The AIPP program aims to attract and retain skilled skilled workers and international graduates to fulfill the unique workforce needs of the Atlantic provinces, which consists of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot program is a pathway for these skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to settle down in one of Canada’s Atlantic provinces and obtain permanent resident status.
As such, this is an employer-driven program who were unable to fill the required positions locally and wish to hire qualified foreign workers.
Interested applicants must either be a recent graduate of one of the Atlantic province’s educational institutes or a skilled worker who meets the program requirements. They can be living in Canada temporarily or be living abroad, but must have a job offer from an employer to apply under this program. The employer does not need to undergo the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) process to offer the candidate a job.
There are 3 programs in this pilot from which employers can hire you through. While you may qualify for multiple, you may only apply through one.
- Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
- Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
- Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Refer to the table below for the requirements:
|Requirements||International Graduate (AIGP)||High Skilled (AHSP)||Intermediate Skilled (AISP)|
Proof of Funds
Applicants must also prove they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their family after arriving in Canada, unless the applicant is working in Canada under a valid work permit.
The amount required is dependent on the size of the applicant’s family. These amounts are updated every year. Refer to the chart below to determine the amount of funds required:
|Number of Family Members (including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)||Funds Required (in Canadian dollars)|
|7 or more||$8,575|
Funds can be in the form of cash, bonds, stocks, banker’s drafts, cheques, money orders.