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Region-Wide Extension: Atlantic and Ottawa Awards

region-wide extension: Hussen said the region-wide extension of Nova Scotia's Study and Stay program will act as a compliment to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project announced in 2016 that connects immigrants and companies, according to Toronto Star. Read more Ottawa awards 950 million to five innovation superclusters' 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. Article Continued Below 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. Such programs are key because they involve companies in helping to establish local roots for skilled immigrants and their families, he said. I think it's great because it addresses a real challenge that is a little bit more acute in Atlantic Canada than the rest of the country. react-empty 159 In Nova Scotia, Study and Stay provides targeted support and services for up to 50 international students during their final year of post-secondary studies. We know that will vastly improve the retention rate, Hussen said. ( As reported in the news.