In 2016, the Federal Government of Canada established the Atlantic immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) with the sole aim of attracting skilled workers and their families to Atlantic Canada.
The program is designed to meet labour deficit or gaps in some Canadian Provinces such as Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program allows Atlantic employers hire foreign qualified candidates for vacant jobs that have not been filled locally.
As a candidate thinking of working in Canada, you must have a job offer and be living in Canada to be eligible to apply for AIPP.
If you and the employer fulfill the eligibility requirements, you will get permanent resident status to live and work in Canada.
The Pilot program will essentially concentrate on the following four categories:
- Skilled workforce and immigration
- Clean growth and climate change
- Trade and investment
A Step By Step Guide To Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
First and foremost, Interested candidates will find an employer who is designated by the Province where they will be working to offer them a job. In some cases, some employers actually source for recruits themselves.
The Employer in that Province who is interested in using the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) to offer full-time employment to a candidate will contact the Provincial Immigration Office to express interest and obtain permission to become a designated employer.
Employer will then connects their recruit with the appropriate settlement service provider organization. Candidate will meet the settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment service that will result in a settlement plan for themselves and their family.
The employer then fill out and completes the provincial endorsement application, stating the appropriate program based on the candidate’s work experience and including the job offer and settlement plan, and forward it to the province.
Candidate will then submit their application for permanent residence and sends it to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) including their endorsement letter and any other important documents.
IRCC will process the application – Applications is usually processed within six months or less in the majority of cases.
Approved candidate and their family can migrate to Atlantic Canada after approval by IRCC.
Alternatively, some other Canadian provinces offer opportunities for migrants to live and work in Canada. Interested immigrant aspirants should try the Saskatchewan immigrant nominee program, Alberta immigrant nominee program, Manitoba immigrant nominee program for more details.