Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program seeks to attract skilled immigrants to the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia,New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. These provinces have finding a labour shortage due to low immigration interest rates, and are looking to attract newcomers by offering this fast track to immigration along with attractive work and settlement opportunities. The process begins with the employer, who will recruit immigrants and recent international graduates.
Once an employer recruits an immigrant, they are responsible for contacting and working with the local settlement agencies to create a settlement plan that will meet the needs of the prospective immigrants. This means “housing, language training, child care, and education are all taken care of.” All the candidate needs to do is await a letter of endorsement from the province, complete the permanent resident application and send it to IRCC with all other required documentation. The application is then fast-tracked within six months and, once it is approved, the candidate may come to Canada along with their family.
Atlantic provinces “need staff at all skill levels, in all the sectors, in sales and financial services. Therefore, this program could offer great opportunity to all who want to become Canadian permanent residents. Approved employers will recruit from abroad and “recommend” workers to fill jobs.
One of the reasons these Atlantic provinces have not seen high levels of immigration is due to the lack of immigrants interest. Immigrants tend to migrate to areas where they know they will be joining a large immigrant community. However, one potential benefit of immigrating to an area with smaller immigrant communities is that newcomers will be encouraged to interact more with locals and integrate more quickly into their new home. Though in its early stages, this program now has more than 650 approved employers who may participate. Together, the employers have recommended over 750 workers to fill jobs in the provinces and 122 permanent resident applications have been submitted. The cap for newcomers is 2,000 by the end of 2018, and is expected to double to 4,000 by 2020. Future applicants can therefore expect growing immigrant communities. The provinces are also eager to fill the labour gaps, and thus will be welcoming areas to settle.