The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was lauched in March 2017 as a Pilot Program that closed as of December 31, 2021, and based on the great success of the AIPP,  a new permanent Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) has now been launched instead effective from 1st January, 2022,The Atlantic Immigration Program is a pathway to permanent residence of Canada leading to eligibility to apply for Canadian Citizenship for skilled foreign workers from worldwide and international graduates from a Canadian institution who want to work and live in one of the Atlantic provinces party to the program :


Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador,

Prince Edward Island,


What is the AIP and why is it considered a success? :

While this is a problem throughout the country, the Atlantic Canada has more aging populations with large number of workers retiring as compared to those new immigrants coming in the region, this has opened doors to new immigrants with great opportunities to come with job offer and settle down at their new home smoothly.

There are three categories within the program:
  • The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP), targeting candidates with a qualifying job offer for a one-year contract for full-time employment in a position at level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP), targeting candidates with a qualifying job offer of indeterminate duration for full-time employment in a position at level 0, A, B, or C of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and
  • the Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP), targeting international graduates of post-secondary study programs of at least two years’ duration, undertaken at a publicly-funded institution in the Atlantic region. Such graduates are also required to have a qualifying job offer.
with the program’s unique criteria and speedy processing times. Following are some of the highlights of the  Atlantic Immigration Program :
  • No Points System,  No LMIA
  • Program operates on first come first serve basis,  it was initially to end December 2021 but due to its success,  the government has committed to making it a permanent program, it will now continue to be a flagship regional economic immigration program.
  • English Language Proficiency  requirement is much lesser than other programs\
  • No need to bring too much of money for initial settlement, as compared to other Canadian Immigration programs
  • Job does not need to be in the same occupation as past jobs
  • All accompanying family members will be permanent residents of Canada from day one, subject to applicable conditions (if any).
  • After cumulative stay of three years whole family (where applicable, both spouses and children) will become eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship, if meet the other requirements as per the rules at that point of time
  • The Employers will also support the long term integration of the new immigrant and his/her family

How does it work :

This is an Employer-driven program, with significant involvement from the designated employers in the Atlantic provinces party to the program.

Once the designated employer finds a suitable candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will first need to offer a job to the candidate. For this program the employers do not need to go through the process of obtaining a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) but instead to get the Provincial Endorsement. If the candidate accepts the job offer, the employer will then connect the candidate with a designated Settlement Service provider organization for a needs assessments and developing a settlement plan.

CanEmp Canada plays an important role as bridge between the Candidates, Designated Employers and other Settlement Service Providers Organizations

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