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What is Canada’s Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

Canada has a diverse system of immigration with multiple programs and streams. Out of so many pathways, there are hidden gems that most of you aren’t even aware of. One of such pathway is called ‘Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program’.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs are streams of programs by Atlantic Provinces of Canada. These Atlantic Provinces are popular among immigrants due to their laidback lifestyle and stunning east coast. Nevertheless, these provinces have abundance of growth opportunities for foreign skilled individuals. People often consider the Atlantic Provinces as they get the same career growths with a living benefit of less population and more greenery. In these provinces, you can be a unique skill in achieving local labour shortage.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was introduced by Canada on March 6th 2017. It is fairly new program as compared to Canada’s Federal Program Express Entry (2015) and other Provincial Nomination Programs. AINPP is launched by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to aid foreign skilled applicants in settling successfully into the Atlantic Society. These skilled individuals are expected to contribute productively towards the development of Canadian economy.

The Atlantic program has been in association with the Federal Government of Canada. Currently, there are four provinces that are considered Atlantic province:  

  • The province of Nova Scotia
  • The province of New Brunswick
  • The province of Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • The province of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Atlantic program was aimed to get the inflow of skilled workers in the province as majority of immigrants seeks provinces like Ontario and Manitoba. Through this program, Canadian employers attract and retain skilled immigrants to the Atlantic Provinces. It helps them fill in important positions in private firms which were unable to fill with local talent available. This program is also exempted from applying for LMIA (labour market impact assessment) for Jobs.

Types of Atlantic Immigration programs:

There are three streams under Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. Each of these streams has its own set of eligibility requirements that has to be met with by the applicant willing to settle in any of the Atlantic province. The common grounds of selection for AINP are:

  • Having the required level of ability to communicate in English or French language.
  • Sufficient funds to sustain themselves and their family members in the Atlantic regions of Canada.
  • Have a Job opportunity in hand.

The three programs of AINP which are currently running are:

Atlantic High Skilled Program

This stream of Atlantic program is for skilled workers with experience in:

  • Management
  • Professional
  • Technical skilled jobs

Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program

This stream of Atlantic program is for skilled workers having a skilled experience in profiles that entail a high school education and job-specific training. This specified experience must be in:

  • management,
  • professional
  • technical/skilled job needing a high school education
  • job needing detailed training in profession

Atlantic International Graduate Program

This stream of Atlantic program is for applicants having a particular educational degree or diploma or other form of qualification earned from a publicly funded institution in any Atlantic province. There is no requirement of work experience as this a graduate program. Here the ley is the education earned which must be in following areas:

  • management
  • professional
  • technical/skilled
  • jobs involving a high school education
  • jobs involving educational training


Atlantic Immigration Program process:

The process involved in applying for AINP is moderately different from immigration process of other programs and pathways offered by Canada. The regular procedure of immigration involves an applicant applying for a selected program after being eligible for it and then being chosen through draws. On the other hand, to apply for Atlantic programs, the employers holding businesses or governments and even non-profit organizations apply to the respective Atlantic province to become a designated employer to propose job opportunities to foreign skilled workers and international graduates from across the globe.

Atlantic Immigration program is for all applicants willing to settle and work in Atlantic provinces plus having their Job profiles listed in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, B or C.

Though, each Atlantic province has its own set of employer designation process of nomination or selection, the general process is as follows:


  • To become a designated employer, the concerned owner of the firm must contact the Provincial Immigration Office of the desired Atlantic Provinces to express interest in inviting candidates from outside of Canada.
  • The employer must also agree to become settlement service provider of the applicant inside the province in order to lend a hand to newcomers willing to settle in Canada.
  • After this, the employer must check the status of their application made. If they are successful in their application, the Atlantic Province will give the right to them to be designated employer for inviting skilled candidates.
  • After becoming a designated employer, the firm can carry the search for a recruit that meets the eligibility for any specific Atlantic stream of program.


  • After getting a good recruit, the employer can connect with the concerned person as a participating settlement service provider organization.
  • The next step is completing the Endorsement application for each applicant shortlisted for recruit.
  • Finalise the settlement plan for every candidate along with each accompanying family member of the applicant.
  • Submit the complete application package to the Atlantic province for re-examination to confirm if they are fit for the province as well as the applicant. After properly accessing, the province will send the candidate an endorsement letter.

Immigration Application

  • Post receiving the endorsement letter from the employer, the candidate now has to complete the immigration process as laid down by IRCC. The processing time for the application is about six months.
  • If the candidate’s application is accepted and approved, he/she can come to Canada along with their family members (optional). The applicant post his/her arrival, it is the sole responsibility of employer to take care within professional capacity.

We can conclude that Canada’s Atlantic Program is different than rest of the immigration programs mainly because of the involvement of the employer. If this program interest you or you think it is the right pathway for you to immigrate then contact us without any delay!

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