The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is the easiest immigration program

The federal government launched the Atlantic Immigration Pilot in March 2017. Canada was worried that most immigrants to Canada settle in big provinces, mainly Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, while small provinces in Atlantic Canada don’t get enough population to develop their economies. The goal of the Atlantic Pilot is to attract and retain immigrants to meet the labour market needs in the four Atlantic provinces.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot consists of three streams to target different levels of skilled workers the provinces are looking for. These streams are:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)​

Program eligibility

To be eligible for the Pilot, you need to gain a required minimum of work experience of 1560 hours worked in the last three years in one occupation. However, international graduates do not need work experience. Candidates need to have relevant training. For post-secondary education, you need to get an Education Credentials Assessment.

The language proficiency requirements in this program are the lowest among all economic programs. You only need to score CLB level 4 to meet the program requirement

Nevertheless, the most important requirement in the program is a job offer from the designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces. Currently, there are 2,318 designated employers in Atlantic Canada who are allowed to hire workers in the program.

How many immigrants came into this program?

In 2017, when the program was started, just 80 people immigrated to this program. In 2018, their number grew to 1,415 immigrants. As of October 31, 2019, Canada already welcomed 3,515 immigrants in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. Most of them settled in New Brunswick, which admitted 1,560 immigrants or 44.4% of them. 1,320 people or 37.6% settled in Nova Scotia. Newfoundland and Labrador welcomed 330 or 9.4% newcomers, and Prince Edward Island admitted 305 or 8.7% of Atlantic immigrants. Since March 2017, almost 5,010 people immigrated to Canada in this program.

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