Atlantic Canada having difficult time retaining refugees, report indicates

A new report shows more people are immigrating to Atlantic Canada than ever before, but many do not stay.

Atlantic Provinces Economic Council's David Chaundy  says a record 8,300 immigrants arrived in 2015 and even more the following year.

The council says 11,600 immigrants came to Atlantic Canada in the first nine months of 2016, due in part to an influx of Syrian refugees.

But Chaundy says retention rates for Atlantic Canada are low, and lengthy processing times are a barrier for greater use of immigration in the business community.

We've reached out to the Chaleur Multicultural Association for comment.