Provincial, federal governments to fund immigration retention research

The provincial and federal governments have announced funding to research ways to increase immigrant retention.

The work will be carried out at NouLAB, located in the University of New Brunswick’s Pond-Deshpande Centre, in co-operation with new Canadians, settlement agencies, municipalities, universities and the public.

The provincial government is providing $222,000 through the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour while the federal government is contributing $190,000 under the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program.

A report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council in January showed that while immigration rates throughout Atlantic Canada are rising, retention rates within five years in New Brunswick were 52 per cent, and just 35 per cent within ten years.