AIPP Canada

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for Canada

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) or simply Atlantic Immigration is an employer-driven program launched in 2017 as an initiative between the Canadian federal government and the Atlantic provinces, namely Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Newfoundland and Labrador. AIPP is a fast-track immigration program where employers in Canada are provided with an option to employ foreign nations to work in one of the above provinces. Since the launch in 2017, AIPP has helped individuals and employers very much. A total of 1896 employers in the four provinces of Canada made 3729 job offers through this fast-track program for skilled foreign nationals. Several changes were made to AIPP, including the extension by two years & relaxing some of the eligibility requirements. Individuals with a job offer & living either in Canada or outside Canada are eligible to apply in this program.

AIPP allows local employers to identify, recruit, and retain skilled foreign talent. With this program, the government welcomes newcomers to the Atlantic region to fill the labour gaps and also the economy. The program comes with specific goals like supporting population growth, developing a skilled workforce and a rise in employment options in the four provinces. AIPP is also focused on the below five priority areas:

  • 1. Infrastructure
  • 2. Trade cum investment
  • 3. Good Climatic conditions
  • 4. Innovation and creativity
  • 5. Skilled workforce and immigration of foreign nationals.


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program works on a first-come, first-served basis and is subdivided into three programs based on the qualification and other requirements. Each of the sub-program has a different set of eligibility criteria.

1. Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP):

Following are the requirements for AHSP

  • At least one year of work experience within the last three years in either of three skill levels of National Occupational Classification (NOC). Skill 0 (management jobs), skill A (professional jobs) or skill B (technical jobs and skilled trades)
  • Should have performed the actions and the primary duties of the NOC.
  • Work experience should be from a paid source (voluntary, unpaid or internships aren’t eligible)
  • Should have worked overseas or in Canada.
  • Must possess a high-school diploma, a degree that is equivalent to the Canadian education level.
  • Must have a level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in either English or French for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

2. Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program (AISP)

Following are the requirements for AISP

  • Must have worked for at least 1560 hours in the last three years.
  • Hours from part-time and full-time jobs are counted, but they must be in one occupation and can be from different employers.
  • Must have paid work experience during these hours.
  • Self-employed work hours aren’t counted.
  • Work hours can be inside or outside of Canada.
  • Must have worked in at least NOC skill level C type of job, which usually requires high school education.
  • Must possess a high-school diploma, a degree that is equivalent to the Canadian education level.
  • Must have a level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in either English or French for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

3. Atlantic Internation Graduate Program (AIGP)

  • Have lived in any of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in two years before completing a degree or diploma.
  • Same educational and language test requirements as the above two programs.
  • Proof of money to support the family.

There are several requirements for employers to provide a job offer. Before the employer decides to make a job offer or hire an eligible candidate, the employer must be designated by that particular provincial government of the Atlantic province. Only if your company is designated, you will be able to extend the job offers. To be designated, the following requirements are needed:

  1. The organization should be in a good standing position.
  2. It should have been operating in the Atlantic province region for at least two years.
  3. Should have to work in tandem with a settlement service provider to help the individuals get settlement services.

After designation, employers will be eligible to find the candidates and provide the job offer. The candidate needs to accept the job, go through the designated settlement provider organization for a settlement plan. To possess the work permit, a candidate will need to have:

  1. A valid job offer from a designated employer
  2. A letter from the particular province and
  3. Should be able to apply for permanent residence with 90 days from the temporary work permit application.

The processing time for the application is around six months and will be charged $1040 as application fees.


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