Map of Canada highlighting the four Atlantic provinces.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Canada

As a regulated consultant I encourage clients to apply for the atlantic immigration pilot program or AIPP. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is for the four Atlantic provinces of Canada. The provinces included in this program are:

  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island

Candidates with a job offer may be eligible for this stream. In order to do so, they must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Benefits of AIPP

Some of the benefits of AIPP are:

  • No LMIA required with a job offer.
  • Quick processing time of 6 months.
  • Spouse is eligible to work with an open-work permit
  • While for express entry federal skilled worker program you need to have a language proficiency of at least CLB 7, for AIPP you may be eligibile with a low language proficiency of even CLB 4.

Types of Atlantic Immigration Programs

1. Atlantic High-Skilled Program

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Valid job offer from an employer taking part in the Atlantic Immigration pilot program. (Employer must have a confirmation of designation from the province).
  • The job offer should be full time, in NOC 0, A or B and last at least a year.
  • One year or more of work experience in a management, professional or skilled job (NOC 0, A or B).
  • High-school diploma or higher education.
  • English language skills at CLB 4 or higher
  • Have sufficient funds as per your family size

2. Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

The work experience requirements for Atlantic intermediate-skilled program are as follows.

  • Work experience in an NOC C job. The NOC C jobs require high-school education or job specific training. Some examples of NOC C jobs are industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers and food and beverage servers.
  • Registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC skill level A 3012), or a licensed practical nurse (NOC skill level B 3233). You also need to have a job offer from NOC 3413 or 4412.

Plus the same language and financial requirement apply.

3. Atlantic International Graduate Program

  • You have a degree or diploma from an Atlantic province (publicly funded institution).
  • Have spent 16 out of 24 months in that province before getting your degree or diploma.
  • Can satisfy the language and financial requirements and have a job offer.

List of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program designated employers

To see if your employer qualifies for this program, please see the list of designated employers for each province below. By clicking on the province, you will :

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick


newfoundland and Labrador

International Recruitment events by New Brunswick Employers

A flyer for New Brunswick international recruitment event with a black and white picture of a ship depicting the maritime province.
New Brunswick International Recruitment Events

A great opportunity to get a job from an employer from New Brunswick is to participate in their international recruitment events. By participating in these job fairs and information sessions, applicants who are interested in living in the province of New Brunswick, Canada can directly meet interested employers and get a job.

Once an applicant has a job offer, he or she may apply for immigration to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration pilot program, since it requires a job offer from a designated Atlantic province employer.

Flags of Morocco, Invory Coast, Senegal and Mexico where New Brunswick's recruitment events will take place for Atlantic Employers.

Here is an example of an international recruitment event, which took place in four countries. Applicants with job experience in the following occupations signed up and participated.

List of in demand occupations for New Brunswick Atlantic Immigration pilot program.

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Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to find a job for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

There are a few possible options. You can search for the list of designated employers of the Atlantic provinces, which is available on this page, and from there search for jobs in those companies. Another option can be to participate in international recruitment events of the atlantic provinces, where employers come with the provincial government represenatives to hire candidates for in demand occupations. Another option is to connect with recruiters and professionals from your occupation and companies of interest from the Atlantic provinces, like through linkedin, and discuss job opportunities with them.

What IELTs score is required for Atlantic Immigration pilot program (AIPP)?

Language skills at CLB 4 or higher are required for the AIPP i.e. for IELTs 3.5 in Listening, 4 in Writing and Speaking and 4.5 in listening.

Is an LMIA required for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)?

NO, an LMIA is not required for AIPP.

What are the Atlantic Provinces of Canada?

The four Atlantic Provinces of Canada are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. They are called Atlantic provinces due to their proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, since they are on the Eastern side of Canada.

Can I move to another province once I get a PR through AIPP?

As per the Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms, a permanent resident or a citizen of Canada is free to live anywhere in Canada. But if you do not intend to live in an Atlantic Province where you are applying for a job, you should not misrepresent yourself by saying that you intend to reside in that province. This is ethically wrong, and may be considered misrepresentation in future applications. For example, if you land in Nova Scotia on 1st of August and move to Toronto the next week, it may be considered misrepresentation since it would appear that you never truly intended to stay in Nova Scotia but did not disclosure this in your AIPP application.

Is there a maximum age limit to apply for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)?

No. Age is not one of the eligibility factors for AIPP, but it might impact the probability of an applicant receiving a job offer from a designated employer which is a critical step in the AIPP.

How long does does the Atlantic Immigration pilot program take to complete?

The current processing time for AIPP is 6 months for the PR.

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