Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a fast-track immigration program that allows employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island — to hire foreign nationals for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

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.

Background

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 three-year pilot program allows designated local employers to identify, recruit and retain global talent. 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;
  • innovation;
  • clean growth and climate change;
  • trade and investment; and
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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: How it works

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an employer-driven program that facilitates the hiring of foreign workers. All principal applicants arriving in Canada under the pilot program must have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their family.

Once a designated employer finds a candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will need to first offer them a job. Employers do not need to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.

Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and to develop a settlement plan. Employers will also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and his or her family, if applicable, so they can reach the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.

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:

  • a valid job offer;
  • a letter from the province; and
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.

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Employer designation

Employers that would like to hire skilled immigrants under the pilot program must apply to the province(s) in order to receive designation. Employers with locations in multiple provinces will require a separate designation for each province. Employers must meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and his or her family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.

Candidate requirements

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two programs for skilled workers:

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

and one program for international student graduates:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

The work experience, education, and job offer required will depend on whether the individual is applying as a worker or as an international student graduate. The other requirements are the same for both.

See the table below for a review of the requirements.

 

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

 

Job offer from a designated employer

·        Full time

·        Indeterminate

·        NOC 0, A, B or C

·        Full time

·        One-year contract

·        NOC 0, A or B

·        Full time

·        One-year contract

·        NOC 0, A, B or C

Skilled work experience

·        One year in occupation related to job offer

N/A

Education

·        Completion of at least high school

·        Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential is required

·        Two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region, obtained within the 12 months before the submission of the application for permanent residence

Language

Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or the Niveau de compétencelinguistiqueCanadien in French

Provincial endorsement

Letter of endorsement

Other ways to immigrate to Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic provinces have already been active in immigration over recent years, principally through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, the provinces have been able to welcome a wide range of skilled workers, graduates who have studied in Canada, and business immigrants such as entrepreneurs.

Since 2015, each Atlantic province has created at least one PNP stream aligned with the federal Express Entry system, allowing candidates in the Express Entry pool who are also eligible to immigrate through one of these streams to submit an application to immigrate to the given province.

Currently, the Atlantic PNP options include:

  • 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)

Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a new Canadian immigration venture for 2017 and beyond.

Through this program, eligible foreign workers with a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada can submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) aims to process 80 percent of applications within six months.

The Job Offer

The AHSP is an employer-driven program, and therefore all applicants are required to obtain a valid job offer.

Applicants to the AHSP must demonstrate that they have a job offer that is:

  • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces;
  • for full-time employment for at least one year;
  • non-seasonal;
  • skilled (i.e. in a managerial, professional, or technical/trades position at skill type 0, A or, B of the National Occupational Classification [NOC]); and
  • supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that a needs assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of the family.
  • Employers in the Atlantic region can review designation requirements on our AIPP Employer Designation page.

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Work Experience

Applicants to the AHSP must demonstrate that they have obtained work experience for at least one year (1,560 hours total/30 hours per week), non-continuous, full-time or an equal amount in part-time, within the last three years. This work experience must be:

  • paid work (i.e. volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count); and
  • in a managerial, professional, or technical/trades position (NOC 0, A, or B).

Additional notes on work experience:

  • Applicants must have carried out the activities listed in the lead statement of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) description and a substantial number of the main duties.
  • Canadian experience must have been obtained while the foreign national was authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident.
  • Applicants do not have to be employed at the time they apply.
  • Periods of self-employment will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience.
  • Work experience acquired during a period of study is allowed, as long as the work hours did not exceed what the applicant was authorized to do for that period.

 Education

 Applicants to AHSP must demonstrate they have one of the following:

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree; or
  • a completed foreign educational credential.

For applicants with an education completed outside Canada, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is required in order to prove that the level of education is commensurate with Canadian standards. The ECA must be less than five years old the time the application is submitted.

Language Ability

Applicants to the AHSP must prove language ability of at least fluent basic level in either English or French in order to apply to the program. This is equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. To find out how this corresponds with the standardized language tests recognized by IRCC for this program, use the Canada Immigration Language Converter.

The following language tests are approved for the AHSP:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) — General test only.
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) — General test only.
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français).
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada)

Potential applicants may note that the language threshold for this program is lower than for many other Canadian economic immigration programs, including the programs managed under the Express Entry system. Moreover, because there is no points system for the AHSP, once a potential applicant has proven the required language ability, there is no additional incentive — with respect to applying to the AHSP, at least — in re-taking a language test.

Language test results must be less than two years old at the time the application is submitted.

Settlement Funds

The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.

Number of family members (including those supported by the applicant, even if they are not included on the application)

Funds required

 

1

$3,167

2

$3,943

3

$4,847

4

$5,885

5

$6,675

6

$7,528

7 or more

$8,381

Applicants must show that they have enough money to support themselves and their family member, if applicable, after landing in Canada unless they are working in Canada under a valid work permit.

These funds cannot be borrowed from another person.

Provincial Endorsement

Applicants must be endorsed by an Atlantic province in order for the application to be complete and accepted by IRCC.

An endorsement letter is issued by the province to persons who have been endorsed. Applicants should submit a copy of this letter with their application for permanent residence submitted to IRCC.

All endorsements are valid for six months after the date of issuance, and extensions are not permitted under these programs. The application for permanent residence must be submitted before the expiry date of the endorsement letter.

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Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a new Canadian immigration venture for 2017 and beyond.

Through the AISP, eligible foreign workers with a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada can submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) aims to process 80 percent of applications within six months.

The Job Offer

The AISP is an employer-driven program, and therefore all applicants are required to obtain a valid job offer.

Applicants to the AISP must demonstrate that they have a job offer that is:

  • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces;
  • for full-time, indeterminate employment;
  • non-seasonal;
  • skilled or intermediate level (i.e. in a managerial, professional, technical/trades, or intermediate position at skill type 0, A, B, or C of the National Occupational Classification [NOC]); and
  • supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that a needs assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of the family.

Employers in the Atlantic region can review designation requirements on our AIPP Employer Designation page.

Work Experience

Applicants to the AISP must demonstrate that they have obtained work experience for at least one year (1,560 hours total/30 hours per week) within the last three years. This work experience may be non-continuous, full-time or part-time, but must add up to a total of 1,560 hours. This work experience must be:

  • in one occupation (work with different employers is permitted);
  • paid work (i.e. volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count); and
  • in a NOC C level occupation.

Additional notes on work experience:

  • Applicants can include work experience under skill level B obtained while working as a registered nurse (NOC 3012), registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012) and licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233). This experience can only be included if the applicant has a job offer as a nurse’s aide (NOC 3413), orderly (NOC 3413), patient services associate (NOC 3413) or home support worker (NOC 4412).
  • Applicants must have carried out the activities listed in the lead statement of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) description and a substantial number of the main duties.
  • Canadian experience must have been obtained while the foreign national was authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident.
  • Applicants do not have to be employed at the time they apply.
  • Periods of self-employment will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience.
  • Work experience acquired during a period of study is allowed, as long as the work hours did not exceed what the applicant was authorized to do for that period.

 Education

Applicants to AISP must demonstrate they have one of the following:

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree; or
  • a completed foreign educational credential.

For applicants with an education completed outside Canada, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is required in order to prove that the level of education is commensurate with Canadian standards. The ECA must be less than five years old the time the application is submitted.

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Language Ability

Applicants to the AISP must prove language ability of at least fluent basic level in either English or French in order to apply to the program. This is equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. To find out how this corresponds with the standardized language tests recognized by IRCC for this program, use the Canada Immigration Language Converter.

The following language tests are approved for the AISP:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) — General test only.
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) — General test only.
  • TEF (Test d’Evaluation Du Français).
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada)

Potential applicants may note that the language threshold for this program is lower than for many other Canadian economic immigration programs, including the programs managed under the Express Entry system. Moreover, because there is no points system for the AISP, once a potential applicant has proven the required language ability, there is no additional incentive — with respect to applying to the AISP, at least — in re-taking a language test.

Language test results must be less than two years old at the time the application is submitted.

Settlement Funds

The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.

Number of family members (including those supported by the applicant, even if they are not included on the application)

Funds required

 

1

$3,167

2

$3,943

3

$4,847

4

$5,885

5

$6,675

6

$7,528

7 or more

$8,381

Applicants must show that they have enough money to support themselves and their family member, if applicable, after landing in Canada unless they are working in Canada under a valid work permit.

These funds cannot be borrowed from another person.

Provincial Endorsement

Applicants must be endorsed by an Atlantic province in order for the application to be complete and accepted by IRCC.

An endorsement letter is issued by the province to persons who have been endorsed. Applicants should submit a copy of this letter with their application for permanent residence submitted to IRCC.

All endorsements are valid for six months after the date of issuance, and extensions are not permitted under these programs. The application for permanent residence must be submitted before the expiry date of the endorsement letter.

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) is a unique immigration option for international graduates of eligible educational institutions in Atlantic Canada.

This program allows graduates to submit an application for permanent residence without first having to obtain work experience.

The AIGP is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a new Canadian immigration venture for 2017 and beyond.

Through the AIGP, eligible foreign workers with a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada can submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) aims to process 80 percent of applications within six months.

The Job Offer

 The AIGP is an employer-driven program, and therefore all applicants are required to obtain a valid job offer.

Applicants to the AIGP must demonstrate that they have a job offer that is:

  • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces;
  • for full-time employment for at least one year;
  • non-seasonal;
  • skilled (i.e. in a managerial, professional, or technical/trades position at skill type 0, A or, B of the National Occupational Classification [NOC]); and
  • supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that a needs assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of the family.

Employers in the Atlantic region can review designation requirements on our AIPP Employer Designation page.

 If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Canada  visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Canada Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

Education

Applicants to AIGP must demonstrate that they:

  • obtained a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship credential following completion of a post-secondary education program of at least two years from a recognized publicly-funded institution in Atlantic Canada (i.e. in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador);
  • were enrolled as a full-time student in Canada for a minimum of two years;
  • lived in either Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 16 months within the 24-month period before their credential was granted; and
  • had valid or legal temporary resident status throughout their stay in Canada and had authorization for any work, study or training they engaged in while in Canada.

IRCC states that the educational credential must have been obtained within 24 months of the date on the application for permanent residence.

Language Ability

Applicants to the AIGP must prove language ability of at least fluent basic level in either English or French in order to apply to the program. This is equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. To find out how this corresponds with the standardized language tests recognized by IRCC for this program, use the Canada Immigration Language Converter.

The following language tests are approved for the AIGP:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) — General test only.
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) — General test only.
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français).
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada)

Potential applicants may note that the language threshold for this program is lower than for many other Canadian economic immigration programs, including the programs managed under the Express Entry system. Moreover, because there is no points system for the AIGP, once a potential applicant has proven the required language ability, there is no additional incentive — with respect to applying to the AIGP, at least — in re-taking a language test.

Language test results must be less than two years old at the time the application is submitted.

Settlement Funds

The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.

Number of family members (including those supported by the applicant, even if they are not included on the application)

Funds required

 

1

$3,167

2

$3,943

3

$4,847

4

$5,885

5

$6,675

6

$7,528

7 or more

$8,381

Applicants must show that they have enough money to support themselves and their family member, if applicable, after landing in Canada unless they are working in Canada under a valid work permit.

These funds cannot be borrowed from another person.

Provincial Endorsement

 Applicants must be endorsed by an Atlantic province in order for the application to be complete and accepted by IRCC.

An endorsement letter is issued by the province to persons who have been endorsed. Applicants should submit a copy of this letter with their application for permanent residence submitted to IRCC.

All endorsements are valid for six months after the date of issuance, and extensions are not permitted under these programs. The application for permanent residence must be submitted before the expiry date of the endorsement letter.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: Find a Designated Employer

Foreign workers interested in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must receive a job offer from an employer designated by its respective provincial government to take part in the pilot.

The Government of Canada encourages foreign workers to ensure the employer has been officially designated under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. All job offers from designated employers must be endorsed by the respective province before the foreign worker can apply for Canadian permanent resident status through the AIPP.

The Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and New Brunswick have published their lists of designated employers under the AIPP.

Please note that designation under the AIPP does not mean an employer is actively recruiting foreign nationals nor does it imply that they intend to in the future.

Follow the links below for a list of AIPP-designated employers in each Atlantic province:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Designated Employers
  • Nova Scotia Designated Employers
  • Prince Edward Island Designated Employers
  • New Brunswick Designated Employers

The provinces of Nova Scotia and PEI also encourage foreign job seekers to consult their respective employment pages for current job opportunities: Careers Nova Scotia and Work PEI.

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: Employer Designation

Employers in Atlantic Canada who wish to hire foreign talent through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must first receive employer designation.

The AIPP is an immigration pilot program, introduced in 2017. It allows eligible skilled workers, intermediate level workers, and international graduates to become permanent residents of Canada and immigrate to one of the Atlantic provinces, namely Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

All programs under the AIPP are employer-driven, meaning that applicants require a job offer in order to satisfy the criteria. As such, local employers play a big role in the process.

There is no Labour Market Impact Assessment process under the AIPP. However, employers must still follow a few steps in order to hire through this program.

Under the AIPP, employers also work with settlement service provider organizations in their province. This will help newcomers settle and integrate in Canada.

The employer designation process and settlement service provider organizations are different for each province:

  • Nova Scotia employer requirements
  • New Brunswick employer requirements
  • Prince Edward Island employer requirements
  • Newfoundland and Labrador employer requirements

In all cases, the employer must send the job offer, the settlement plan for each adult family member, and an endorsement application to the province for review. If the province approves the application, they will send the applicant/candidate an endorsement letter. This letter must be included with the immigration application.

Nova Scotia AIPP employer requirements

Employers in Nova Scotia looking to fill persistent labour gaps through the AIPP must first be approved for eligibility by being designated and then endorsed by the province.

To become designated, an employer must:

  • Have a business operating in good standing;
  • Provide information on labour needs; and
  • Commit to working with a service provider organization on settlement and retention

To become endorsed, an employer must:

  • Demonstrate efforts to hire locally have not been successful;
  • Recruit a foreign worker;
  • Provide a valid, full-time, non-seasonal job offer co-signed with the foreign worker; and
  • Provide an individualized settlement plan co-signed with the foreign worker.

Employers must also work with a settlement service provider in the province. See below for a list of currently available providers.

New Brunswick AIPP employer requirements

 Employers in New Brunswick interested in participating in the AIPP must meet the following designation criteria:

  • The employer wants to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates;
  • The employer and their business are well-established and in good standing; and
  • The employer is committed to meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members.

Prince Edward Island AIPP employer requirements

Employers in PEI interested in participating in the AIPP must meet the following designation criteria.

The employer must:

  • Want to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates;
  • Be in good standing with provincial and federal standards and legislation;
  • Demonstrate preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and agree to do so; and
  • Understand and agree to the reporting requirements for the program.

The Employer Designation Application Form must be completed before you can apply for endorsement of a foreign national under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. Designated employers are eligible to apply for endorsement of a foreign national they wish to hire.

Newfoundland and Labrador AIPP employer requirements

Designation is the first step for employers in Newfoundland and Labrador interested in participating in the AIPP. The designation process is designed to confirm that:

  • The AIPP is the immigration program best suited to address the employer’s needs;
  • The employer wants to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates;
  • The employer and their business is established and in good standing as per the program guidelines;
  • The employer has demonstrated their preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and has agreed to do so; and,
  • The employer understands and agrees to the reporting requirements for the program.

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