Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)
Atlantic Immigration Program allows employers in Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces – Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. This program allows people to immigrate to Canada with jobs that have not been filled locally.
The program is designed to welcome immigrants to the Atlantic Canadian region to fulfill the gap in employment.
Local employers can identify, and recruit talent from across the globe. The main goals of the program include supporting population growth, building a skilled workforce, and increasing the employment opportunities in the region.
The program is an overall strategy used by the Canadian government to build Atlantic employment opportunities across 5 areas:
- Skilled workforce and immigration
- Clean growth and climate change
- Infrastructure, and
- Trade and investment
How does the Atlantic Immigration Program work?
The Atlantic Immigration Program is an employer-driven program that helps improve the hiring process for foreign nationals. All applicants under this program must have a job offer from an employer based in the provinces, and a settlement plan for themselves and their family.
Once the employer finds a candidate that fulfils their requirements, they need to offer them a job. The employers do not need to go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.
When the candidate accepts the job offer, the employer must connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider to develop the settlement plan. Employers can also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and his/her family.
In case the employer needs to fill the vacancy quickly, they can also access the Temporary Work permit options for the candidate. To apply for this, candidates will need:
- The job offer
- A letter from the province
- A commitment to apply for PR within 90 days of the application
Requirements of Candidate:
The Atlantic Immigration Program or AIP has two main programs under which skilled workers can immigrate to Canada:
The work experience, education, and the job offer required will depend on the individual. Other requirements are included in the table below:
|Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)||Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)|
|Job offer from a designated employer||
|Skilled work experience||One year in occupation related to job offer||One year in occupation related to job offer|
|Language||Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French||Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French|
|Provincial endorsement||Letter of endorsement||Letter of endorsement|
Other ways to Immigrate to Canada with AIP:
The Atlantic Immigration Province has been active through the years via the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These programs welcome a large number of skilled workers, business immigrants and graduates studying in Canada.
From 2015, every Atlantic province has created at least 1 PNP stream that aligns with the Federal Express Entry system. This allows candidates in the Express Entry pool to immigrate through the stream and submit their applications.
Some other Atlantic Canada PNP options are:
- 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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