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The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has a new look and name. 

Launched in 2017 to help employers hire foreign skilled workers and international student graduates for positions they couldn’t fill locally, the program is now permanent. 

Rebranded as the Atlantic Immigration Program, applications for the new program opened on Mar. 6. 

In a news release, the Nova Scotia government says a digital application system will improve processing times and reduce red tape. Participating employers are also required to take new intercultural competency training to help with retention and ensure workplaces are welcoming. 

Since 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program brought more than 10,000 new permanent residents to Atlantic Canada, the federal government says in a news release. In Nova Scotia, that works out to 4,485 people, according to the province. 

The program helped support immigration in all parts of Nova Scotia. The province says about 40 per cent of designated businesses are located outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality. 

“This important program helps our businesses attract the talent they need to succeed, and helps our communities welcome the newcomers they need to thrive,” says Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor in a statement. 

The federal government says there are at least 6,000 admission spaces available yearly for the Atlantic Immigration Program. 

Richard Woodbury

Richard writes for both local and national publications and his work has been published by Reuters, Metro and Enterprise Magazine.

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