Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), Canadian Immigration has opened a new program to allow skilled immigrants and international graduates to have permanent residence in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

This program, which opened March of 2017, aims to allow 2,000 immigrants and their immediate families into the “Maritimes” or the Atlantic region East of Canada.

The AIPP is part of Canada’s Atlantic Growth Strategy which aims to focus on these key areas:

  1. Skilled immigrants
  2. Modernization
  3. Green Growth through clean energy
  4. Employment and commercial venture
  5. Infrastructure projects

How AIPP works:

The program is significantly driven by the involvement of employers from the Atlantic Provinces.

If you are interested to immigrate through AIPP, you have to get the support of your employer. Once your employer sends you the job offer and you have accepted the job, your employer will have to connect you with a service provider in order for your settlement and development needs to be assessed.

Your employer needs to indicate that they will support you and your family so you can be settled and integrated into Canada.

Should your employer need to fill a job vacancy urgently, they can process a temporary work permit for you so that you and/or your family can come to Canada as early as possible. For this to happen, you have to procure the following:

  1. Your Job Offer
  2. Letter from the Atlantic province
  3. Your commitment to file for permanent residency not more than 90 days after your temporary work permit application

If you are applying as a student graduate, you have to come from publicly-funded institutions in one of the Atlantic provinces.

Publicly-funded institutions list

Institution Province
Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick New Brunswick
Maritime College of Forest Technology New Brunswick
Mount Allison University New Brunswick
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design New Brunswick
New Brunswick Community College New Brunswick
Saint Thomas University New Brunswick
Université de Moncton New Brunswick
University of New Brunswick & University of New Brunswick Saint Jean New Brunswick
College of the North Atlantic Newfoundland
Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland
Acadia University Nova Scotia
Atlantic School of Theology Nova Scotia
Cape Breton University Nova Scotia
Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Mount Saint Vincent University Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Community College Nova Scotia
Saint Francis Xavier University Nova Scotia
Saint Mary’s University Nova Scotia
Université Sainte-Anne Nova Scotia
University of Kings College Nova Scotia
Collège de l’Île Prince Edward Island
Holland College Prince Edward Island
University of Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island



In order for the ministry to evaluate the success of AIPP, employers and service providers are requested to file regular reports. Details on the reporting process are on the government website.

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