The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) will help address labour market challenges in the Atlantic Provinces by assisting employers in attracting and retaining skilled immigrants. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and  Newfoundland and Labrador are working closely with the Federal Government to ensure the successful development and delivery of the AIPP.

Starting in early March 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will begin accepting permanent resident applications targeting international students, intermediate-skilled workers and high-skilled workers. According to 2017 Immigration Plan Canada, this program will facilitate the entry of 2,000 principal immigrants into Atlantic Canada in 2017.

Who can apply – Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has two programs for skilled workers:

  • ► Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • ► Intermediate-Skilled Program

and one program for international student graduates:

  • ► Atlantic International Graduate Program

The work experience, education, and job offer you need will depend on whether you are applying as a worker or an international student graduate. The other requirements are the same for both.

Work experience


You must have worked at least one year (1,560 hours total or 30 hours per week) within the last three years. It can be full-time, non-continuous, or part-time, as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours.

The work must be:

Workers apply as either high-skilled workers or intermediate-skilled workers. High-skilled workers need their one year of work experience to be at skill type/level 0, A, or B. Intermediate-skilled workers need their one year of work experience to be at the skill level C. If you are eligible to apply for both, apply as a high-skilled worker.


Workers – You must have:

  • ► Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree,
  • ► a foreign degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship education credential. You need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report to make sure it is valid and equal to a Canadian credential.
    The report must show your education is equal to a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree. Your ECA must be less than five years old when you apply.

International graduates – You must have:

  • ► a minimum 2 year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province
  • ► been a full-time student in Canada for at least two years
  • ► graduated in the last 12 months when you apply
  • ► lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in the last 2 years before you graduated
  • ► had the visa or permit needed to work, study or train in Canada

Your study or training program cannot be:

  • ► English or French second language courses for more than half of the program, or
  • ► distance learning undertaken for more than half the length of the program.

Job offer

You must have a job offer that is:

  • ► from a designated employer in an Atlantic province (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island)
  • ► non-seasonal
  • ► reviewed by the province (details on the endorsement process will be available in early March 2017)

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) and duration of the job offer depends on your application.

Job offers for high-skilled workers must:

  • ► be skill type/level 0, A, or B
  • ► last at least one year

Job offers for intermediate-skilled workers must:

  • ► be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C
  • ► be indeterminate (permanent)

Job offers for international graduates must:

  • ► be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C
  • ► last at least one year

Your job offer does not need to be in the same occupation as your past work experience. However, you need to meet employment requirements for the job you are offered. The requirements are listed in the NOC.

The employer does not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Contact the provinces to learn which employers are hiring with this program:


You must:

  • ► have at least a level four (4) in the Canadian Language Benchmarks in English or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens in French, and
  • take an approved IELTS language test that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Your results must be less than two years old when you apply.

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