members of the federal cabinet announced they will work together on an Atlantic Growth Strategy and an immigration pilot program in order to grow the economy and support families in the region.

The strategy will contain targeted actions to stimulate the region's economy, support both innovative and resource-based industries and increase job opportunities for Atlantic Canadians.

The strategy will focus on the following five priority areas:


  • skilled workforce and immigration;
  • innovation;
  • clean growth and climate change;
  • trade and investment; and
  • infrastructure.


The three-year pilot program has been established to help address resource gaps that sectors are facing and to help businesses attract and retain global talent while also supporting population growth, developing a skilled workforce and increasing employment rates in the region.

The pilot program will test innovative approaches that will help retain immigrant workers in the Atlantic provinces in support of the strategy.

It will facilitate the entry of 2,000 principal immigrants into Atlantic Canada in 2017. Principal applicants can bring their family, so the actual number of immigrants could be several times greater. The number of immigrants is subject to increase in the second and third year of the program if there is sufficient demand.

The meeting was a follow-up to the Council of Atlantic Premiers meeting in May and the historic first meeting between Atlantic premiers and members of the federal cabinet in February.


Derelict and Abandoned Vessels

MP Bernadette Jordon, South Shore - St. Margaret's, has tabled a private members bill calling for federal government to take action on this issue. Her motion, M-40, proposes the government explore legislative options prohibiting the abandonment of a vessel, suggests an educational component on responsible vessel ownership, recommends improving vessel registration and ownership identification, and calls on the government to assist in the removal of abandoned vessels in cases where their presence creates an economic burden on a community. Transport Canada is undertaking research on means to address the issue of abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels. If you have comments or suggestions by September 9, 2016, you can contact UNSM or Scott Kennedy, Regional Director Marine, Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security / Government of Canada / Tel: 902-461-3920. You could also contact your MP to express your support for the private members bill.