The AIP was launched in March by the federal government in response to the population challenges faced by Atlantic Provinces.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an employer-driven program that enables 2,000 additional newcomers to make their way to, or remain in, the Atlantic Provinces for each of the next three years — in addition to these provinces’ annual immigration quotas.
For Nova Scotia, this means the ability to welcome 800 newcomers in addition to the usual 1,350 it welcomes each year.
Under the AIP, an employer must be designated to be able to participate in the program. Once an employer is designated, they can make a job offer to a newcomer who is already in the country or someone they have identified in another country.
With a job offer, proof of employer designation, and a settlement plan provided by one of Nova Scotia’s approved Settlement Provider Organizations (SPO’s), the employee can begin working for the employer and can begin their path toward permanent residency.
To become designated, an employer must:
Have a business operating in good standing
Provide information on labour needs
Commit to working with a service provider organization on settlement and retention
Through the AIP, employers can hire candidates who meet the requirements in any of the following streams:
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
Atlantic International Graduate Program
The work experience, education, and job offer a candidate needs will depend on whether they are applying as a worker or an international student graduate.
For more information on the AIP, you can visit the following sites: