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What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP)?

AIPP – Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, was introduced in 2017 to fast-track immigration pilot programs for the designated employers in Atlantic’s four provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador to hire foreign workers with skills they weren’t able to find locally. On February 17, 2021, Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made the AIPP a permanent immigration program – Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).

This immigration pilot program allows employers in Atlantic Canada to hire foreign skilled workers who want to move to the Atlantic region of Canada and international graduates who want to stay in the region after their graduation. 

For a candidate to qualify for the AIPP, they must have a job offer from the designated employers of the Atlantic region of Canada. Usually, for a candidate to get a Canadian job offer, they are required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for immigration. But in AIPP they are not required to get a positive LMIA but they just need a job offer from a designated employer. AIPP has welcomed a maximum of 2,500 new immigrants in 2018 with the target increasing to 4,000 by the year 2020.

What are the requirements for the Atlantic Immigration Program?

Immigrants who want to move to the Atlantic provinces of Canada, have to apply through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). For this, the first major requirement for the candidate is to get an official job offer from the designated employers. 

Once the immigrant can get the job offer, they must the requirements of any one of the following three program streams:

  • High-Skilled Workers Stream
  • Intermediate-Skilled Workers Stream
  • International Graduate Stream

High-Skilled Workers Stream

To be eligible under this stream, the candidate must have a job offer from a designated employer for a duration of a minimum of 12 months for an occupation that is categorized under NOC Skill Type O OR Skill Level A or B. Other than the job offer requirements, candidates must also meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of one year of work experience of full-time skilled work experience;
  • At least a high school diploma (ECA – Educational Credential Assessment if foreign diploma);
  • At least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4;
  • Must show enough settlement funds;

Intermediate-Skilled Worker Stream

Applicant must have a full-time job offer in an occupation that is categorized under NOC skill level 0, A, B, or C. Other minimum requirements to meet are as follows:

  • Minimum of one year of work experience of full-time skilled work experience in an occupation NOC skill level 0, A, B, or C;
  • At least a high school diploma (ECA – Educational Credential Assessment if foreign diploma);
  • At least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4;
  • Must show enough settlement funds;

International Graduates Stream

Applicant must have a full-time job offer in an occupation that is categorized under NOC skill level 0, A, B, or C. Other minimum requirements to meet are as follows:

  • No work experience is required;
  • Must complete education credential (minimum duration of course 2 years) from an educational institution where the applicant has lived for a minimum of 16 months in the final two years of study. Education must be completed within the last 2 years;
  • At least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4;
  • Must show enough settlement funds;

What is the process to apply under AIP?

Atlantic Immigration Program is an employer-driven immigration program that facilitates the employment of skilled foreign workers. Applicants arriving under this pilot program must have a job offer from a designated employer and a personalized settlement plan for themselves and their accompanying family members.

Once a suitable candidate is found, the designated employer needs to offer them a job, however, the candidate needs to meet the eligibility criteria of the immigration program. There is no need for the employers to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under AIP.

Once the candidate has accepted the offered job position, the employer will put the candidate in contact with a designated settlement service provider organization to develop a settlement plan. Employers will also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and their families, if applicable, so that they can meet the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.

Employers who must fill a vacant position quickly will have access to a temporary work permit so that the candidate and his family can come to Canada as soon as possible. To obtain this work permit, applicants must have:

  • a valid job offer;
  • a letter from the province; and
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of applying for a temporary work permit.

How to get a job offer for the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?

It is mandatory to have a job offer from a designated employer to be eligible for the Atlantic Immigration Program.

Your designated employer will provide you with an offer of employment with a foreign national form. You have to make sure to:

  • Meet the employment requirements in the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • Eligible for the immigration category your employer has selected you with a job offer – Intermediate-skilled, High-skilled or International graduate program;
  • Sign the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National form and keep a copy with you. You also need to work with your service provider organization to help you work on your settlement plan and your PR Visa application;

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    Way to apply for Temporary Work Permit (TWP) for AIP

    To apply for a temporary work permit, you need to meet the requirement of any one of the immigration categories under AIP.

    You need to:

    • Have an employment letter from a designated employer;
    • A referral letter from the province of your job location;

    A temporary work permit will allow you to work in the country while your PR Visa application is under processing. It is only valid for one year and is only for the Atlantic Immigration Program. However, it will only allow you to work for the employer who has offered you the job.

    You need to submit your PR visa application within 90 days of getting your temporary work permit application successfully submitted.

    What are the documents required for the AIP?

    Here is the document checklist you need to apply for PR Visa:

    • Identity documents (like a valid passport);
    • Language Test result (IELTS or TEF);
    • Canadian High School diploma or an ECA certificate;
    • Proof of funds;
    • Letters of employment;
    • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) & Medical Certificate;
    • Certificate of Endorsement;
    • A valid settlement plan;

    What are the other ways to move to the Atlantic region of Canada?

    Atlantic provinces are always active in welcoming skilled immigrants through the various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through PNPs they can meet the demands of their local labour market. 

    Since 2015, each PNP has had a stream that is in line with the Express entry program. Through these “enhanced streams”, express entry candidates can apply for a provincial nomination certificate.

    Following are the active PNPs for the Atlantic provinces:

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