The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a fast-track immigration program that allows employers in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces to hire foreign nationals for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in one of Canada’s 4 Atlantic Provinces. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is introduced in 2017; the federal government and its provincial government partners aim to welcome more than 7,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic Canada region by 2021 through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. Canada’s Atlantic region comprises of the provinces.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is designed to welcome additional newcomers to the Atlantic Canada region to fill the needs of local employers and communities. The program also has the goals of supporting population growth, developing a skilled workforce, and increasing employment rates in the region.
The pilot program forms part of an overall Atlantic Growth Strategy that is focused on the following five priority areas:
• Skilled workforce and immigration;
• Clean growth and climate change;
• Trade and investment; and
Employers that need to fill a job vacancy quickly will have access to a temporary work permit, so that the candidate and his or her family can come to Canada as soon as possible. In order to obtain this work permit, candidates will need:
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) – To qualify under this stream, an applicant must have a job offer from a Designated Employer for a permanent position under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, B, or C. In addition to a job offer, applicants in this stream must meet the following criteria:
Proof of Funds: Demonstrate sufficient funds to support oneself and one’s family when settling in Canada
Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) – To qualify under this stream, an applicant must have a job offer from a Designated Employer for a duration of at least 12-months under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, B, or C. In addition to a job offer, applicants in this stream must meet the following criteria:
Eligibilities to apply for AIPP
Documents Required for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
|Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)||Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)||Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)|
|Job offer from a designated employer||• Full time|
• NOC 0, A, B or C
|• Full time|
• One-year offer
• NOC 0, A or B
|• Full time
• One-year offer
• NOC 0, A, B or C
|Skilled work experience||Minimum 1 year of experience required in the relevant field||No experience required|
|Minimum education requirements||1. Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, Or|
2. a completed foreign credential, and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by IRCC. [The report must show the foreign education is equal to a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.] and,
3. the ECA must be less than five years old at the time of the application.
|A degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship credential following completion of a post-secondary education program of at least 2 years from a recognized publicly-funded institution in one of the four Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador).
The applicant must have lived in either New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador or Prince Edward Island for at least 16 months within the 24-month period before their credential was granted, and had valid or legal temporary resident status.
Eligible educational credentials
Only certain educational credentials are eligible for the AIGP. An educational credential is not eligible if the credentials were obtained in a study or training program where:
1. the study of English or French as a second language was at least half of the program;
2. distance learning was at least half of the program; or
3. where a scholarship or fellowship stipulated that the recipient return to their home country to apply the knowledge and skills gained.
|Language requirements||language level of four (4) in the Canadian Language Benchmark in English|
|Provincial endorsement||All applicants must have a letter of endorsement|
|Number of Family Members|
(including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)
(in Canadian dollars)
|7 and more||$8,138|