After three decades of declining shares of Canada’s immigration, the Atlantic provinces are experiencing a notable turnaround. The annual number of immigrants to the region has doubled since 2002 to almost 5,700 last year – the highest level since 1974. Prince Edward Island received nearly 1,000 immigrants in 2007, its largest number since World War II. Atlantic Canada’s share of Canadian immigration reached 2.4% in 2007, the highest share since 1980, but this is still quite low compared to the region’s 7.1% share of Canada’s population. This dramatic growth in immigration reflects the impact of provincial nominee programs which accounted for 82% of the increase in Atlantic immigration between 2002 and 2006.