Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) fulfills demands of labour markets and skill-bound industries in four Atlantic provinces viz Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island. Started in 2017, the program aimed to help immigrants and their families to work and settle in Canada. According to rough estimate, the federal government of Canada aims to offer work opportunities to approximately 7,000 immigrants under AIPP by 2021.

What is Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

It is termed as a mutually beneficial program that supports both immigrants and Canadian employers willing to hire young skilled workers and professionals to smoothly run domains and industries. Every year Canadian employers scan various applications of immigrant seekers and employ them based on academic credentials, work experience, skill and knowledge as well as requirements of labour market.
The AIPP projects ample job opportunities and growth areas such as skill-based industries; real estate and infrastructure development; trade and investment; entrepreneurship and innovation; as well as growth based units having environmental centric norms and compliance mechanisms.

Key Highlights of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program:

  • Ample opportunities in traditional and emerging industries in four provinces of Atlantic Canada
  • Fast track application process, specifically in Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
  • Inclusive society
  • Access to social and healthcare benefits to all immigrants
  • Express Entry aligned PNPs help candidates to enhance CRS
  • AIGP does not require prior work experience
  • Language threshold for Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) and Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) is lower than other immigration programs

Profile of Atlantic Provinces —

Nova Scotia,

known as the biggest and wealthiest of the four Atlantic provinces, is popular for shipbuilding industry and naval bases. This Canadian province is rich in natural resources, particularly coal and fishing. It has good prospects in tourism industry. Its provincial capital is Halifax

New Brunswick

This Canadian province is majorly covered by forests. The key industries found here are shipbuilding, logging, lumber mills, gas stations, media organizations, retail stores, and so on. The Bay of Fundy, which is home to the highest tides in the world, is located on its southern coast. Its provincial capital is Fredericton.

Prince Edward Island

This smallest province in Canada in terms of both land area and population survives on industries like potato farming, agriculture, fisheries, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), aerospace, tourism, bio-science, and so on. The inclusive society in this province is home to many families of Scottish, Irish, English and French origins. The provincial industries have been employing immigrants in last two decades under PEI PNP. Its provincial capital is Charlottetown.

Newfoundland and Labrador

This Atlantic province relies on industries based on oil and petroleum; natural resources; tourism; general administration; healthcare and so on. The diverse society in this Canadian province embraces immigrants from different backgrounds and nationalities. Its provincial capital is St John’s.

AIPP Gateways—

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two programs for skilled workers and one program for international graduates (AIGP):

Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) and Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

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  • Academic credentials commensurate to Canadian education system
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 band or English proficiency test (IELTS)
  • Relevant work experience of at least one year or 1,560 hours (30 hours per week) during last three years
  • Valid job offer from a designated employer based in either of Atlantic provinces
  • Candidates’ willingness to work in Atlantic provinces
  • Sufficient funds
  • Endorsement Letter to secure Canada PR
  • License proof of professional operational in Atlantic Canada

Please note that eligible applicants with a job offer from designated employer in Atlantic Canada can also apply for Canada Permanent Residence (PR) or approach Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC). It has been observed that IRCC grants Canada PR to most of the applications under this program within six to nine months.
Also, the language threshold for AHSP and AISP is lower compared to other Canadian economic immigration programs.

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

This program helps international students, young graduates in Canada or those who have secured degree from certified Canadian institutes to receive Canada Permanent Residence without having prior work experience. As AIGP is not Express Entry aligned program, the applications are considered on first-come-first-serve basis.
The minimum eligibility criteria for AIGP is —

  • A degree, diploma, certification course or apprenticeship followed by post-secondary education (Class 12) for at least 2 years from certified academic institution located in Atlantic Canada provinces
  • Full-time international student in Canada for a period of at least two years
  • Lived in Atlantic Canada for a minimum period of 16 months 9n last two years before receiving certification
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 bands or English proficiency test
  • Sufficient funds
  • Provincial Endorsement
  • License proof of professional operation in Atlantic Canada

In order to retain talented young graduates and international students in reputed industries, the AIGP expedites applications on fast track mode, hence open gateway to secure Canada PR without hassle. Interestingly, the Atlantic Canada is gradually focusing on higher education and research studies.

Other gateways for Atlantic Canada immigration

The Atlantic provinces offer immigrants to work and stay in Canada through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The PNP gateways successfully allow skilled workers, immigration aspirants, young professionals, entrepreneurs, international graduates, and start up enthusiasts to contribute towards economy as well as growth and development of these regions.
Since 2015, all Atlantic provinces have introduced at least one PNP aligned to the federal Express Entry program. It helps eligible candidates to secure bonus points and improve their Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS)
Here is a list of Atlantic Canada PNPs

  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  • Newfoundland And Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
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