Population is a critical issue for Western NS. Year over year since 1991, population in the region has gone down, which represents a 13.7% decline.
Our employers are struggling to find the talent they need to maintain and grow their businesses.
Immigration as a solution to responding to labor shortages is a relatively new phenomenon in Western Nova Scotia. Our employers are exploring all avenues – looking at efficiencies, automation, tapping into the entire local workforce – but still, there is a need for more people if we want to maintain our current lifestyle, let alone consider growth.
Many of our employers are navigating new waters. They’re coming to terms with the idea of looking outside our borders to find the help they need, but they need support to go about doing it.
How and where do they recruit? What does it mean to bring an individual from another country into their business, what can they do to support them and make that transition a smooth one? What supports are out there to help in this process?
As always, the Western REN is there to help bridge the gap; to help identify common issues and facilitate solutions that support business and population growth.
The Western REN is a partner in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program, an employer facing program helping employers hire job candidates who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents for jobs they have been having trouble filling locally. If the candidate and employer meet the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.
Panel presentation on Living in Nova Scotia : Stephanie MacLean of Cape Breton Partnership, Tina Hennigar of Now Lunenburg, Angélique LeBlanc of Western REN, Robyn Webb of Halifax Partnership and Laura Lê of Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-ÉcosseThe Western REN was pleased to accept an invitation extended by the Province of Nova Scotia to take part in a Destination Canada mission this Fall. Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration and Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, led the mission which also included staff from the Offices of Immigration and Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Now Lunenburg, Halifax Partnership, Cape Breton Partnership and Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Organized by the Canadian Embassy in Paris, Destination Canada, is a recruitment event that targets bilingual Francophones who are interested in living and working in Canada. Meetings with potential immigrants were held in Paris on Nov. 13-15, and Brussels on Nov. 17.
Western REN CEO shared information about working and living in the region and promoted opportunities through participation on a Nova Scotia panel, as well as through a booth set up to promote the area. Not only was it an opportunity to talk face to face with individuals exploring a move to Canada, it was a chance to promote the vibrancy of our region and consider what we may be lacking when we think of welcoming newcomers.