Atlantic Pilot Program (AIP)

1 Program Overview:

The Atlantic Pilot Program is a federal immigration pilot program created to address labour shortages in the provinces of Nova Scotia (NS), New Brunswick (NB), Prince Edward Island (PE) and Newfoundland and Labrador (NF).

 

AIP was launched in 2017 for a 3-year run and has been extended to December 2021. AIS is designed to help eligible designated employers to hire qualified foreign skilled workers and international graduates of universities and colleges in the Atlantic Canada region.

 

2 Benefits and Advantages of the Program

  • Designated employers do not have to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for jobs endorsed under the pilot program
  • Spouses and common-law partners of AIP participants in NOC 0, A, B, C positions may all apply for an LMIP-exempt open work permit (as of June 1, 2019).
  • Minimum language requirement is only CLB 4
  • Work experience is not required for international graduates hired through the AIP

 

3 AIP Programs:

AIP has 3 programs:

    • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
    • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
    • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

 

4 AIP General Requirements:

Job Offer:  a full-time job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada.

Language: CLB 4 in all four language abilities in English or French

Proof of Funds: minimum 12.5% of LICO

Settlement Plan: need a settlement plan from a settlement service provide organization in the Atlantic region

Endorsement Certificate:  need to get the job offer endorsed by the provinces and receive a certificate of endorsement for the permanent residence application

 

5 Application Process:

6 Related Expenses:

Government Fees:

Application fee: principal applicant: $1,040 (incl. $550 processing fee and $490 permanent residence fee); spouse or common-law partner: $1,040; dependent children: $150/per child.

Other third-party fees: medical exams, police certificates, language testing, notary, translation, delivery and postage, etc.

Aladdin Immigration professional service charges (excluding any government or third party charges)

7 Eligibility Requirements:

7.1  Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) Eligibility Requirements:

Education:

    • have at least a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly-funded institutionin an Atlantic province
    • have been a full-time student for the entire duration of the studies
    • graduated from this institution in the 24 months prior to the permanent resident application
    • lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting degree, diploma or educational credential
    • had the visa or permit needed to work, study or train in Canada
    • English or French second-language courses cannot be more than half of the program
    • distance learning cannot be more than half the length of the program
    • need ECA for education credentials from outside Canada

Language:

Minimum CLB 4 in all four language abilities.

Work Experience:

    • At least 1560 hours paid, full-time or equivalent in part-time Canadian or overseas work experience in an NOC 0, A, or B occupation within the last 3 years
    • The hours can be with different employers but must be in one occupation
    • Volunteering, unpaid internships, or self-employed work experience doesn't count
    • Work experience obtained during studies count but it cannot exceed 20 hours per week during school and 40 hour per week during school breaks

Job Offer:

    • Must have a full-time, non-seasonal, at least 1 year job offer in an NOC 0, A, B, or C occupation from an eligible designated employer in an Atlantic province
    • Applicants must prove that they meet the education, training and qualifications listed on the NOC.
    • The offer must be genuine,
    • A needs assessment has been completed
    • A settlement plan is in place for the applicant and family

Proof of Funds:

Applicants need to show enough fund (12.5% of LICO) to support the applicant and family in Canada.

Employer:

    • Must be in good standing
    • Must have been operating in the Atlantic region for at least 2 years
    • Must be designated by the PNP official
    • Prove that they have intention to hire locally although an LMIA is not needed
    • Establish a partnership with an immigration settlement service provider organization
    • Provide ongoing reports of staff hired through AIP

Work Permit:

Applicants need to have a 1-year LMIA employer-specific work permit

7.2  Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) Eligibility Requirements:

Education:

have at least a Canadian high school credential or equivalent foreign credential (ECA verified within last 5 years)

 

Language:

Minimum CLB 4 in all four language abilities.

 

Work Experience:

    • At least 1560 hours paid, full-time or equivalent in part-time Canadian or overseas work experience in an NOC 0, A, B, or C occupation within the last 3 years
    • The hours can be with different employers but must be in one occupation
    • Volunteering, unpaid internships, or self-employed work experience doesn't count
    • Work experience obtained during studies count but it cannot exceed 20 hours per week during school and 40 hour per week during school breaks

 

Job Offer:

    • Must have a full-time, non-seasonal, permanent job offer in an NOC 0, A, B, or C occupation from an eligible designated employer in an Atlantic province
    • The offer must be genuine
    • Applicants must meet the employment requirements for the job offered but it doesn't need to be in the same NOC as other jobs the had
    • A needs assessment has been completed
    • A settlement plan is in place for the applicant and family

 

Proof of Funds:

Applicants need to show enough funds (12.5% of LICO) to support the applicant and family in Canada.

 

Employer:

    • Must be in good standing
    • Must have been operating in the Atlantic region for at least 2 years
    • Must be designated by the PNP official
    • Prove that they have intention to hire locally although an LMIA is not needed
    • Establish a partnership with an immigration settlement service provider organization
    • Provide ongoing reports of staff hired through AIP

 

Work Permit:

Applicants need to have a 1-year LMIA employer-specific work permit

7.3  Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) Eligibility Requirements:

Education:

    • have at least a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly-funded institutionin an Atlantic province
    • have been a full-time student for the entire duration of the studies
    • graduated from this institution in the 24 months prior to the permanent resident application
    • have lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting degree, diploma or educational credential
    • had the visa or permit needed to work, study or train in Canada
    • English or French second-language courses cannot be more than half of the program
    • distance learning cannot be more than half the length of the program
    • cannot have a scholarship or fellowship requiring return to the home country after graduation
    • need ECA for education credentials from outside Canada

Language:

Minimum CLB 4 in all four language abilities.

Work Experience:

Work experience is not required for the AIGP.

Job Offer:

    • Must have a full-time, non-seasonal, at least 1 year job offer in an NOC 0, A, B, or C occupation from an eligible designated employer in an Atlantic province
    • Applicants must prove that they meet the education, training and qualifications listed on the NOC.
    • The offer must be genuine,
    • A needs assessment has been completed
    • A settlement plan is in place for the applicant and family

 

Proof of Funds:

Applicants need to show enough fund (12.5% of LICO) to support the applicant and family in Canada.