This task force works together to;


  • Review the effectiveness of current immigration attraction and settlement services in Cape Breton Island


  • Make recommendations to enhance these services in all municipalities in Cape Breton (rural and urban, Anglophone and Francophone)


  • Ensure deep linkages with the Universities, the Community College, and the ICEAP, including the Cape Breton Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and the Island Sandbox


  • Explore relevant labour market opportunities and growth sectors in Cape Breton Island e.g tourism, agriculture and fisheries, clean tech, etc.

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In addition, CBU and the Task Force on Immigration will work with other universities, the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents and relevant agencies in the province to;


  • Participate in a Nova Scotia multi-level initiative on immigration involving the Universities that work province-wide (including Cape Breton Rural-Urban Immigration proposal)


  • Be consistent with the Federal Economic Action Plan, optimize take-up under the Federal Skilled Workers Immigration Program (i.e. start-up visa, self-employed persons and federal skilled worker options)


  • Optimize take up under the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program
  • Review access to immigration consultants and other representation necessary to immigrate to Nova Scotia


  • Share best practices on international student experience and student support for potential graduate immigrants


  • Share best practices on promoting rural-urban immigration with like-minded institutions