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1. What is Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a fast-track immigration program that allows employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island — to hire foreign nationals for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

Introduced in 2017, the federal government and its provincial government partners aim to welcome more than 7,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic Canada region by 2021 through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.


2.How to apply for AIPP?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an employer-driven program that facilitates the hiring of foreign workers. All principal applicants arriving in Canada under the pilot program must have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their family.

Once a designated employer finds a candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will need to first offer them a job. Employers do not need to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.

Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and to develop a settlement plan. Employers will also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and his or her family, if applicable, so they can reach the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.

Employers that need to fill a job vacancy quickly will have access to a temporary work permit, so that the candidate and his or her family can come to Canada as soon as possible. In order to obtain this work permit, candidates will need:

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

Employer designation

Employers that would like to hire skilled immigrants under the pilot program must apply to the province(s) in order to receive designation. Employers with locations in multiple provinces will require a separate designation for each province. Employers must meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and his or her family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.

3. What are the criterion for AIPP?

and one program for international student graduates: The work experience, education, and job offer required will depend on whether the individual is applying as a worker or as an international student graduate. The other requirements are the same for both. See the table below for a review of the requirements.
  Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Education Canadian high school or post-secondary educational credential or equivalent foreign credential (ECA verified within last 5 years)
  • Attended a recognized, publicly funded Atlantic Institution as a full-time student for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Obtained 2 year post-secondary credential within 24 months prior to the application
  • Lived in Atlantic province for 16 to 24 months before graduation
  • ESL/FSL/Distance learning could not have been over 50% of the program
  • Not to have a scholarship which requires a return to home country
Language CLB4
Work Experience NOC C or as a nurse (NOC 3012/3233) NOC 0/A/B N/A
  • Minimum of one year(1560 hours total / 30 hours per week), paid, non-continuous, full-time or an equal amount in part-time, within the last three years
  • Work experience obtained during studies counts as long as the work hours did not exceed 20 hours per week during school and 40 hours per week during school breaks
LICO 12.5% of LICO must be demonstrated and intent+ability to reside in the province (not needed if currently working in Canada with a valid work permit)
Job offer from a designated employer Non-seasonal and from a designated employer in an Atlantic province (NB/NFL/NS/PEI)
Full time NOC 0/A/B/C NOC 3413/4412 for nursing experience Full time One-year contract NOC 0, A or B Full time One-year contract NOC 0, A, B or C
  • Designated by their PNP official in order to have the job offer endorsed by the province
  • Prove that they have attempted to hire locally, though an LMIA is not needed
  • Establish a partnership with an immigrant service provider organization
  • Provide ongoing reports of staff hired through AIPP, including position, wages, hours, settlement support provided
  • Provincial endorsement letter is sent directly from province to candidate and is valid for 6 months. CIO Sydney receives a copy automatically and letter is included in paper-based PR application
Work Permit (optional)
  • 1-year LMIA exempt employer-specific work permit
  • Have a job offer and a referral letter issued by one of the Atlantic provinces
  • Submit a PR application within 90 days from the Work Permit application
  • Proof of language, education and work experience according to the AIPP stream applying under

4. Other ways to immigrate to Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic provinces have already been active in immigration over recent years, principally through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, the provinces have been able to welcome a wide range of skilled workers, graduates who have studied in Canada, and business immigrants such as entrepreneurs.

Since 2015, each Atlantic province has created at least one PNP stream aligned with the federal Express Entry system, allowing candidates in the Express Entry pool who are also eligible to immigrate through one of these streams to submit an application to immigrate to the given province.

Currently, the Atlantic PNP options include:

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


As long as you are an undergraduate or higher, have completed 2 years of study, and have lived in any Atlantic province for more than 16 months, you may choose Atlantic International Graduate Program. You also need a job offer for a one year full time job.

If you have a job offer in NOC 0/A/B/C, and had at least one year of experience anywhere in the world, also had a high school diploma. You may apply under Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) or Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP).