As an initiative to make Canadian immigration smoother for skilled workers and international graduates with low qualifying score, the Canadian Government introduced the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. This program is exclusively for professionals who wish to live and work in prominent Atlantic regions of Canada- Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador. The government has announced that through this program over 2000 eligible professionals will be invited for Canada Permanent Residency. This program has come into effect since March 2017 and shall be open for the next three years.

Why Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has been introduced?

The recent records show that many Atlantic regions of Canada are facing demographic challenges and a severe shortage of skilled workforce. In order to meet the skills gap at a faster pace and to support the businesses of Atlantic region, the Canadian Government has decided to invite skilled professionals to Canada through this Pilot Program. Three major categories have been designed, and the applicants eligible for any of the following categories get a chance to apply for PR through the AIPP:

Atlantic High Skilled Program:

This program category is for skilled workers who have completed their high school education and hold an employment offer (one-year full-time contract) in NOC Skill Type/Level 0, A, or B from any Atlantic Canadian employer.

Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program:

This program is for candidates who have one-year full-time job offer in NOC level 0, A, B or C from any employer of the Atlantic provinces and at least high school education.

Atlantic International Graduate Program:

The Atlantic International Graduate Program is for international graduates who have one year’s full-time employment in NOC skill type/level 0, A, B or C.

Parameters Requirement for Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program Requirement for Atlantic High-Skilled Program Requirement for Atlantic International Graduate Program
Job offer Candidates need a full time job offer in NOC 0, A or B level from any Atlantic province employer Candidates need a full-time job offer in NOC 0, A, B, or C level from any Atlantic province employer Candidates need a full time 1 year’s job offer in NOC 0, A, B or C level from any Atlantic province employer
Work Experience Min. 1 yr relevant work experience Not required
Qualification Min. High School At least post-secondary diploma (2 yrs) from a publicly funded institution of the Atlantic region
English language Skills CLB 4 in IELTS English or French
Validation Letter of Endorsement

*Applicants need to get their education accessed through Educational Credential Assessment

How is AIPP different from the other Canadian immigration programs?

  • Secondary Education is accepted: Through the AIPP, Canada accepts secondary education and/or occupation-specific training that relates to the required education criteria for the program.
  • NOC level C category is accepted: Skilled workers who hold a work experience in any occupation of the NOC Level C are also accepted, which otherwise is not accepted in the Express Entry Program selection system.
  • Language proficiency requirement is low: A candidate who wants to settle in Canada but does not have eligible English language skills for Canada Express Entry is accepted for a PR through AIPP. CLB4 is the minimum criteria for English language skills for AIPP.


Therefore, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is an excellent immigration opportunity for applicants who are unable to receive their ITA through Canada Express Entry. To know how we can help you apply for a PR visa through the AIPP and search for a job for the AIPP, leave us a message and our Canada Immigration Expert will contact you with more information.