Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, centre, says 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. (ANDREW VAUGHAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
All of Canada’s Atlantic provinces are set to adopt a program that helps international students stay and work in Nova Scotia after graduation. Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says that Atlantic Canada has a retention rate for skilled immigrants that “hovers at around 60 per cent,” compared to rates of 90% or higher in Ontario and Alberta. The “Study and Stay” program offers support that includes career mentoring and access to employment-related events and workshops, as well as a subsidy to help local employers offset the cost of hiring students for a work-term after they graduate. NS Deputy Premier Karen Casey says that the program has received over 700 inquiries from international students in NS, of which 49 students were selected for participation.