Atlantic Canada

Four Provinces for Opportunity

This area is home to approximately 2.5 million Canadians. The area is grouped together to give a better overview of the economic industries employment conditions, and immigration. Information has been gathered from The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, and also each provincial government across Atlantic Canada.


  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Atlantic Growth Strategy

The Four provinces of Atlantic Canada are working together with the Government of Canada to stimulate economic growth in the region via the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which in 2017 will target these 5 areas:


Skilled workforce/immigration
Enhance the region’s capacity to develop, deploy and retain a skilled workforce by addressing persistent and emerging labour market needs and making Atlantic Canada a destination of choice for immigrants.


Foster greater business innovation by supporting the scaling up of small firms, technology transfer, the commercialization of research, and the generation of new breakthrough ideas in areas such as bioscience, aquaculture, ocean technology and renewable energy, while value-added opportunities in established industries like the fisheries, agriculture and forestry which are the foundation of Atlantic Canada’s economy.


Clean growth and climate change
Stimulate economic growth, creation of clean jobs, and innovation in the transition to a low-carbon economy.


Trade and investment
Expand business activities between Atlantic Canada and international markets, and strategically market the region as a whole by displaying the best Atlantic Canada has to offer the world to attract new investments and grow tourism.


Invest in regionally significant infrastructure projects, including broadband connectivity, that support long-term growth in Atlantic Canada and position the region to capitalize on global trade opportunities by attracting investment and enhancing productivity.


The province of New Brunswick is running a national campaign to promote tech jobs in the region. Halifax in Nova Scotia has Canada’s second fastest growing economy, and  Newfoundland & Labrador is a place for workers in oil and gas, technology, mining, forestry, tourism, fishery, farming, manufacturing, service. Prince Edward Island is  Canada’s smallest province with business and foreign worker programs in place.


The main cities and areas of employment across Atlantic Canada are concentrated in:

Nova Scotia (provincial population of 921,000) main cities in NS:  Halifax

New Brunswick (provincial population of 751,000) official bilingual province main cities:

Saint John



Newfoundland and Labrador (provincial population of 514,000) main cities are:

St. John’s

Corner Brook


Prince Edward Island (provincial population of 140,000) main city:



Atlantic Canada is a great choice for settling in Canada, with many programs in place to support skilled newcomers, entrepreneurs, and temporary workers in tourism and fishing industries.  Atlantic Canada is known in Canada for its spectacular natural beauty and open and friendly communities.