Canadian Atlantic Immigration Pilot extended to 2021 -5th March, 2019

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In order to maintain the momentum, of the program Canada has extended the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program to December 2021. It was launched in 2017 for three years.

The aim of creation

Moreover, the aim of creating it was to address the issue of labor shortages in select provinces. These were:

1. Nova Scotia, 2. New Brunswick, 3. Prince Edward Island and finally 4. Newfoundland and Labrador

This pilot allows assigned employers in the provinces to employ eligible overseas skilled workers as well as international graduates of universities/colleges located in the region of Atlantic Canada. As per the statistics released by IRCC, 1,896 employers in the region made 3,729 job offers. This figure is after using the AIP since 2017. Additionally, 2,535 principal applicants and their families received the PR approval.

Furthermore, there is a heavy Demand for the AIP and so IRCC increased the annual allotment of fresh admissions in it by 500 additional spaces.

Atlantic Growth Strategy

Also, it is a basis for the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which is a joint initiative of the federal government and the provinces. It has a focus on economic development in the region.

Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Minister of IRCC, said that this extension will provide the Governments time to experiment and adopt different approaches and also assess the impact of the pilot in the region.

IRCC and the Atlantic provinces have a strategy to work hard and ensure that the pilot addresses the challenges of labor and demographics in the region.


IRCC introduced these changes in the AIP:

  • International graduates will get 24 months after their graduation to submit an application in the AIP.
  • This change will increase the numbers among the eligible global graduates who can participate in the Pilot. Moreover, it will allocate more time which they need to complete the process of PR application.
  • Employers in the health-care sector can hire nurses trained internationally for working as Continuing Care as well as Home Care Support Workers, to fill these job vacancies.
  • The Atlantic Provinces can avail the services of new authorities for focusing on their AIP spaces regarding meeting the labor market needs. This will also provide better supervision of the pilot and provide greater ability to the provinces to manage the designate-employers.
  • Commencing from May 1, 2019, IRCC will have the requirement that all applicants must meet the education, language, and work experience norms of the AIP, before seeking the approval of the work permit.
Other relevant details
Furthermore, a major advantage of this Pilot is that it is not necessary for the designated employers to go through the process to obtain the LMIA for jobs endorsed under it.
The eligibility norms are that the overseas workers should have a full-time job offer issued by the designated employer. They must also have one year full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in a paid occupation. This occupation should be in the Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B in Canadian NOC.

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