Do you want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada? The Atlantic provinces of Canada include New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was introduced in 2017 to encourage the immigration of foreign skilled workers, intermediate level workers and international graduates to the Atlantic provinces of Canada for permanent residency.
All immigration programs offered under the AIPP require a valid job offer from a designated employer based in the province that you choose to reside in.
What are the Different Immigration Programs Offered Under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)?
All immigration programs under the AIPP are employer-driven. Therefore, you require a valid job offer from a designated employer to be eligible. You can apply for 3 different immigration programs under this pilot.
The AIPP does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process to qualify.
Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP): The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) offers an immigration pathway for foreign skilled workers who wish to immigrate to the Atlantic provinces of Canada.
You require a valid job offer from a designated employer in the province to qualify for the program.
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP): The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) facilitates the economic immigration of semi-skilled workers and high school graduates to fill the labor market gaps in the province.
Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP): The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) is for international graduates who wish to immigrate to the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Applicants for the AIGP do not require work experience to qualify for the program.
Who Are Designated Employers?
To be eligible for these programs, applicants require a valid job offer from a designated employer. Employers need to meet a few general requirements to be designated in their province:
- Provide labour market information
- Be operational for at least 2 years in the Atlantic provinces
- Provide settlement services to your employee
Employers must work with a settlement service provider organization in their province to help their employees adapt.
The designation process and settlement service provider organization varies for different provinces.
What are the Requirements for Designated Employers in Nova Scotia?
To become a designated employer in Nova Scotia, you must be:
- Operating a business in good standing
- Communicate labor needs
- Work with a service provider organization on settlement and retention
An endorsed employer is someone who is endorsing a foreign temporary worker under the AIPP.
Additionally, to become an endorsed employer, you must demonstrate that you tried to recruit someone locally and were unsuccessful.
You must successfully hire a foreign temporary worker on a full-time, non-seasonal job.