Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program (AIPP) to December 2021 to maintain the program’s momentum. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot program was launched in 2017 by the federal government to address labour shortages in the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. It was initially billed for three years.
According to statistics released by IRCC, 1,896 employers in the Atlantic Canada region have made 3,729 job offers to immigrants through the AIP since its launch in 2017 and 2,535 principal applicants and their families have been approved for permanent residence.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen stated that extending the AIPP plan “will give the Government of Canada and the Atlantic Provinces more time to experiment approaches and to assess the program’s medium and long-term impacts on the region.”
The Following changes will also be implemented through AIPP:
International graduates will have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP
Employers in the health-care sector will be able to hire internationally trained nurses to work as continuing care and home care support to fill the job vacancies
From 1st May 2019 onwards, IRCC will require that applicants meet the language, education, and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit.
Eligibility and Process
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the 4 Atlantic provinces:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program lets Atlantic employers hire qualified candidates for jobs that they haven’t been able to fill locally.
You can be living abroad or be in Canada temporarily. You must have a job offer from any of the four provinces before you can apply.
If you and the employer meet the requirements, you’ll get permanent resident status. This means you can live and work in Canada.
Employers can hire you through 1 of 3 programs in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program:
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
Atlantic International Graduate Program
Each program has its own requirements. These requirements cover:
the job that you’ll have in the Atlantic province
your skills, experience and education
your ability to communicate in English or French
your ability to support yourself and your family in Canada
your intent to reside in the Atlantic province
If you’re interested in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, see if you qualify for one or more of the programs. You may be eligible for more than one program, but you can only apply through one program.
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
In general, you must:
have worked in a management, professional or technical/skilled job for at least a year
have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education
take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French
show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada
Proof of funds: When you arrive in Canada, you must have enough money to support yourself and your family. Learn how much money you should have when you arrive in Canada.
There are other documents you must include in your application. Each program has an application guide with a checklist of all the documents and forms you must submit. Use the checklist to make sure you have all of the documents:
You must meet the employment requirements for the job you’re offered. The requirements are listed in the National Occupational Classification. Your job offer doesn’t need to be in the same field as other jobs you’ve had.
After you get a job offer from a designated employer, you and any family members who are aged 18 years and over and who will be living with you in Canada need to get a settlement plan.
The plan will:
help you settle in Canada
give you resources and links related to you and your family’s needs
tell you where you can go in the community to get help
These plans are free.
You’ll work with a settlement service provider organization to make this plan. If you’re already in Canada, you must work with a settlement service provider organization in the region where you’ll be working. If you’re outside Canada, there are several settlement service provider organizations in Canada you can contact.