The four Atlantic provinces of Canada are New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. We like to boast of ourselves as ‘not the West Coast, but the BEST Coast!’
In summary, this brand-new Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program will allow “designated” employers to hire foreign workers who are already inside Canada and support them in their permanent residence application. There is also an option to offer employment to workers outside Canada and bring them in on an LMIA-exempt work permit while their permanent residence is processing.
To become a “designated” employer, there will be a process of registration with the provincial immigration office, although further details are not yet available. What we do know is that the employer must meet certain requirements to demonstrate their business’ capacity to support full-time, non-seasonal employment while maintaining employment standards.
There will also be a requirement to seek “endorsement” from the Provincial government representatives to hire the workers who are identified as candidates for employment and permanent residence. For 2017, there will be 2000 applications received between all four provinces. The AIPP will run for three years, although the rules may change at any time, since it is a Pilot.
Candidates for permanent residence will do a Needs Assessment with a local settlement agency, to ensure there is adequate support for the principal applicant and their accompanying family members.
Some of the differences between the AIPP and the Express Entry programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades) are that lower-skilled (NOC C) positions are accepted, the language requirement is lower, and international graduates are not required to have previous work experience to be eligible to apply.
The AIPP has three sub-categories:
- Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
- Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
- Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Please see the requirements here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/atlantic/eligibility.asp
This program opens in March 2017. More news will be posted here as updates become available!
If you are currently working in one of the Atlantic provinces and wish to apply for permanent residence, or have a job offer, the AIPP could be the best opportunity for you to become a permanent resident of Canada.
If you are an employer, and wish to become a part of the AIPP, we can guide you through the employer process as well.
Reach out to Stanley Immigration Consulting with your questions on the AIPP!