Immigration expected to dominate talks on Atlantic Canada economy

Immigration is expected to be one of the top issues when Atlantic premiers and federal ministers gather Friday in Halifax for their latest meeting on the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

Internal Trade Minister Dominic LeBlanc says immigration was the first issue addressed when the strategy was launched three years ago, and it continues to help grow the region's economy.

On Wednesday, the Conference Board of Canada said that over the next two years, Prince Edward Island should outpace nearly every other province in the country when it comes to its rate of population growth due to immigration.

LeBlanc says Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will talk about how the Atlantic Immigration Pilot can be renewed or expanded.

He says the group will also discuss improving the regional energy grid, upgrading high-speed internet access, and efforts to remove barriers to interprovincial trade.