Immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates. It is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the 4 Atlantic Provinces:
Newfoundland & Labrador
Prince Edward Island
This is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally. Initially a three-year pilot program, AIP has been extended until at least December 2021.
To immigrate to Atlantic Canada through the pilot:
- You must be a recent graduate of a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada or a skilled worker who meets the program requirements;
- You can be living abroad or already be in Canada temporarily;
- You must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the pilot.
Pilot eligibility requirements
Employers can hire you through 1 of 3 programs in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. You may qualify for more than 1 program, but you can only apply through 1. Every sub-category of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has their own set of requirements and eligibility criteria
|Atlantic High-skilled Program||Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program||Atlantic International Graduate Program|
|Candidate needs to:||Candidate needs to:||Candidate needs to:|
|Work in management, professional or technical/skilled job for at least a year for a permanent position under NOC skill Level O, A, or B;||Have worked in a job that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training for at least a year for a permanent position under NOC skill Level O, A, B or C;||Have a degree, diploma or other credentials from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province;|
|Have at least a Canadian High School diploma or equivalent education;||Have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education;||Have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting the degree, diploma or credential;|
|Show language proficiency in either French or English language; and||Show their language proficiency in either French or English language; and||Need to take a language testing examination to show their language proficiency in English or French;|
|Show they will be able to support themselves and any accompanying family member when moving to Canada.||Show they will be able to support themselves and any accompanying family member when moving to Canada.||Show they will be able to support themselves financially and any accompanying family member when moving to Canada.|
If you studied outside Canada, you need an Educational Credential Assessment report. This shows how your education compares to a Canadian one. It’s easier to get this document while still in your home country.
This is a very easy criterion. Anybody who knows English will be able to get it. For TEF as well CLB 4 is required.
Note: You must do the test even if you studied in Canada
- Proof of funds:
|Number of Family Members (including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)||Funds Required(in Canadian Dollars)|
Get a job offer
Usually, in order to obtain a Canadian job, offer valid for immigration purposes, the applicant must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is not required for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. Instead, the job offer must be from a designated employer. It is the most important component of the AIPP Program. Job-offered does not need to be in same field as any other previous job candidate had.
Another main requirement is a settlement plan. After you get a job offer from a designated employer, you and any family members who are aged 18 years and over and who will be living with you in Canada need get a settlement Plan.
The Plan will:
Note: These plans are free. Candidate will work with a settlement service provider organization to help strategize the plan. Once the settlement plan is created, candidate needs to provide a copy of it to their designated employer.
After getting the settlement plan, province have to endorse the job offer. This will be taken care by the employer. Candidates do not need to submit their application for permanent residency before being getting endorsed. Once the province endorses candidate job-offer, Candidate will get a Certificate of Endorsement.