Atlantic Immigration Pilot Scheme: A way to increase Canadian immigration


Canada has refined its immigration scheme for residents which include changes made by the Atlantic provinces of Canada for the requirements of the workers which can be allowed into these regions. In fact as per these changes to be introduced as AIPP( Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program), the work experience required is nil for international students. The provinces of Canada which are included in Atlantic Provinces are “Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland”.

Moreover, workers who don’t have much of language ability and belong to the national Occupational Classification code C can get immigration through such changes. Apart from the NOC code C, workers in NOC code A, B or 0 are also eligible for this program.  The IRCC will start accepting applications under this program from March, 2017.  The 2000 immigrants will get an entry into Canada as per these changes.

The federal government of Canada wants to get more immigrants into these provinces for their development. This program is to be implemented for a period of three years.  The main aim of this program is to remove the resource gaps that these Atlantic Provinces are facing.

The candidates are now required to just have a job offer of at least 1 year contractual duration with a Canadian employer and Canadian educational experience, work experience in the field of job offer and to get approved for immigration under this scheme. The student should have passed out from any of the public educational institutions located in these provinces. The list can be seen on this link:


The international graduates are eligible to apply under the Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) which is a subpart of the AIPP program. Under that program:

  • Students are required to have a job offer of one year from a Canadian employer under the NOC codes, A, B, C or 0.
  • A two year diploma completed after secondary schooling from those institutions included in the above mentioned link.

The other two schemes which are applicable as per these changes:

Atlantic High skilled program(AHSP): Under this program, you have to get a job offer from a Canadian employer for one year to be eligible, but the best part is that the requirement of LMIA has been done away with due to which it is not so hassling for the employers to get visas for their employees.

  • The employees, whose NOC’s are 0, A and B, are eligible for application for this visa.

Atlantic Intermediate skilled program (AISP): The requirements for application under this program are a job offer for any duration applicable for candidates whose jobs meet the NOC requirements of A, B, C or 0.

Apart from these requirements, the other conditions that apply for both AISP and AHSP applicants are:

However a requirement which is a must is that you should have a skilled experience of 1 year related to the job offer.

  • Apart from that, you should get Educational Credential assessment (ECA) done.
  • It’s also important to get a high school passing certificate.