When Canada’s Atlantic provinces’ needs for skilled workers weren’t being met by domestic talent, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was launched in 2017. The purpose of this program is to bring in foreign talent in the sectors where these provinces lack.
What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?
The AIPP is a massive opportunity for foreign, technical talent to come to Canada and get a job. It benefits both parties, i.e., the Atlantic provinces get their hands on the talent they need to grow their economy, and foreign workers get to work in Canada and build a bright future.
Which provinces allow AIPP?
The four Atlantic regions that honor this program are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.
As part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, this program focuses on the following areas.
- Growth & climate change
- Skilled workforce & immigration
- Trade & investment
How does AIPP work?
The process is initialized and driven by the employer who needs to hire foreign talent. When the employer needs a new employee, they select a foreign candidate through any recruitment platform or personal contacts.
If selected, the candidate receives a job offer from the employer, which is then used by them to arrive in Canada.
When the candidate accepts the job offer, the employer connects them with a designated settlement service provider organization, which helps the candidate develop a settlement plan. The settlement plan includes long-term plans for personal settlement, as well as the settlement for any family members included in the immigration.
AIPP Eligibility Criteria
The following requirements must be met for a candidate to come to Canada for work under the AIPP program.
- The candidate must be willing to become a permanent resident of the Atlantic province.
- The employer must have an “Employer Designation” granted by the provincial government. The designation for each province is different.
Temporary Work Permit
If the employer wants to hire the candidate immediately, the candidate can get a temporary work permit to come to Canada immediately. This permit lets the candidate join the Canadian company as soon as possible to fill in the open position and start working.
Temporary Work Permit Requirements
To get a temporary work permit, the candidate needs the following documents.
- A valid job offer from the employer
- A letter from the Atlantic province
- A commitment that says the candidate will apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs
There are 3 programs included in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program as enlisted below.
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
If you have management, technical, or professional job experience, you can come to Canada under the Atlantic High-Skilled Program. The offering employer must have a designation from the corresponding province. Plus, the job offer has to be at least 1-year long for this program to be effective. Furthermore, the job offer must be full-time, at least 30 hours per week, and should not be seasonal. To qualify for this program, you should have at least 1 year of work experience while working at least 30 hours per week.
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
To come to Canada under this program, you must have job-specific training or high school education related to the job offer. Furthermore, the job offer should be permanent, i.e., the offer should invite you to come to Canada and take the position permanently.
Atlantic International Graduate Program
If you have prior study experience in any of the Atlantic provinces, you can get a job under the Atlantic International Graduate Program. This program does not require you to have work experience. Plus, the job offer should be at least 1 year long.
Educational Video about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)
The video below will show you the steps you need to take to become a Canadian Permanent Resident under the AIPP.
- How can I become a Permanent Resident through this program and what are the steps I need to take to start this application?
- I have a really low CRS Score and also a low IELTS score, this is my biggest chance, so what are the eligibility requirement?
- I do not have enough money to show as proof of funds, so this program will help me to Canada for low Proof of funds?
- Other programs take time to process, is this faster in terms of application process?
- I already have an IELTS and ECA Report, do I have advantage over others in terms of getting a Job?
- Is there a place to live once I move to Canada under this program?
- I’m only high school graduate? Can I apply under this program?
- I’m a truck driver and my wife is a food server so our NOC Skill Type is C. Our we eligible?
- I’m an engineer and so my NOC Skill Type is A. Am I eligible?
- What is a settlement plan and how can I get one?
- How can I obtain an IELTS Report?
- How can I obtain an ECA Report?
- How can I apply for Permanent Residence after I got an Endorsement letter from the province?
- Which category of AIPP I fall under?
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