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The Canada government has announced the extension of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program until the end of 2021. Additionally, the aim is maintaining the momentum of the program.

The beginning

This Pilot was introduced in 2017, for addressing the massive labor shortage in the Atlantic Provinces. These were Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Under it, designated employers of these provinces were in a position to hire eligible overseas skilled workers as well as international students who graduated from the universities/colleges located in the Atlantic Canada region. After its launch, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program shows impressive performance. Totally 1,896 employers made 3,729 job offers using this Pilot. It has helped 2,535 principal applicants as well as their families in obtaining permanent residence in the country. Furthermore, there was an increase in demand for it last year. As a result, IRCC increased the annual allotment for new admissions by 500 more spots in it.

It is working well

The AIP serves as an important part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. This is an initiative run jointly by the federal as well as the provincial governments to achieve economic development of this region of Canada. Ahmed Hussen, the Immigration, Minister, expects that the extension in the lifespan of the pilot will give the country and the Atlantic Provinces sufficient time for experimenting with different approaches. This will also assess the impact of the program on a medium and long-term basis on the region.


IRCC introduced some strategic program changes in the AIP. These are:
  • International graduates get a time of 24 months after post-graduation to apply to the AIP. This change will increase their numbers to participate in AIP and also give them sufficient time for completing the PR application process.
  • Healthcare sector Employers can hire nurses trained internationally for working as continuing care and home care support workers to fill the job vacancies.
  • The Atlantic Provinces will have the focus of new authorities to meet the needs of the labor market.
  • This will give greater ability to the provinces to manage these designated employers.
  • Starting From May 1, 2019, it is mandatory for the applicants to meet the requirements regarding education, language, and work experience of the AIP before obtaining the work permit approval.
The eligibility norms for the AIP are that the candidates must have a full-time job offer from a designated employer and also have minimum one year of full-time or an equivalent part-time paid work experience. This has to be in an occupation in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B figuring in the National Occupational Classification of the country. Please follow us to Careeroverseas newsletters to know latest information and updates about Visa and Immigration. We request you to take our free evaluation to see whether you will be suitable or not and it will give new options available.

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