Atlantic Immigration Pilot Extended

February 17, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) which governs labour needs for the Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) in Canada has been extended for another two years. This allows the immigration systems to be assessed for their mid and long-term impacts as the provinces attempt to address growing labour market shortages across the country.

Now that the program is able to maintain its momentum, the provinces are helping to contribute to the goal of welcoming over a million immigrants into Canada within the next three years. This program also aids smaller communities by helping foreign workers immigrate to Canada where their crucial skills are needed most, as opposed to bigger centers that have been more popular with immigrants over the years.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was created to allow designated employers to hire foreign skilled workers and international graduates who studied in one of the Atlantic provinces. This has really made an impact, especially in smaller regions that are less likely to attract foreign workers in key occupations that fall under the skill type 0, A, or B under the National Occupation Classification (NOC). In order to be considered, foreign workers must have:
  • A full-time job offer;
  • 1 year of full-time job experience;
  • Evidence of a connection to the Atlantic provinces

Due to the high demand and success of the Manitoba Immigration program, there have been calls to add an additional 500 possible applicants to the quota given by the Canadian government for 2020.

Previous Trends

Trends since 2017 have shown that the program has already had 1, 896 employers participate, offering 3, 729 job offers to applicants in only a few years of running. A total of 2, 535 have been approved for permanent residence during this time. This means that plenty of families are happily settled in Manitoba, filling crucial vacancies in the local economy for recognized Canadian companies.

There have also been some innovations in the program that makes it easier for those that are about to apply for have already applied. Examples of this include giving international graduates 24 months after graduation to apply and giving employers in the healthcare sector the ability to hire internationally trained nurses as home carers and support workers. However, one of the main advantages of the program is that designated employers do not have to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment if they are hiring workers in occupations listed under this program.

The Provinces Included

Nova Scotia

One of the Maritime Provinces as well, Nova Scotia is made up of over 3, 800 coastal islands and is the second-smallest of Canada’s 13 provinces. The capital city is Halifax where the most spoken language is English.

Nova Scotia PNP
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
Skilled Worker Stream
Entrepreneur Stream
International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Physician Stream
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

New Brunswick

This little province is officially the only province that is bilingual according to Canada’s constitution, despite there being such a diversity of languages spoken across the country. Its capital is Fredericton, but its largest city is Moncton, one of the most liveable cities in Canada for immigrants.  
New Brunswick PNP
Express Entry Labour Market Stream
Skilled Workers with Employer Support
Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
Entrepreneurial Stream
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Prince Edward Island

PEI’s largest city and capital is Charlottetown, named after the queen consort of the British monarch at the time. There is the main island where most of the population lives while 231 other smaller islands dot the surrounds.  
Prince Edward Island PNP
Program Streams
PEI PNP Express Entry  
Labour Impact Category
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Worker Stream
  • International Graduate Stream
Business Impact Category
  • Work Permit Stream
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program  

Newfoundland & Labrador

This province has the highest concentration of native English speakers in Canada and 92% of the population lives on the island of Newfoundland. The capital is St. John’s on the Avalon Peninsula and it’s known as North America’s easternmost city.
Newfoundland & Labrador PNP
Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
Skilled Worker Category
International Graduate Category
International Entrepreneur Category
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

How We Can Help You Apply for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 

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Sign up with us to get evaluated for one of the nearly 70 different immigration programs available to applicants. Start your new life in Canada today and provide a high quality of life for your family. Choose to live in one of these rural communities versus urban centers and receive a warm welcome once you achieve permanent residence.