DIGBY, NS- Some Digby employers recently got educated about the benefits of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program.
The program is a three year trial, multi-step initiative to increase the amount of full-time immigrant employees in the province.
It’s a program run by the federal and provincial government, which started last year.
“Employers are seeing it as a solution to fill their labor job needs,” said Gino Thibeault, Immigration Lead EDO at Western Regional Enterprise Network.
The program helps out employers and the community.
“It adds more people to our schools, shops and restaurants. It’s what we need to grow our community,” he said.
Atlantic Canada has many labor job opportunities and needs people to fill the jobs.
“As our workforce gets older, and people start retiring, there is not going to be enough people to cover that gap.”
The information session reviewed the steps of the program.
“It’s a well designed program to help out the people coming in and the employers. I look at it as a tool in your toolbox.”
Once a business is designated by the province, employers can start recruiting internationally. Then once the province endorses it, the federal government assists as well.
Information sessions were held in Digby, Barrington and Yarmouth.