In July 2016, the Government of Canada announced the decision to create an innovative immigration program as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) is a suite of three federal programs established by Ministerial Instructions that came into effect on March 6, 2017.
The goal of this three-year Pilot is to:
Attract and retain skilled immigrants in Atlantic Canada;
Create strong partnerships between federal and provincial governments, employers and settlement agencies;
Support the Atlantic Growth Strategy goals of driving economic growth and enhancing the region’s capacity to develop and retain a skilled labour force;
Address persistent and emerging labour market needs;
Make Atlantic Canada a destination of choice for immigrants; and
Complement the wider suite of immigration programs available in Atlantic Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) encourages applications for permanent residence from people with abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program allows Atlantic provincial governments to choose immigrants according to the economic needs of the province where there are labour gaps.
THREE STREAMS OF APPLICATIONS:
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
Atlantic International Graduate Program
EMPLOYERS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PILOT MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING DESIGNATION CRITERIA:
Employer is looking to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates (from either inside or outside of Canada);
Employer’s business is well-established and in good standing; and
Employer is committed to meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members.
BENEFITS OF THE AIP:
Process is employer-driven;
Targeting to welcome 2000 permanent residents to Atlantic Canada in 2018;
Priority processing at the federal level (less than six months);
Employers do not need to complete a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which would normally be required before hiring foreign workers through other programs;
Temporary pathway to allow candidate to work while permanent residence application is processed;
Flexibility to focus on labour needs in each region (highly skilled, intermediate skilled and international graduates); and
Focused on retention through enhanced role for employer and support from settlement services for integration of newcomer to the community and workplace.