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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program


The Atlantic Immigration Program is officially permanent, after bringing over 10,000 new

permanent residents to Atlantic Canada since 2017.

As of March 6, 2022, applications for the reformed Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

will be accepted. Every year, at least 6,000 entry spots will be offered. Applications

submitted through the program's pilot version will be considered as long as they are received before March 6.

Through the Atlantic Immigration Program started off as a pilot project, skilled workers with a job opportunity in Atlantic Canada, as well as their associated family members, will have an opportunity to come to the Atlantic provinces of Canada. The provincial government is aiming to recruit more immigrants to support towns in

developing, companies succeeding, and the population grow through the Atlantic

Immigration Program.

The provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and

Newfoundland and Labrador make up Atlantic Canada.

Applicants who have an offer of employment from an approved employer are eligible to

migrate to one of these provinces as well as meeting additional requirements. Before

filing an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC),

applicants must get provincial approval.

Applicants who get an offer of employment from a designated employer and a

recommendation letter from one of the Atlantic provinces may be able to apply for a

one-year employer-specific work permit that is not subject to the Labour Market Impact

Assessment (LMIA).

As the Atlantic Immigration Program transitions from pilot to permanent status, there are a few enhancements. To guarantee that immigrants may effectively establish

themselves in the region, the improvements include clarifying obligations between

partners, enhancing employer assistance via training, and reinforcing program


Who can Apply?

Individuals who satisfy the following requirements are eligible to apply:

1. Workers Category

2. Work experience

Work Experience

You must have worked in 1 occupation, even if with several employers, for at least 1

year (1,560 hours total or 30 hours per week) in the previous 3 years, either full-time,

non-consecutive, or part-time. This category does not include unpaid labour experience.

Workers can apply as either high-skilled or intermediate-skilled.

Work experience at National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill type level 0, A, or B

is required for high-skilled individuals.

Intermediate-skilled individuals must have work experience at the NOC skill level C from

either inside or outside of Canada.


You must possess:

1. A secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree in



2. A degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship education certification

from another country. To confirm that it is authentic and equal to a Canadian

certification, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report is necessary.

International Graduates Category

International graduate applicants must hold a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or

trade or apprenticeship certification from a recognized publicly-funded university in an

Atlantic province, as well as:

1. Been a full-time student in Canada for at least 2 years 

2. Graduated within the past 12 months at the time of application resided in one of

the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in the two years before graduation

3. Legal status in Canada at the time of application

The following are some restrictions on program eligibility:

1. Does not include English or French second language courses for more than half

of the program length, or remote learning for more than half of the program


2. If you have a scholarship or fellowship that requires you to return to your native

country after graduation or cannot apply.

Requirements of the Job offer

It must originate from an Atlantic province's approved employer (New Brunswick,

Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island)

1. Full-time employment (at least 30 paid hours per week)

2. Non-seasonal

The conditions for the NOC and the length of the employment offer are determined by

the category of the application.

Job opportunities for highly qualified employees must have the following requirements:

1. Be of skill type 0, A, or B.

2. Last for at least a year from the moment permanent residency is granted.

Job opportunities for intermediate-skilled employees must include the following:

1. Permanent employment with skill level 0, A, B, or C

Job opportunities for overseas grads must have the following requirements:

1. Be of skill level 0, A, B, or C.

2. Last for at least a year from the moment permanent residency is granted.


The job offer does not have to be in the same field as the applicant's prior

employment. They must, however, fulfill the employment standards for the

position they are offered. 

The employer is not obligated to do a Labor Market Impact Assessment

What are the Programs Offered?

For skilled workers, the AIPP provides two programs:

1. High-Skilled Program in the Atlantic

2. Intermediate-Skilled Program in the Atlantic

There's also a program for overseas students who have graduated:

1. Atlantic Graduate Program for International Students

*Your eligibility for the program in terms of work experience, education, and job

offer is determined by your individual circumstances when applying, such as

whether you are a skilled worker or an overseas graduate.

What Are the Steps To The Process?

1. Designated Employer

The first step is for the employer to be designated which is approved by the Atlantic

provinces through the government. From there, the employer then chooses candidates

that satisfy the program's requirements based on their first evaluation and extends a job offer to them.

2. Endorsement

Afterwards, you will need a settlement service where you contact different organizations

to provide you with settlement plans for you and your family. 

The employer then fills out the provincial endorsement application which then

determines the suitable program based on the candidate's work history, and submits it to the province, along with the job offer and settlement plan.

3. Apply

You need to apply for a permanent residency application, in which we are here to help!

We can help you gather all the required paperwork as necessary. 

Language Requirements

You must have at least a level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmarks in English and

take a 2-year authorized language exam to demonstrate your proficiency in English. 

Proof of Funds.

You must demonstrate that you will be able to support yourself and your family once

you immigrate.  If you already have a valid work visa and are living and working in

Canada, you do not need to present documentation.

Want to know more about AIPP Canada?

Immergity Immigration Inc. is always happy to help with any queries and is available to

help you through this exciting time period of immigrating. For more information feel free to drop us an email at or you can Call/WhatsApp us at +1.416.897.6664.

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