Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 2020

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is an accelerated scheme that sanctions experienced and capable workers migrate permanently in Canada’s in four Atlantic Provinces viz. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island. This program was launched in 2017 keeping in mind to open doors for 7,000 immigrants to the Atlantic region of Canada by 2020.

Note: Seeing the momentum of the AIPP, the government of Canada has decided to extend the program to December 2021

Canada’s Atlantic region is comprised of the provinces:

  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island

These provinces, in association with, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is able to bridge the gap of the economy in the local labor market. The authorities of these Provinces invite capable and experienced candidates by unfurling before them career opportunities which obviously an aspirant cannot resist.

Under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) there are three sub-categories that permit skilled immigrants and scholars to apply for permanent residence in these provinces:

  • Atlantic High-skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

AIPP conceptualizes on the fact that it is an employer-driven immigration program that empowers the provinces to hire a skilled and eligible job seeker. Though there is a condition for the candidates to apply under this program. Firstly, they are required to submit placement appointment letter from an eligible employer along with numbers of accompanying family members.

Secondly, the migrant is requested to submit a settlement plan. Once the candidate receives the job-offer from an authorized company, he and his accompanying family members have to be prepared with settlement plan. This plan will help the candidate to dwell comfortably in the province. For its procurement, the candidate is advised to seek help from a settlement service provider organization to help accomplish the accommodation plan. Once this plan of action is done, the candidate is required to provide a copy of it to their designated employees.

Then Province will validate your job offer which is done by the employer. Candidates are not required to submit their application for permanent residency before countersign. Once the province endorses candidate’s appointment letter, after then he will receive a Certificate of Endorsement.


Every sub-category of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has their own set of requirements and eligibility criteria.

Atlantic High-skilled Program:

To be able to apply under this program candidate needs to-

  • Worked in management, professional or technical/skilled job for at least a year.
  • Have at least a Canadian High School diploma or equivalent education.
  • Show language proficiency in either French or English language.
  • Show they will be able to support themselves and any accompanying family member when moving to Canada.

Employers also need to meet some requirements under this program.

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program:

To apply under this program candidate needs to-

  • Have worked in a job that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training for at least a year.
  • Have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education.
  • Show their language proficiency in either French or English language.
  • Show they will be able to support themselves and any accompanying family member when moving to Canada.

Employers who offer a job-offer to the candidate also need to fulfill some requirements.

Atlantic International Graduate Program:

For candidates to be able to apply under this program, they must:

  • Has a degree, diploma or other credentials from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province.
  • Have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting the degree, diploma or credential
  • Need to take a language testing, examination to show their language proficiency in English or French.
  • Show they will be able to support themselves financially and any accompanying family member when moving to Canada.

The organization that is looking for eligible and skilled immigrants through this program, they are requested to get authorization initially from the specific Province. Different Provinces have their own particular and specific designations, which has to be acknowledged by the Employer. The employer has to promise to support the migrant followed by his family members as a security.


Candidates have to present their credentials along with the application when for applying for PR. All these documents have to ready before hand prior to job offer. In such a fashion, it will accelerate the probability of the process of application:

  • Language: Candidates need to take a language test so that they will be able to show their language proficiency. Candidate must provide with the same documents with their application.
  • Education: Candidates, who have studied outside of Canada, need to get their education accessed via Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. Getting ECA, shows that the candidate’s education is equal to the Canadian educational system.
  • Proof of Funds: Candidates need to support themselves and family members financially when moving to Canada. For this they need to show proof of funds.

Apart from Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), another channel for migration is through Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Via these schemes the candidates are nominated as skilled and capable immigrants (like skilled workers, graduates and entrepreneurs) for permanent residency in the province.

Since 2015, every provincial nomination program is associated with express entry stream which permits the aspirants to use this channel for application. Atlantic PNP includes:

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


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