The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a recently introduced initiative by the Canadian federal government aimed at bolstering immigration levels in Canada’s Atlantic provinces.

The Atlantic or Maritime provinces, consisting of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island (PEI), have committed to welcoming 7,000 new immigrants along with their families over three years, starting from 2018, as part of the government’s long-term plan announced on November 1, 2017.

The program is a key component of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which focuses on enhancing employment, creating and sustaining a diverse global workforce, and fostering population growth in the region. The strategy identifies five action areas:

– Skilled workforce/Immigration
– Innovation
– Trade and Investment
– Clean growth and climate change
– Infrastructure Governance

Explaining the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP):

This employer-driven program places employers in the Atlantic provinces at the forefront. Successful primary applicants must have a job offer from a designated employer in an Atlantic province, along with a settlement plan for themselves and their families, if applicable. Notably, employers are not required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Once a job offer is extended and accepted, the employer connects the candidate with a settlement service provider organization, which assists in preparing a settlement plan outlining the candidate’s integration into the province after arrival.

If an employer wishes to expedite the hiring process, a temporary work permit may be issued to the candidate and their family to facilitate their arrival in Canada. However, to obtain the work permit, the candidate must have a valid job offer, a supporting letter from the province, and a commitment to apply for Canadian permanent residency within 90 days of the work permit application.

Employer Designation is a crucial aspect of the program. Not all employers in the Atlantic provinces are exempt from the LMIA requirement. To become a designated employer, an employer must apply for designation from their respective province. If an employer operates in multiple locations within Atlantic Canada, they must apply for designation from each province.

Available Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs:

1. Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP): Targets workers and professionals with experience in managerial, professional, and technical occupations.

2. Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP): Targets workers and professionals with experience in managerial, professional, technical, and intermediate occupations.

3. Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP): Assists international students in Canada in obtaining Canadian permanent residency without requiring work experience. Candidates must have a job offer from a designated employer in one of the Atlantic provinces.

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