CANADA– ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM (AIPP) - Nysa Global

CANADA– ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM (AIPP)

What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a fast-track, employer-driven immigration program that facilitates Canadian employers (in the four Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador), to hire foreign workers for jobs they were not able to fill locally.Introduced in 2017, this three-year pilot program aims to welcome more than 7,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic Canada region by 2021.

Through this program, the designated local employers can identify, recruit and retain global talent. The AIPP is a part of the overall Atlantic Growth Strategy and is focused on these priority areas:

  • Immigration and skilled workforce
  • Infrastructure
  • Clean growth and climate change
  • Innovation
  • Trade and investment

How the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Works

  • Process
  • The Role of the Employers
  • Candidate Requirements

To arrive in Canada under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, you need two things:

  • A job offer from a designated employer
  • An individualised settlement plan for yourself and your family

So, here is how it happens:

  • Once a designated employer finds you a fit candidate, they will make a job offer. If hiring under AIPP, the employer need not secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • Once you accept the job offer, your employer will connect you with a designated settlement service provider organisation to develop a settlement plan and conduct a needs assessment
  • Your employer will support the long-term integration of you and your family so that you can reach your settlement goals in Canada

If the job vacancy needs to be filled quickly, the employer will need a temporary work permit so that you and your family can come to Canada as soon as possible. To obtain this work permit, you will need:

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

Employers wanting to hire skilled immigrants under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program need to:

  • Apply to the specific province(s) to receive the designation
  • Apply for a separate designation for each province if they have locations in multiple provinces
  • Meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the immigrant and their family as they begin their new life in Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two programs for skilled workers: Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) and Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP), and one program for international student graduates: Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP).

Let’s review the candidate requirements for each of these programs.

1.Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

  • A full time, indeterminate, NOC 0, A, B or C job offer from designated employer
  • One year in an occupation related to the job offer
  • Completion of at least high school - Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential required
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French
  • Letter of provincial endorsement

2. Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program (AISP)

  • A full time, one-year contract, NOC 0, A or B job offer from a designated employer
  • One year in an occupation related to the job offer
  • Completion of at least high school - Required Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential
  • CLB 4 in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French
  • Letter of provincial endorsement

3. Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

  • A full time, one-year contract, NOC 0, A, B or C job offer from a designated employer
  • Two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region, earned within 12 months before applying for permanent residence
  • CLB 4 in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French
  • Letter of provincial endorsement

Navigating through the AIPP program can be confusing. Let Canadian immigration experts at Nysa Global simply it for you.

Alternate Ways to Immigrate to Atlantic Canada - Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

The Atlantic provinces are active in immigration through the PNPs. Since 2015, each Atlantic province has at least one PNP stream aligned with the Federal Express Entry system. Candidates in the Express Entry pool, who are eligible to immigrate through one of these streams can submit their immigration application to the given province.

The Atlantic PNP options are:

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

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