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Canada is Expanding Its Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Canada is extending its Atlantic Immigration Pilot until December 2021 in a commitment to maintain program’s pace, according to the federal government.

Introduced in 2017 for an initial three-year program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) was meant to solve a problem of workforce shortage in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Under the pilot, qualified employers in those provinces can offer jobs to eligible foreign skilled workers and international graduates of universities and colleges in the Atlantic Canada region.

1,896 employers in the Atlantic Canada region have created 3,729 job offers via the AIP since its start in 2017, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In addition, 2,535 selected applicants and their families have been approved for permanent residence.

Demand was so high last year that the IRCC had to raise its annual quota of applications by 500 new places.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot plays a vital role in the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a joint federal and provincial effort tasked to boost economic development in the Atlantic Canada region.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, noted the initiative “will give the Government of Canada and the Atlantic Provinces more time to experiment with different approaches and to assess the program’s medium and long-term impacts on the region.”


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“Since 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot has been very successful in attracting skilled immigrants to the Atlantic Canada region,” Hussen said. “IRCC and the Atlantic provinces have worked very hard and will continue to do so to ensure the pilot can address the unique labor and demographic challenges of the region.”

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has been amended

  • International graduates will now have 24 months of post-graduation to apply for the AIP.
  • IRCC said that due to these changes, more eligible international graduates will have a chance to apply for the AIP.
  • Employers in the health-care sector will be allowed to employ nurses trained outside of Canada. Selected candidates will work as continuing care and home care support workers in order to fill gaps in job positions.
  • New authorities will be in charge of the AIP to make sure the pilot keeps up with an in-demand labor market needs. This change assumes better control of the pilot and offers provinces greater venues to manage designated employers.
  • Beginning May 1, 2019, IRCC will evaluate the applicants’ language, education, and work experience requirements for the AIP before they are approved for a work permit.

The good thing is that the AIP employers are not required to obtain a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for jobs listed under the pilot program.

To qualify, foreign workers should have a full-time job offer from an eligible employer under the pilot and at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) paid work experience in an occupation listed Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

To find out more about the pilot, contact Solid Visa.

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