Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program since its inception in March 2017 has been steadily growing. The AIPP helps skilled workers to immigrate to Canada’s Atlantic Provinces with a job offer. The program was initially released for a short duration of three years but based on the success of the program so far, it seems that the program will become permanent.
The first year of AIPP was slow-going where the most of the Atlantic province included in the pilot filled on the portion of their immigration quotas for the year. Though, this was changed in second year as the Atlantic province were quickly filled their quotas for 2018. To compare, in November of 2017 Atlantic province had accepted less than half of their allowed immigrants for the year. In the summer of 2018, there was demand to accept even more than the quota for 2,000 newcomers. This growth motivated the Minister for Immigration to announce an increase in the 2018 quota by 500 additional spots. The increase in the current quota took to number of spots from 2,000 to 2,500.
The Atlantic Immigrant Pilot Program was introduced by the Canadian Government to address labour shortages in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces namely Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. These provinces are specifically targeted because of inability to attract young skilled workers and this program seeks to address these shortages.
The AIPP has faster route of applying Canada Permanent Residency than most of the other provincial programs. Many streams rely on the job offers however AIP is LMIA exempt that means employers do not need to complete a Labour Market Impact Assessment before hiring an overseas worker.
The AIPP is an employer-driven program meaning potential migrants can apply to the program after receiving a job offer from one of the provinces designated employers. With a job offer, candidates are able to begin the endorsement phase of the process, in which they work with their employer and the provincial immigration authority to arrange the settlement services they will receive after reaching Canada. After getting an approval from the province, the candidate receives a work permit allowing them to start working while they submit an application process for Canada Permanent Residency.
With the progress of AIPP, the Canadian immigration department recently released new pilot, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot on January 24th based on AIP mechanism. This program targets Canada’s rural and northern areas. This program aims to attract rural communities in Northern Canada, and from Ontario westward excluding Atlantic westward.
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