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Companies p.e.i: Immigration and Atlantic

companies p.e.i: Hussen said the region-wide extension of Nova Scotia's Study and Stay program will act as a complement to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project announced in 2016 that connects immigrants and companies, according to CBC. P.E.I. immigration growing at fastest rate in the country Immigration drives P.E.I. population past 150,000 It is very explicitly about retaining people here, Hussen told a news conference following a meeting Tuesday of federal politicians and Atlantic premiers in Moncton, N.B. Atlantic Canada has never had a problem attracting skilled immigrants the problem is retention, so they come here and they don't stay. Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Atlantic Canada has a retention rate for skilled immigrants that hovers at around 60 per cent, compared to rates of 90 per cent or higher in Ontario and Alberta. International students accounted for over 21% of UPEI's total population in 2016. We know that will vastly improve the retention rate, Hussen said. CBC Such programs are key because they involve companies in helping to establish local roots for skilled immigrants and their families, he said. ( As reported in the news.